Sunday, January 1, 2012

Project #5: Cell Phone Charging Station

I love the idea of having a set place for charging my cell phone, and the gift shop where I work sells these. But they're plastic and minimal, and I hate to spend money on something so basic, so I decided to make my own. I got the hubs involved in it, too! I found the tutorial on here, on my new favorite blog, and went from there.

First, your supplies: 2 empty bottles, cleaned out and air-dried (it worked best to rinse them and then thoroughly clean them once they were cut open.) A blade, sand-paper, and of course, Mod Podge and a sponge brush.
(***We had 2 bottles because we were both making a holder. You obviously only need 1.***)

Now, the steps:
1) Decide how high you want the front of your holder
to be on your cell phone. Draw a line.

2) Decide how high you want the back to be, and 
draw a line there, too. Remember, your plug will
most likely be right over your phone,
so make it high enough that the plug and phone
don't get in each others' way.

3) Using your blade, cut along the lines you drew.

4) This is about what it should look like
when you're done cutting.

5) Draw a cutout area for your charger's plug.
It should be just big enough for your charger
to fit through.

6) Cut out the hole for the plug.

7) Using sandpaper, sand down all edges until smooth.
Also, sand entire area of bottle so ModPodge
will adhere more easily.

8) Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge and wrap fabric TIGHTLY
around entire holder. STRETCH FABRIC is a bad idea.
Be sure to pull fabric tight at the bottom, or bubbles and wrinkles
will occur. Start wrapping fabric from front to back so
pattern is flat on front, and pulling doesn't distort the most
visible area of your holder.

9) Cover entire project in a thick layer of Mod Podge.

10) Using scissors or your blade, cut out the fabric around the hole
for your charger plug. Apply an extra layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Ta-Da! You're done!

Enjoy your new creation...

It keeps your cords and phones off the floor, and even if you
kept your phone or iPod on a nearby table, you still don't
have to worry about the dangling cords!

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