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This is my first instructable, so let me know if something is not clear.

A few years ago, I found a cover that I really liked, but it was twenty or thirty dollars. I'm a tightwad, so I found fingernail polish that looked similar to the holographic quality of the cover and painted the phone with it.

For four dollars, I had a phone that looked like the expensive case.

The nail polish stood up to the wear for months before I removed it and changed the color.

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Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Picture of Gather your supplies.

You will need:

1. Cheap kitchen sponge. Cheaper the better, they have smaller holes and create a better finish.

2. At least two colors of nail polish. Make sure the polish is not transparent. The polish should cover completely with two coats. You can use this method with other types of paint on other items. I like the polish because it's cheap and has a lot of lasting power.

3. Scissors, to cut the sponge.

4. A surface to work. I use a piece of paper, usually junk mail, if I think I'll be messy.

5. Nail polish remover and a cloth to use with it. I do not recommend cotton balls because of the lint. I use cheap baby wipes to wash my face and reuse them for nail polish removal when they have dried. This is just for clean up, if you need it.

6. The item you are painting. This can be almost anything. If you are using nail polish though, it should be small. The polish dries fast.


darklotus11 months ago

The finished result looks great - this is such a fun and do-able way to personalise your phone! Well done!

I love the blues you used.

rkhursheed11 months ago

i really like the colors youv reminds me of the milkyway

dvspec (author)  rkhursheed11 months ago

That is what I was going for. Thanks. I am still trying to figure out how to do a nebula, but in the mean time I did the Milky Way.

antilgurlz 11 months ago
I loved it and it was really cool
dvspec (author)  antilgurlz 11 months ago

Glad you tried it. Beautify your world!

antilgurlz 12 months ago
that's soo cool, I'm gonna do it
vballamy12 months ago
does it work on iphone 4s?
dvspec (author)  vballamy12 months ago

I have never had an iPhone so I can't say. The only thing that might cause problems is I believe they have a slick surface where mine had a little texture. If you are willing to do it, rough up the slickness with some very fine grade sand paper and wipe down the surface again with polish remover.

Super cute
watchmeflyy12 months ago

Lovely blending!

chocolatechip12 months ago

Very cool!

Wow this is so pretty! I love glitters and gradients!

doodlecraft12 months ago

Way cool! Love the galaxy look! :)

craftclarity12 months ago

I like the results a lot. That style of painting livens up anything with filleted edges, like phones and technological devices...

asiansloth1 year ago
I like it a lot and you were very clear :)
Robibame1 year ago