If you've made it here, chances are you're a DIY-er. You hate spending money and you'd rather build stuff with your own hands. You chuckle at rich suckers who shell out $350 for a pure crystal iPhone stand. And you'd get a much more rewarding experience making your own stand using office supplies stolen from your employer.
Disclaimer: we didn't come up with the original idea for this stand. This "deluxe" model offers a few modifications of Geeky Gadget's Pencil iPhone Stand.
- Uses two pencils as rear support for more sturdiness
- Front and back paper clip "guard rails" prevents the iPhone from slipping off
- Holds the iPhone in either landscape or portrait orientation
What You'll Need
- 8 rubber bands
- 2 paper clips
- 6 pencils (unsharpened for safety or sharpened for bad-assed-ness)
- Needle nose pliers (unless you're a tough guy)
We'll start by straightening out the paper clips to create the stand's "guard rails".
- Grab a paper clip, and unbend the first 3 folds till you have a "U" shape (or upside down "U").
- Use the pliers to get rid of that kink in the middle.
- Optional: Notice one side of the "U" is longer than the other? You can try to make them even, but we'll be able to hide this difference in the rubber bands later.
- Using the pliers, make a new, 90 degree outward bend in each side of the "U" about a half inch from the previous bend. This should create a more "3 dimensional" shape.
- Repeat for the other clip. The more even and identical they are, the better the end result will look.
Two pencils and those bent paper clips are going to hold the cellular telephone.
- Place 2 pencils side-by-side and loop and tighten a rubber band around each end. Make sure the distance between the rubber bands is the same as the width of the paper clips from the previous step.
- Grab a guard rail and thread each underneath a rubber band on the conjoined pencils. The guard rail leg doesn't need to go underneath all of the loops, just one loop is fine.
- Grab the other guard rail and thread it through the rubber bands on the other side of the pencils.
- Try to make the paper clips as straight and even as possible. It's alright if they feel loose, we'll tighten them down in the next step.
In this step, we'll make a frame for the phone to lean on and attach it to the cradle thing.
- Cross 2 pencils at their pointy ends and wrap a rubber band around them. The rubber band should be wrapped about 1 inch from the end of the pencils.
- Thread each leg of these two pencils through the rubber bands of the cradle. Again, just getting each leg under a single loop is fine.
- Now its time to tighten this thing down. Grab a rubber band and loop it around the joint you just made. Make it tight. If you have some thicker rubber bands, now is the time to use them. If not, you can repeat this step with extra rubber bands for more stability.
- If any paper clip ends are sticking out, try to move a rubber band loop over them. Those things can be pretty sharp.
Complete the Stand
Let's finish this thing off.
- Grab the last 2 pencils and loop a rubber band around them just below the metal of their erasers. This is going to be the 3rd leg of the stand.
- Spread the 3rd leg's pencils apart and thread the pointy ends through the rubber band on each side of the top of the frame.
- Grab a rubber band and tightly wrap it around the new joint. Repeat with another rubber band. If it's still not stable, wrap a 3rd rubber band around the joint.
With any luck, you should now have something that looks like this.
If any of the joints feel loose or unstable, loop another rubber band band around it. The thicker the rubber band, the more stability you'll get.
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