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Upcycling: Chellphone charger holder


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One of the things I love about being Pinoy is that we are so creative and we love to upcycle even before upcycling was ever fashionable. Do you remember those plant pots that were made from old truck tires? Or the garbage bins made from the same material? We have always been able to breathe new life into old and partially wrecked stuff that most people would just throw away or deem as garbage.

This week, I was inspired to create something new from an old plastic bottle. Well, it primarily came from the fact that I was sick and tired of having my mobile phone stepped, kicked or dropped every time I had to charge it on a wall socket. It’s not the prettiest item but it does the work and I’m sure you guys can think of ways of prettifying this project.

DIY Phone Charger holder

Materials:

  • Old plastic bottle
  • Marker
  • Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Nail Polish (Or anything you want to use for decoration)

1. The first step is to look for an old plastic bottle that isn’t quite round. A flat-like bottle would be perfect and make sure that you measure it with your phone to see if it fits. My phone’s a Samsung Galaxy Y so, it was small enough to fit in this old cleanser bottle. If you have an iPhone or a rather larger smartphone, it’s best to have one of those lotion bottles. Make sure you leave enough space within the back portion of the bottle to have your charger face ay which way (sideways or straight on front)

2. Mark your bottle with the correct dimensions for your phone. Remember that the front part is about half to a third lower than the back part.

3. Cut the bottle up. Don’t worry about the pen marks, you can erase that later with a good scrubbing or with some nail polish remover.

4. Sand the edges of the bottle. I’m quite OC about this and want to make sure that it doesn’t snag or cut me when I handle it. If you don’t have sandpaper, use a nail file. It may take longer but at least you don’t have to go to the hardware store to get a sheet.

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5. Measure the plug of the charger to see how it would fit and hang on the bottle. Mark it with a pen and prepare to cut with a cutter.

6. Yes, you also need to sand that hole down.

7. Decorate it! You can actually decoupage it or put stickers or paint it with acrylic or even spray paint it! I used nail polish because it was the only one at hand at that time and it was glossy enough and dries quickly (with the help of kwik-dry of course)

8. Now you can charge your phone without worrying about it being kicked or stepped on.

Go ahead and try it yourself! Send us some photos of your finished product too!

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