Make Your Own Beaded Phone Case

Beaded iPhone Cases DIYHey, guys—it's Katie here! I'm forever on the lookout for adorable phone cases. Maybe it's because my phone lives a pretty hard life in and out (and in and out) of the ol' purse, but I'm constantly roughing up my cases and switching them out. I came across a beaded case recently that was really cute but out of my price range, so what better time for a DIY?

When I was first planning, my main concern was making sure the beads wouldn't be popping off all over the place while I'm out and about. After mulling this over for a bit, my solution was stringing them up with a needle and thread to help them stay put! Spoiler: they totally do stay where they're supposed to!

-glass beads in whatever color you choose
-blank phone case (I got mine here)
E6000 glue
-small needle and thread

Step 1- thread the beadsStep One: Plan out what kind of design you'd like. I decided a shimmery/stripey case was right up my alley and pretty straightforward for my first attempt. Start stringing your beads on your needle and thread.

Step 2- begin gluing rowsStep Two: Once you have a good little run of beads, open up your E6000 glue and apply three or four generous rows along the bottom of the case.

Step 3- use pliers or a toothpick to arrange the beadsStep Three: Use a pair of needle nose pliers or a couple of toothpicks to help you line your beaded rows. My stripes were seven rows deep and then I would change colors, but obviously feel free to switch this up however you'd like.

Step 4- continue gluing beadsStep Four: Continue threading and gluing toward the top. To make sure the beads are as secure as possible, use plenty of glue! When you reach the top, snip your extra little bits of string.

Make your own beaded iPhone casesAs you can see, the only slightly tricky part of this tutorial was beading around the camera hole, but as long as you take it slow, it's really no trouble.

Customize your iPhone case-- click through for tutorial DIY Beaded iPhone Cases Make a custom iPhone case!I decided to buy a multi-pack of blank phone cases so the gals and I can have a crafting night soon! I've been scheming my next designs, and I think my case will feature a heart…or maybe a slice of pizza…or possibly a cat? Okay, so I haven't totally decided, but I know it's going to be cute! Happy crafting, friends! xo. Katie

  • This is definitely more practical than those decoden phone cases with little cakes, candies etc. Love it.

  • This is a really creative, simple but amazing idea and it looks so
    Good. Well done –

  • This is so cute! I need a new phone case, so maybe I’ll do just that!

  • Can’t believe how simple this was, it looks great
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  • So cute! You could do this with so many designs and colors too!


  • Hey! I just saw your blog post from a few years ago about your swan Halloween costume and I absolutely loved it. I want to wear it to my Taylor Swift costume that I plan on going to but I was wondering about the tulle skirt. When you cut the strips and put them around the waist band do you just tie it in knots around the waist band? Thanks haha

  • This is amazing and quite expensive. Also, I have a similar project if you care to check, a string of beads over lace phone case.

  • Hi! I loved this thing and I’m definitely sharing it on my blog. However, I have one question. You have used glue in it, that would be attached on the phone permanently that way right? I mean you cannot take it off and replace it with another one if you wish?

  • What a great idea! The beaded phone case looks fantastic. I have a lot of seed beads at home so this would be an ideal project! What kind of seed beads have you used, are they Miyuki?

    Claire xo
    Beads Jar UK

  • Beautiful! What a great idea. I can never find a phone case for my Android. I never thought of making one.

    🙂 Stacey

  • Whoa, dude! Tell me you used a bead threader! Because that looks like it would take forevvv to hand-string. Cute though. 🙂 Make me one please, because I’m lazy. 🙂

    Emily |

  • This looks so pretty. Can’t wait to see the other designs you come up with

  • This is such a cute idea! I’ve been looking for a way to dress up my otter box and this looks like just the thing.

  • Super cool idea for a customize gif! I may give it a try!!
    Iman from www,

  • This is super cute 🙂

  • So cute. And doesn’t seem to be complicated to make! 🙂

    Xo, Deborah

  • I think that would definitely work and make the case even longer-lasting! –Katie

  • They are from Bonlook: 🙂 -Jacki

  • Neat idea. A flag one for the Fourth of July would be great!

    I was wondering if you could pour some resin over the beads afterwards to really seal everything in and give it a smoother surface. What do you think?

  • This totally reminds me of my childhood, stringing along beads!!
    Love the idea, and looks great as an iPhone case.


  • Please tell me where you found those pink glasses from…. I am in love!!!!!!!!

  • Oh I love this!! Such a good idea, I can never find the right iPhone case, I never even thought of making my own!! Definitely going to try this xx

  • This is such a cute, easy idea! I love the idea of adding a little texture.

  • This is such a good idea! It’s hard to find cute cases that 1.) are within your price range and 2.) actually protect your phone. I really like this one! And it looks super easy to make.

  • I love this! It would make such a cool birthday or shower gift without costing a ton. And would probably be really fun and relaxing to make!

    xx Jill

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  • This is such a good idea, and it looks great!

  • Hi Elsie, im Sole from Argentina and i followed your guides and opened a blog about my passion! Thanks for the insipiration.
    XOXO Sole

  • This turned out so cute! I used to have a beaded phone case and loved it but after time they started to come off. I don’t think that would be a problem with this one x

    Erin |

  • This phone case is amazing! I’m 100% making this!


  • Such a great idea! I have so many little glass beads lying around that I didn’t know what to do with. I’ll definitely be giving this a go! x

    Jess | It’s That Time For

  • Oh my God! That looks fantastic, what a sweet idea!
    And threading them, such a good idea to stop all the beads falling off, I used to have a glittery case for my old Iphone 4, and it went everywhere! My boyfriend was not happy!
    Just Love it!!!
    Beth Mac Designs

  • Omg this is such a cool idea!! 😮 definitely going to try it soon
    Thanks for sharing

    Xoxo Jessy

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