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DIY: Charming Book Charging Station

Create a cute, safe place where you can keep your phone while it’s plugged in

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Imagine this scenario: your beautifully decorated room is prim and proper with your bed made, clutter stored, and things neatly put away. It looks like a photo straight out of a magazine.

But from the corner of your eye, you see all your gadgets piled up, with cords all over the place. It doesn’t really make for a picture perfect scene. Why not avoid this eyesore by crafting a pretty charging station that can hold your phone or gadget while it's plugged in?

Main photo from Caught on a Whim.

Materials:
  • Old hardbound book (big enough to fit your phone)
  • Decoupage glue
  • Brush
  • X-Acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fabric/ Pretty wrapping paper

Photo from Caught on a Whim.

How-to:
  1. Using the ruler and pencil, mark out a rectangle in the middle of the first page of your book. Make sure the rectangle is big enough to fit the whole phone but leave a border that’s at least ¾ inches thick. 
  2. Using the X-Acto knife and the ruler as guide, cut out the rectangle from all the pages until you reach the very last page. Make sure to lay down a piece of cardboard to protect the back cover of your book. 
  3. Cut out a notch on one side of the pages so your charger cord can fit.
  4. Cover your book with your fabric or wrapping paper.
  5. With the brush, glue the pages and back cover together by applying the decoupage glue onto the edges of every page.
  6. Avoid your cover from being glued to the pages by protecting it with cling wrap.
  7. Close the book and stack heavy objects on top. Allow to dry overnight.
  8. Place your new charging station on your bedside table. It can even serve as table decor.

Photo from Mark Kintzel.

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