Father's Day DIY Project : June 2016 : Decoupage Tablet cover

What you will need:

  • Tablet or smartphone cover (preferably one you can take apart)
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Dala Podge
  • Dala Styrofoam glue
  • Glossy print of your choice (book covers are excellent)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic bag *optional

Step 1:

Take the cover apart so that the outer most part (the actual cover) has been separated from the inner sections. If the cover doesn't work like this, make sure you are working with the outermost, flattest part of the cover. Before cutting the image print or book cover to size, remember to leave a buffer / margin of about 1.5cm -2cm around this measurement for folding over the sides.

Step 2:

Apply podge to the outside of the cover and place the print on top. Make sure to smooth out any bubbles before applying a layer of podge to the top of the print. A small brayer or roller will work well for this. If you don't have a brayer or roller a brush will suffice.

Do not touch the wet podge, even when it begins to dry and starts to get tacky. You will most definitely remove some of or damage the print. Leave it where it cannot be disturbed and give the cover ample time to dry before the next step (time as stipulated on the label by manufacturer).

Step 3:

When you can run your hand over the top of the entire podged print without it feeling tacky it can be turned over. To be safe perhaps let it lie face down on a plastic bag. Now cut the corners as shown and apply some podge to the cover itself. Fold the print over the edge and apply pressure. Once again smooth out any bubbles before applying the top layer of podge. Give it time to dry properly.

Step 4:

Apply two to three more layers of podge to the cover leaving enough drying time between layers. Apply each layer at a 90 degree angle to the previous one to create a strong and even seal.

Step 5:

Once the cover has dried completely you can stick all the inside bits back inside the cover using Dala Styro glue. Sparingly though - so as to minimise mess and because it's so strong!

Make sure to apply some pressure and leave it to dry for about 20 - 30 minutes.

Step 6:

Once the cover has dried completely (glue and podge) you can put a tablet / phone back in and surprise dad with his awesome new comic covered case!