DIY Charging Station

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I am sure that you know what it is like… Device after device with no real home. Every outlet in the house has a charger with something plugged into it. As time goes by we end up collecting phones, tablets, laptops and all the combinations in between. For me, the final straw came when my husband’s new job gave him both a business cell phone and a tablet. Great, something else that needs a plug.

I made this DIY when we still lived in our tiny apartment in D.C. As you can imagine space was precious and I didn’t enjoy fumbling or tripping over cords.

So let’s get started, shall we?

You will need:

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  • A shoe box
  • A surge protector/busbar/power strip/does anyone know what these things are actually called?
  • Contact paper. I’m loving the marble trend and I found my paper here, but I like this one more.
  • A craft knife
  • Your chargers and devices of course

 

First, cut holes into the box where you will want the charger cords to go. I used a bottle cap to trace circles on the bottom of the shoe box.

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Next, measure the shoe box and cut the contact paper. Simple enough right?  Cut the paper so that it is at least a half inch longer than the sides of the box. You will fold the edges into the box.

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Apply the contact paper to the box. I centered the box on the paper and folded up the long sides first. I worked from one side to the other removing the backing of the paper a little at a time as I went. It is not wise to remove the whole backing at once. You will regret it if you do, trust me. Then, I cut the corners so that I could fold the short sides like a present

Then, fold the extra top pieces down into the box.

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Go ahead and stop here since your children will need you for something. Note: Do not leave craft knife unattended. The kids will smell it out.

After you have folded the contact paper edges into the box, you can now cut out the circles. I did this by holding the box up to the light and then cut an asterisk. Then fold the triangles inside the box. I needed to add a little extra glue to hold the triangles down.

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Once you have cut out the circles you can decorate the box however you like. I used a gold paint pen to outline the edges of the box and the circles.

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Plug-in chargers and insert the power strip into the box. You have the option here to use the lid of the shoe box and cover that with paper too. Then you would cut out a circle for the cord to the power strip. I lost the lid to my shoe box so I did not do that step. I also tied the charger cords with twist ties.

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Pull charger ends out of the box. Plug in every device in your house that needs a new home. I’ve been stacking the tablets under or on top of the box while charging.

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Smile and admire your hard work. It’s not easy completing a DIY project with little ones running around. Pat yourself on the back and eat some chocolate. Cheers!

 

 

 

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