JAPANESE DECORATED CELL PHONES HOW-TO TUTORIAL. DIY LAPTOP DECORATIONS, CUTE MOBILE CHARMS & STRAPS, SAMSUNG FOREVER TOUCH SCREEN PHONE.
My cell phone had a cracked screen and dented case from the zillion times I dropped it. Time for a replacement. I’m too poor for a Blackberry or iPhone (the plans are so expensive), but I’m very pleased with my new Samsung Forever. Texting-wise, the touch screen is a vast improvement.
A new mobile means… time to customize! First, I peeled away the protective plastic covers and turned OFF the keytone sounds (two of my pet peeves). Then I bought a new ringtone — Combichrist’s All Pain Is Gone — because I like industrial, and for the laugh factor (when someone calls, the phone screams, “This is the dayy, the dayy I dieeeee! Alll painn is gonnnnne!”). Next, I took a photo of my squishy Scottish Fold cat and set it as the wallpaper.
The best part: decorating the backside. I looked at blinged-out Japanese cell phones for inspiration (above). However, I didn’t want anything too three-dimensional, such as a plush teddy bear or giant strawberry — it would surely come off. And I didn’t want to buy new craft materials.
So I covered my mobile with Alice in Wonderland stickers and gems from Daiso and Tokyu Hands. I coated the bare areas with glitter nail polish, taking care to avoid the camera and stay within the lines. Finally, I painted several top coats with clear nail polish, to make sure the stickers adhered. (Tip: open the windows. How I was woozy from the fumes!)
You may remember my laptop and notebook decoration tutorials. (Click here to refresh your memory.)
My new laptop runs circles around the old one, but it wasn’t sufficiently heavy metal. While at Magic clothing tradeshow in Vegas, I picked up free stickers from Goth and alternative clothing brands. I stuck them on my laptop lid; ta-da, J-rock computer. (Isn’t Basil Farrow’s mouse toy scary? It looks so real.)
You can decorate your Nintendo DS case, hair clips, cell phone straps… anything in your possession! (Check out the Fancy Pocket examples above.) All you need are basic kawaii/decora items such as stickers, charms, nail polish, gems, beads, glitter… and your imagination.
Have you tried decorating your laptop or cell phone? Do you have a photo of your pet as your mobile’s wallpaper?
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