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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jingit, but all crafty goodness is mine!


Eric and I got new iPhones about 5 months ago- Woohoo!! Upgrade time is like Christmas isn’t it??  We got our phones and I picked up a really cheap case because I knew I shouldn’t go even 5 minutes without some kind of protection for my phone.  Between DIY projects and 4 kids- it doesn’t really stand a chance unprotected!!  I figured I’d get home and pick out a really cute case on etsy, but now 5 months have passed and I’ve still been sporting the ugly cheepo case.


I was feeling like I haven’t done a crafty project in a long time- we do a ton of bigger DIY projects on our TV show “Knock It Off!”, but crafty ones, not as often.  So, I decided it was time to DIY my own iPhone case! Now, since I let my kids play on my phone, I knew that whatever I did had to be super durable!  Right now my kids are obsessed with the Piano Tiles game (aka “white tiles”)  They wanted me to try last week, so I played a round and got a high score of 57.  I thought that was big stuff until I learned that 3 out of my 4 kids always score over 100 and even my 5 year old had schooled me.  I am SO NOT a gamer!!  Anyhow…back to the case.  I wanted a simple case, but something with some fun edginess too!  I decided on a plain white case and some studs.  I knew that Krazy Glue would be the perfect adhesive to stand up to my Krazy kids!

Here’s My DIY Studded iPhone Case!

DIY Studded Phone Case East Coast Creative

Making it was really simple, and just the right amount of craftiness to get it out of my system! I started with metal studs from the craft store- the ones intended to be ironed on, not the ones with the metal post on the back.

stud iphone case east coast creative

Next, I pulled out my Krazy Glue.  My very first memories of Krazy Glue from when I was around middle school age and I would always glue my fingers together when working on projects! I knew from that moment on that the stuff was legit and my go-to for projects that needed a serious bond! It’s strong and dries quickly.  Win-Win!

Krazy Glue DIY projects East Coast Creative

I was thrilled to learn that the same Krazy Glue I love now comes in a BIG 20g size! With the amount of projects I do,  this size is much better and it’s perfect for larger scale projects.  I put a dot of glue on each individual stud and placed them on the iPhone case.  Once it had fully dried, I tested it out a bit and those babies aren’t going anywhere! The Krazy Glue is making sure of that!


And since I always promise to keep things real around here, I’ve gotta show you one of my attempts that was a total fail!!  I was really diggin’ the idea of leather and studs together…  but I didn’t have the right cutting tools I needed- a lot of my stuff makes it’s way to our show materials bins and never returns, so my cuts were atrocious and it overall just looked terrible.  So, next time you have a complete FAIL on an idea, just look back at this hot mess and it will make you feel better!

DIY Project Fail East Coast Creative Blog

Thankfully I stuck it out, tried again, and ended up with a new case that I love!  Another thing I love is saving money, but I’m not a coupon clipper.  I tried it a few times, cut all the coupons and then left them in the car- didn’t save a penny.  Dangit!  But, thanks to my now cute iPhone, I am a huge fan of Apps that save me some moolah!  Have you heard about Jingit?  It’s pretty cool!


Basically, with the Jingit app, you can earn cash instantly online or in person at the store.  They partner with tons of  great brands that I already use, and it’s pretty simple to do!   I love that I don’t have to have an app for every store I use- this is one stop shopping!


I used Jingit to get a discount on my Krazy Glue for my iPhone case.  I logged into the App and “checked in” at Walmart and it showed me what discounts were available.


There are some deals where you click and it plays a super quick video featuring the product- they’re really fast – kind of like a mini commercial before you get the savings. I didn’t mind it at all. So much better than clipping coupons!  The other cool thing is that you can actually earn cash back in the Jingit app! It will accrue in your account!  Gotta love free money!

And since I know you guys love free money as much as I do, we’re giving away a $500 WalMart Giftcard!  They have tons of craft supplies and small scale tools for your next DIY project!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jingit but any project fails or successes are totally on me!

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The comments +

  1. Cara says:

    For some DIY project I’m sure. I love some good glue!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. jackie says:

    I’d use it to add embellishments to vases

  4. I’d use it to fix broken toys and so much more!

  5. Alyssa says:

    Oh I love apps like this! Any way I can find to save money, count me in!

  6. I’d most likely use the crazy glue to [inadvertently] glue my fingers together.

  7. Traci Chandler says:

    I adore the cover you made!

  8. Hooray for simple projects to refresh our creative juices! And double hooray for Krazy glue! Love the white & gold. And that fail… thanks for sharing! Why wouldn’t color-blocked leather be amazing? Oh…oops…

  9. Lisa D. says:

    I would use it for some art projects I have up my sleeve!!

  10. Melissa C. says:

    I have a project involving some broken depression era glass that I foraged from my parent’s woods (used to be a dumping ground for my grandparent’s farm) that I could use some Krazy Glue on.

  11. Julie Ball says:

    I recently made a wreath and hot-glued our initial onto it. In the Alabama heat, the letter fell off! I’ll try Krazy Glue and see if that works a little better!

