How to add flowers to a phone case

how to add flowers to a phone caseWritten April 2015.  Updated March 2020.

One of the things I love about living in Florida is that every spring, the wildflowers go crazy in bloom.  They grow in fields and alongside the roads.  People are thoughtful enough to not mow them while they are so beautiful.  It makes a long drive much more enjoyable.

I had wanted to embellish a plastic iPhone cover with something, I just didn’t know what…..until the spring flowers arrived.

Drying the flowers

I picked a handful and kept them in water until I arrived home.  Because I didn’t want to wait to use my flowers, I decided to dry the flowers in a microwave.  With my microwave, I needed somewhere between 30 and 75 seconds to dry the flowers.  (Some got a little crispy, so be sure to have plenty on hand when you start this project.)

Florida wildflowers

Note to self: When the drinking glass you use starts to get really, really hot, get a new one.  It will eventually crack.  Whoops.

cracked glass

Add the flowers to the phone case

I placed the flowers onto the phone case in the desired spaces without gluing them down. I mixed some Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast epoxy resin.  I decided to use this resin because it is a durable, clear casting resin that is great for coatings such as this.

Based upon my previous experience with using flowers dried in the microwave, I didn’t seal them either.  At least when I used them before, I didn’t think that it made a difference.

adding resin to coat a phone cover

Okay, in case I had forgotten, the resin always wins.  Notice how my flowers go from a cheerful yellow and purple to an electric orange and green.  Hmmm.  It looks like I need to try sealing.

Not shown:  Cover the resin and phone case and allow to cure.

adding clear resin to flowers and a phone cover

Finished phone case with flowers

Overall though, I think it turned out pretty cool.  Like no one has to know that the flowers weren’t supposed to turn out that way.  Although now it appears that I’m going to have to try this process again with sealing the flowers this time.  (No, I’m not going to let the resin get the best of me!)

flowers in resin on an iPhone case

I will also mention that I wanted to be very sure that the resin didn’t drip over the side.  While it’s not a big deal to sand if off a hard surface such as metal or wood, I wasn’t sure the cheap plastic would hold up to sandpaper very well.  Therefore, I didn’t put on a very thick layer of resin.  Since it wasn’t thick, a few of the flowers are raised out of the resin.  I don’t know that you can see the difference, but you can feel the difference.  If this bothers you, simply coat with another layer of resin.

dried flowers in resin on a phone case

Have you ‘blinged out’ a phone case?  What do you like to put on yours?

 

 

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4 Comments

Andy

Fellow Floridian here (I’m only an hr from you)
When drying organic materials (such as flowers) I found that unless they are completely dried out (almost crispy critters) that any organic material that remains will change color with the introduction of resin.
I have the same little purple flowers all over my yard. When they are completely dried out (in the micro) they will be a very pale lillac color. Yours in the pic are still a pretty purple so that tells me they were not *completely* dried out.
When I use those same purple flowers, since I know they will turn pale, I nuke them to dry out all organic materials then I very lightly mist them with some food coloring I mix to match it’s original color. I let that sit and dry over night before I introduce any resin.
Hope that helps with the color change problem for anyone that wants to add once living organisms to resin projects.

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tonya

Can’t wait to try this. I might use the glow in the dark powder since I’m always losing my phone in the dark.

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Kim Hewit

Try using some masking or packing tape on the sides of the phone case so that the resin doesn’t overflow. You can leave the tape a little higher on the top to create a dam.

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