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How to Make a Phone Stand at Home

By: Camille Wooding from DIY Place
Updated August 20, 2020
How to Make a Phone Stand at Home
How to Make a Phone Stand at Home
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Learn how to make a phone stand at home using materials you already have on hand! This is a great recycled craft that will make phone meetings easier. Use this DIY phone stand to easily record yourself or video call with loved ones hands free. Best of all, this project has another purpose: it also stores writing utensils! Use recycled materials to make this adorable project, and dress up your office space in the process. This tutorial features a printable PDF and a video tutorial so crafters can learn how to make this project using the format that best meets their learning needs. Enjoy your new cell phone stand!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Main MaterialRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Empty tin can
  • One piece of patterned paper to cover can
  • Cardboard (4” by 6.5”0) 0r (8cm by 17cm)
  • One piece of patterned paper to cover the cardboard (6” by 8.5”) or (15cm by 21 cm)
  • One piece of paper to cover the bottom of the cardboard (4” by 6.5”0) or (8cm by 17cm)
  • Cork or other stopper for the front
  • Patterned paper to cover the stopper if necessary
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


Video Tutorial

  1. Measure the tin can and cut a piece of paper to go around and overlap about ½ inch or 1cm. 

    Note: Click images for larger version.

  2. Cover tin can with patterned paper.

  3. Cover the cardboard with patterned paper. You can ensure the edges are neat by cutting away some of the excess at the corners.

  4. Cover the bottom of the cardboard.

  5. If necessary cover your stopper with patterned paper.

  6. Glue the can to the back of the cardboard base and place it on your desk.

  7. Place your cellphone against the tin can and put on your camera so you can see yourself.  Use the image to determine where the stopper should be. Mark the space lightly with a pencil and glue the stopper in place.

  8. NOTE: You can create different versions of this.

    You may even choose to get creative and use shells, pebbles, rocks, sticks.  You can use old toys for stoppers.  You can create your own patterned paper too! You can use fabric in place of paper.

How to Make a Phone Stand at Home
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