  12. Amber Arnold says:

    I have about five things that my girls have broken that need some Krazy Glue to fix.

  13. Stacy says:

    The bigger question is what wouldn’t I use it for?? 🙂 I have some cute little projects to do (like this cell phone case), as well as some heavier projects.

  14. Victoria W. says:

    Krazy Glue is probably the best invention there is!

  15. Becky H. says:

    I’ll be getting a new phone soon, and I’d love to try out the studded phone case!

  16. Sara says:

    I would use it to fix things around my home and projects I plan on doing.

  17. dianne a says:

    I have a large, broken platter that I would be able to repair and display.

  18. Kalina says:

    I would use it for some major bejewling I have in mind for some craft projects!

  19. Judy says:

    I’d like to jazz up some picture frames I have around the house.

  20. Addie says:

    use for some craft projects!

  21. Callie says:

    I’ve got a few mirrors for a project – I’d use the Krazy Glue on that in a heartbeat!

  22. Becky says:

    Love the iphone case! So fun! Krazy Glue is good for so much. I have a number of crafts in my ‘to do’ pile that I could use it for!

  23. Katie says:

    Yay, love this post! Thank You!

  24. Karly English says:

    I would us it to fix a broken candle stick that broke in our latest move.

  25. Melissa says:

    To make a driftwood light fixture.

  26. angela says:

    I just used Krazy Glue yesterday to fix a broken piece of wedding china and a broken toy hedgehog.

  27. Andrea says:

    I’m not sure what I’d use it for, but I have two teenaged daughters who would LOVE to recreate your phone case!

  28. Dora says:

    I would use Krazy Glue for a few felt flower headbands for my daughter.

  29. love the studs- so chic! 🙂

  30. I’ve got some picture frames that need some help stickin together….

  31. Mary says:

    I have a 3 yr old- enough said!

  32. Ellen Sedberry says:

    Not sure exactly what I’d use it for, but with Kid’s Sunday School crafts, card making, wreath making, etc. I’m sure I’d find a good use for it. By the way, I love your show, “Knock It Off”! One of my very favorite TV shows.

  33. Laura says:

    I have a broken piggy bank that a 5 year old is devastated over. I would definitely use it for that!

  34. Sharlene Piscitelli says:

    Lots of crafting projects!

  35. Kaia says:

    I am downloading that app ASAP!

  36. Nikky says:

    I would use the new Krazy Glue to add studs to a wooden box and tray. Lately, I have fallen in love with metallic accents on wooden home accessories.

  37. Angie says:

    It’s nice to have a glue collection 🙂 I’m a diy-er for sure.

  38. Emily Fordham says:

    Any little thing my daughter breaks. She lives little glad figurines but she also loves to play with them

  39. Marie M says:

    I love this! I think I might use the glue to steal this idea!

  40. Edie S says:

    With a 18 month old, I always have something to glue back together! 🙂

  41. Liz R. says:

    I would use it to glue back together the little toddler fork and spoon that always keep coming apart!

  42. Kathy says:

    Studded Beauty!

  43. Adecia says:

    You have given me some good ideas of projects to use the glue. Thanks.

  44. Kara D. says:

    Something inevitably breaks daily in our home….I need a 5 gal. Bucket of krazy glue!

  45. Mindy says:

    Fixing my broken mugs….

  46. Danielle says:

    I’d use it to repair my favorite pair of sunglasses that keep losing the screw!

  47. Deirdre says:

    Fixing toys that my 3-year-old son and/or rescued puppy break (it happens more than you think)! Thanks so much for the chance to win (and Happy — early — Mother’s Day to you both)!

  48. BamaCarol says:

    Oh my goodness, I would fix all kinds of broken things at the house with the glue. If it would work on chewed up shoe strings that would be even better (kitten who thinks he is a puppy).

  49. Laura says:

    My daughter loves little figurines and knick knacks, but she’s managed to break most of them. I have a row of injured ceramic kittens, fairies and other tchotchkes that need help! Thanks!

  50. colette says:

    i’d make a fancy new phone case, too!

  51. Heather S says:

    I’d use it for my ceramics!

  52. I’d use it for craft projects and for fixing broken things around the house.

  53. Lauren E. says:

    Id use it to glue coral down to plugs for my reef fish tank.

  54. Tamra H says:

    I’d fix a broken vase!

  55. Kristen says:

    I’d use it to repair all kinds of things around the house.

  56. aimee says:

    I’d use it to create mixed media collage

  57. Karen McAdams says:

    Oh, I’d love to try some of your knock it off projects using it! Maybe I’d have to bejewel my phone case as well!

  58. Jessica Martinez says:

    I would use it on everything! I burn my fingers every time I use my glue gun – I hate it!

  59. Darlene says:

    I would use my Krazy Glue to decorate my messenger bag for school!

  60. I would use the crazy glue on a beaded chandelier project I’ll be starting soon

  61. I’d love to use it to create labels for storage baskets

  62. Randi S says:

    I’m not yet sure…crafts could be fun…or making little fixes on toys that my son gets a little too rough with!

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