Pressed flowers and leaves are something I just can’t seem to get enough of. It’s gotten to the point where, at any given point, I have a bunch hidden between the pages of various books in my home just waiting for a time I’ll want to use them. This DIY is my favorite way to use pressed flowers yet.
I love the idea of adding a small group of gorgeous pressed flowers and leaves to an already beautiful printed iPhone case — like one of these — or taking an otherwise plain case and totally covering it from top to bottom.
I like to use the standard method of pressing flowers, by pressing them between two pages of a thick book and waiting about a week for them to dry.
Hard plastic phone case (see our selection of cases)
Pressed flowers and leaves
Clear casting epoxy resin (found at most craft stores in the adhesives aisle)
2 plastic cups
4 wooden stirrers
Acetone nail polish remover
1. First, play around with different flower and leaf arrangements on the back of the case. I didn’t want to fully cover up the beautiful pattern on the back of my case, so I just used a few strategically-placed flowers and leaves to add some dimension and color.
3. In a well-ventilated space, mix your resin according to the instructions on the box. Be sure to read the instructions very carefully, and follow the measurements precisely. This particular resin requires the bottles to first be slightly warmed by running them under water, and then mixed in two steps, using two separate cups and two wooden stirrers.
4. Place your phone case onto a piece of wax paper if you’d like — this is where any spare drips of resin will land.
5. When your resin is fully mixed, pour a bit onto the back of your phone case. Use a wooden stick to spread it out evenly, making sure to cover the entire back portion. Add more resin, bit by bit, until the flowers and leaves are fully covered.
6. Your job is done. You may sit and wait! Actually, it may serve you better to go about your life for a while and check back in every now and then to see how the hardening of your resin is coming along!
Depending on the phone case material, resin thickness and room temperature, it may take anywhere from a few hours to a few days for the resin to fully dry. Once your resin has dried, you may find that some pieces of flowers and leaves haven’t been fully covered by resin. If this is the case, you may add a second coat of resin at this time.
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