From fully loaded multi-device charging stations to simple iPhone stands, there’s a sea of options when you shop for a way to prop up your iPhone and charge it. The one on my desk today wasn’t sent in a box. It showed up in my email… as a PDF. A reader named Fabio sent me a link to his site where he offers instructions on how to create your own iPhone stand like the one below.
What you see above is the result of me printing this thing out on regular paper, cutting it out the best I could with just scissors, and slapping it together. I’m betting you can do better without much work. In fact, the only reason mine works at all, most likely, is that the design is pretty well done. I’m guessing Fabio has some background in engineering.
How To Make One
This ecological homemade iPhone stand isn’t hard to put together without instructions (yeah, I live on the edge) and with the instructions, it’s a bit easier. I think the instructions that come with it could be just a little more clear, but like I said, they are barely needed at all. The real value is the design. While there’s no actual set price for the design and instructions, the author does require a small donation in any amount you choose which is still a bargain. Once you’ve supported creativity financially, you simply print out the supplied design PDF, cut it out, fold in strategic places and tape it up a few times.
I got by with paper and scissors alone, but here’s some tips for those of you planning on trying it out:
• Use scissors or an Exacto knife for precision
• Any tape should be OK, but Fabio suggests duct tape
• Use something stronger than paper – card stock should be fine
• Add a business card like I did or better still, print a separate pattern design first and then print the Eco Stand design over it
• Make a couple – home, office, etc.
Thanks for the stand, Fabio.