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03/23/2012 08:49 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Craft Of The Day: A DIY Cell Phone Charging Station

Create a cute and clever container to hold your cell phone while it’s charging with this Craft Of The Day. Unsightly cords can get tangled or look cluttered while your gadget reboots. Tuck them away with this crafty holder, made from an empty plastic lotion bottle. Keep read for the how-to.

Photo by Ashley Johnston of Make It And Love It

What You’ll Need:
A plastic lotion bottle that’s more flat than round
Scissors
Box cutter
Sandpaper
Modge Podge
Square of fabric large enough to cover bottle
Adhesive wall hook (optional)

How To Make It:
1. Hold your phone up to the lotion bottle to determine how tall you want your holder to be in front and draw a line.
2. Continue to draw your line around the bottle, tracing out the shape of your holder. You will want the back side to be higher than the front. Use kitchen scissors or a box cutter to cut the bottle along the line.
3. Draw a square with rounded corners on the back side of the holder, toward the top. Cut it out using your box cutter.
4. Use sandpaper to smooth over the edges of your holder. You will also want to sand over the body of the holder to get rid of any colored lettering on the bottle. This will also make it easier for Modge Podge to stick to the surface when you adhere your fabric.
5. Measure your piece of fabric so that it covers the entire bottle, with an inch or two to spare at both the top and bottom.
6. Apply Modge Podge to the front of your holder and place the fabric on top. Continue to apply Modge Podge to the rest of the bottle, pulling your fabric tight as you wrap it all the way around.
7. Trim excess fabric around the entire container. Cut out an oval shaped piece and Modge Podge it to the bottom of the bottle. Use your box cutter to cut out the fabric still covering the square shaped hole.
8. Seal over the entire bottle with an extra layer of Modge Podge to make sure the fabric doesn’t fray or peel off.
9. Optional: To prevent your holder from overheating as your phone is charging, stick an adhesive wall hook to the back and attach it to the wall a few inches away from the outlet.

For a full tutorial, visit Make It And Love It. And, be sure to check out the other great crafts in our Craft Of The Day slideshow below.

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