Make a Charging Station Drop Box - An Upcycling Bandana Box Project Demo
DIY charging station drop box
Does it drive you nuts to have to hunt for keys, phones, flash drives and the like?
Here's a simple idea for DIY organizational storage. The materials needed are common and most likely already laying around the house.
I was scoping out charging stations at the mall recently. I like the charging mats, but I also like the idea of having all the little electronics I'm becoming too dependent upon in one place with a lid to keep my kitty from "inspecting" everything.
So anyhow, I'm chatting with my friend and come across a darling charging station that was actually a wooden box. It had compartments for various small item storage and was just the cutest thing.
What I thought I loved, I quickly grew to dislike when I glanced at the price. For a decorated box, for really that's all any such type of storage is, they wanted over $50.00. I think not, in a big time kind of way.
Ranging from free to less than five dollars is what this project will cost you.
It's all basic stuff.
One of the things I really like about the idea of doing some décor with bandannas and napkins is that for very little or no money, depending on your closet and crafting stash, you can get several coordinated pieces.
Follow along in the picture galleries to see how the charging station with compartments in the introductory image was made.
After that, scope on a few videos showing some other cool bandanna crafts and how to instructional videos. Be it high school, off to college, first apartment or downsizing, there are times décor is required.
It's nice to have some ideas for how to obtain it without putting a dent in the budget.
Box, smaller box, cardboard
Paper napkins, bandanna, ribbon
Brushes, scissors, stamps, ink, ruler, marker, box cutter
Hot glue gun and glue or white glue, Mod Podge or white glue and tape
Step by step instructions are in the photo gallery below.
When you click through the photographs, you will see detailed instructions in the captions. This is an easy project that can be whipped up pretty fast.
How to make the charging station drop box:Click thumbnail to view full-size
Is it a planter? A charging station? It's both!
This is the cutest charger I have ever seen. I have yet to figure out how they did it or I'd be making one of these!
Charging stations really help keep things organized, uncluttered and functioning. Modern life has us so dependent on electronics.
Such devices can be highly useful and great fun, but only until the charge is gone then you're just out of luck.
Everything needs to charge these days.
Be sure you can meet your charging needs in various environments from the car to the classroom, the beach to the bedroom or anywhere in between.
Keeping the lid closed keeps the kitty from playing with my phone.
Closed, all my stuff is safe from being a kitty toy. Seriously, smaller items like flash drives and voice recorders are irresistible to Sammie Cat. She will have it on the floor in a second and three seconds after that it's lost under the couch.
Crafting tip -
Hair spray is for more than your do.
I love stamping but I hate how the inks or marker bleed out when glue is applied, unless I'm going for a tie dye or "drippy" look.
Spraying the freshly stamped papers with a liberal amount of hair spray seals the ink preventing bleed out later.
This works for pastels, marker, ink, and chalk. I don't really understand how it works on ink, since hair spray will also remove ink stains from clothing, but it does.
Should things be used for purposes other than that which they were designed?
How to do the outside of the drop box charging station.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Empty walls are boring and depressing.
Traditional art can get pricey.
Check this out for a quick, cheap but good looking alternative to what normally passes as art.
How to Make a DIY Framed Bandanna by Teen Vogue
Dirt cheap bandanna décor ideas.
This is a great way to decorate any room on a shoestring budget. Lampshades and a bulletin board would be super easy to pull off. Bringing the same bandanna pattern into a few places within the space ties it all together.
Bountiful Bandanna Ideas - Four Fun Projects You Can Make created by CountrySamplerMag.
Non "Fine" Art
What's your favorite non-traditional art form?
Whatever your decorating desires, keep DIY crafting as an option.
It's fun, easy, and cost friendly. Grab some gal pals and give some bandanna chic projects a whirl to tunes and munchies.
You will have an entire room full of cool stuff before you know it and have a blast in the process.
© 2013 Rhonda Lytle