6/18/12

tutorial: diy book iphone dock

I am happy to share with you the newest addition to our bedroom makeover: 


A book iPhone dock. 

There are SO many iPhone docks out there. Most of them have a modern, very electronic look to them or they just take up a lot of room. I went without one for a month or so, just using my charger cord. It wasn't working out. The cord would always fall behind my bed when I unplugged it and I couldn't see the display in the middle of the night when I wake up and just have to know what time it is so I can calculate how many more hours I get to sleep(anyone else do that?)

After seeing this tutorial at the DIY treatment, I set out to try to make one for myself. I went ahead and made my own tutorial because I did a few things differently and wanted to explain each step thoroughly.

Let's start by going over the tools you'll need to get started:

  • a drill/drill bit
  • sharp scissors (smaller ones work best)
  • pencil
  • exact-o knife
  • ruler
  • metal files
  • binder clip
You'll also need a book of your choice and your iPhone charger. I picked up my book at an antique mall because I really loved the mint cover. I have no idea what the book is even about. 


Begin by choosing a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the width of your charger. You are shooting for a really snug fit around the white part of your charger. Measure and mark the width of your charger so you know where to drill the two holes that will form the long slot where the charger will go. 


Drill your holes deep enough to break through the cover. You'll probably drill through a few pages and that's ok. It will come in handy once you start cutting through the pages. You'll see.

After you have drilled the holes, use your exact-o knife to cut the middle piece of the cover out. 

At this point the slot for the charger should be a little too small, and this is actually the way you want it. If you have made the holes too big, the charger won't fit snugly and won't give your phone the support to stand up. To solve the "too small to fit" problem, I used a metal file to very gradually widen the space. File a little, see if your charger fits, file a little more, check again until finally you can wedge it in there. 

This is a little time consuming, I'm not gonna lie. Just be patient. Put some 30 Rock on Netflix while you work and it'll go by quick. 

At this point the inside cover of your book probably looks something like this. You should be able to see the spots from the holes you drilled through your cover. Using those two dots as a guide, draw a rectangle around the charger area and then a long channel for the cord. 

Using really sharp scissors, cut along the line you just drew. I cut through about 10 pages at a time. After you have cut through your pages, use this cut out channel as the template on your next page by tracing inside of the channel. 

I found it helpful to use a binder clip to hold my already cut pages back while I cut the next pages. 

After cutting and cutting and starting another episode of 30 rock and cutting some more, your book will start to look like this. Once you have cut 40 or 50 pages, you'll need to start testing how much more you need to cut. 

Put your charger in, close the book, and see if you need to keep cutting pages. Th goal is for the white part of the charger to sit flush with the cover of the book. 

If you wanted you could glue the pages together, but I haven't felt the need to. My book dock is holding up nicely so far. And even if it "wears out" in a few months, I can just buy another book from the thrift store and make another. This project took me a little over an hour to make, so it's not a huge time investment. You just have to be patient. 

I am really pleased with how it turned out. When I take my phone off the charger, it is hardly even noticeable. 


I am not familiar with all the other kinds of phones and chargers out there, but this might be an adaptable project. I'm really glad I spent the time getting it done. It's the little things like this that make a space calmer and happier for me, and I'm one step closer to a finished bedroom.


Later on this week, I'll share my curtains and headboard. I just have to clean up our room enough to snap some pictures.

Have a great week everyone!

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46 comments:

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  2. I LOVE this! This is such a great idea!! :D

    From AyeJay at http://fromlandptoenglishtea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I love this. Never even thought about making one myself, but it looks totally doable!

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  4. Thank you for sharing, what a great idea - I have lots of books.

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  5. Allison, this is great! I'm going to feature on my blog later this week if that's okay... I'll shoot you the link. :)

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  6. This is so neat! Question for you... (I obviously need to learn more about my iPhone) how do you get the time to stay on your phone like that and not "turn off" or dim down? That would be so neat to be able to replace my alarm clock and just use my phone.

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    1. What you see in the pictures is actually an alarm clock app. If my phone is plugged in and I have the alarm clock app running then the time will stay on where I can see it all night. The app I use is called Alarm Clock Pro by iHandy. Hope this helps you out!

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  7. What a cool idea. Non-tech look for a tech device. And great follow-along pictures!

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  8. So awesome. I really have to try this. It looks great on your nightstand. :)

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  9. I am definitely going to make one of these for my husband's desk, it's perfect! I would love for you to share this at my link party! http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/06/share-it-link-party-16.html

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  10. such an awesome idea - thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  11. oh my gosh, that is seriously the neatest thing!

