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« on: April 16, 2012 10:09:25 AM »

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Quick, Easy Smart Phone or iDevice Stand - featuring Elmer's products


I love my iPod, but I don't love how slick the back is, because it's impossible to prop up against anything without having it slide down onto its back. You can buy stands for this purpose, but I'm a crafty person, and the only thing I like to spend money on is craft supplies. So why not make my own little stand? You can too.


Here's what I used for this project: An 8x4'' piece of cereal box or similar food packaging, a slightly larger piece of patterned paper, a cut out kitty image from a book, red and white Elmer's Paint Pens, Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, and alphabet stamps (not pictured).


Here are the dimensions and the folding places for your cereal box. I added some dotted lines to make it easy to see where the creases need to go. If you have a scoring board, use it. If not, just use a ruler and something pointy, but not too sharp, like the end of a knitting needle, to make score lines. If you do this ahead of time it will make it much easier to fold when the time comes.


Use some glue, like this Elmer's Glue Dot Runner, on the printed side of your cereal box, making sure to cover the edges and the areas that will be creased well. A gluestick, like Elmer's Craft Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick would also work well in this situation.


Carefully press on your patterned paper and give it a good rub down to make sure it's good and stuck.


Use some fine-tipped scissors, like these X-ACTO Precision Tips, to trim off the excess paper as close as you can.


Next, fold your piece at the scored lines. To get a nice heavy crease, I used a bone folder, but the capped end of a gluestick works pretty good for that, too. It's important to crease well, so your stand keeps its shape and doesn't try to flatten out on its own.


After it's been folded, it'll look like this.


After gluing on my cat image, I used a white Elmer's Paint Pen to draw circles to prime where I wanted to stamp letters. The opaque paint in the pens is perfect to cover the pattern in the paper and really helps to make the stamped letters very clear and visible. I used a permanent stamp pad and alphabet stamps to put on the phrase, "I love that video!"


Next, a red paint pen was perfect to add an accent to the edges.


Once all of the decoration on the front is nice and dry (give the paint a few minutes), flip it over and use the Elmer's Glue Dot Runner on the back side of the bottom edge.


Position the stand how you want it, then press firmly to fix the front flap in place.


And there it is! A cute, functional accessory for your smart phone or idevice that hardly cost a thing.


Now you're all set to watch some rad vids (Kittykill's Craftster Quickies!) and your hands will be free to get down to some serious craftin'.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 10:21:34 AM »

What a great idea! I need to make one of these immediately. I love how this worked out.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 10:26:24 AM »

This is such a fun and original idea! And of course it's perfectly and adorably executed Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 11:40:47 AM »

I absolutely adore this project! I definitely want to make one of my own. I hope it turns out even half as cute.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012 01:05:10 PM »

Seriously genius idea!  I should make a manly one for my husband.  ^_^
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012 01:28:56 PM »

You are too dang clever! This is a great idea.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012 08:56:22 PM »

What a genius idea! I love the graphic you used!
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012 06:34:34 AM »

This is an awesome idea. Definitely making one!
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012 08:51:18 AM »

What a great idea!  I love projects that use "trash" to make new items!

Your instructions make it easy to adapt to all sizes of devices!

My favorite thing is how you used the white paint pen as background for the letters...I am definitely going to use that technique...I love the Elmer's paint pens.
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2012 03:14:41 PM »

I love this! My phone may not slide when set down flat, but forget about trying to prop it up. This is perfect. And i have plenty of cereal boxes waiting to be turned into something awesome.
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