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  12. Very clever! It looks so much better than purchased ones!
    Thanks for sharing your idea,
    Sharon
    dexterdays-sdk.blogspot.com

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  13. So great! Loved this post, please link it with me tomorrow at Wow Us Wednesday!

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  14. Allison, this is an amazing project! Suddenly I want an iPhone :) Great idea, and incredible execution.

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  15. This is great! Now I just need to get an iPhone! Maybe in the meantime I can make one for my iPod. Thanks, Allison!

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  16. It's a nice idea! Wonderful job, not only this project, but also everything on your blog :)

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  17. Really love this idea! What app do you use to display the time on your phone like that?

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  18. Yep...just saw your other comment. ;-)

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  19. I LOVE this. Saw it on Pinterest but couldn't find a tutorial. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  20. This is an incredible project, and a great tutorial! I would love for you to share it at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice this week.

    Malory
    http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-slice-its-party-2.html

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  21. I did it!! Looks so good on my nightstand.

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  22. I just made one, and I love it! Your tutorial is amazing, thanks so much! I have one question, though, how do you keep the charger part from popping out of the slot every time you take your phone off of it? Maybe mine doesn't fit as snugly as it should, but that's what it does... Do you just pop it back in every time, or do you not have this problem?

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    1. Mine hasn't really come out when I take my phone out. It is really in there tight. Maybe you could tape your cord down inside your book so it doesn't come up when you pull it. The only issue with this is that you might take your cord other places with you so the tape wouldn't be something that you could easily move every day. I wish I had better advice for you... hopefully you can find something that works and let me know? Others might have the same problem as you and I'd love a good solution for this...

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    2. I made this last night and had the same problem. So I pulled out the hot glue gun and glued the back of the head to the cover on the book. It worked perfectly and it is so cute! Just make sure not to melt the cord and unplug it before you glue in case of shock. Happy gluing! =)

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  23. I'm in love here!! iPhone's and books all meshed together... FANTASTIC!!! I'm pinning immediately and I'll probably have to make one of these some time! Found you on Flamingo Toes, congrats on the feature! (oh and yes, I do wake up and check how many more hours I get to sleep, doesn't everyone?)

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  24. This is really so great Allison!! I wonder if I could rig something for my Android!! I love the look of the books and you did a great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-sundays-2/

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  25. Oooh, what a fun idea! I love your iphone docking station!! :)
    You will be featured at tomorrow's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    XO! Vanessa

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  26. That is an awesome idea! That's classy enough to go in the family room.... as long as you are using 50 Shades of Grey. haha.

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  27. This is awesome..I wish I can do perfectly as yours,, but I will be trying...
    Thanks for the great tutorial..

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  28. I love this idea!! Great pics and tutorial.

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  29. Absolutely PHENOMENAL!! I am pinning this to make as a Christmas gift for my daughter-in-law who has an IPhone and ADORES books! Thanks for this great project and great tutorial!

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  30. I may do this but run two cords - one for my iphone and the other for my Kindle. Would be nice to have the kindle propped and recharge from real books.

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  31. Can this be done with an eBook ?

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  32. great ideia. It looks very nice. Not very prectical to unplug the phone without pulling the calbe

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  33. Suggestion to add to this - take that top book and cut out a little box in it to store the phone when not charging or other stuff.

    Also, I dont like the idea of the phone balancing on the plug - you risk damaging the plug or the phone. They make little dock trays just for that purpose, you could hack the book to inset one of these into it: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=iphone+dock&hl=en&safe=off&cid=6737341546316786973&ei=SlkIUOf6L8zTmgeFroDQCg&ved=0CB4QrRI

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  34. Hi Ellison, I wanted to thank you for this brilliant idea! Inspired by your idea I decided to extend my DIY-project to the realm of the other competitive smartphone: HTC's One X (Android). I'm very pleased by the result and would like to share the result with you all: http://i45.tinypic.com/24zm0oz.jpg

    :D

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  35. This is so cool! I love how it brings the vintage to the modern, literally :) Thank ou so much for sharing, it's beautiful!

    Bella
    ArahBellas.blogspot.com

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  36. After seeing this tutorial at the DIY treatment, I set out to try to make one for myself. I went ahead and made my own tutorial because I did a few things differently and wanted to explain each step thoroughly.
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  37. I love this idea! Definitely need to try it :)

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  38. So great idea!
    Now I have to find a bad book.
    Thank you!

    Cat kisses!

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  39. this is brilliant!!!! thank you. i will be doing this soon!

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  40. I think this is amazing! I totally want to do this! Thanks for sharing.

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