Turn an Old Book Into a Hidden Charging Station
Learn how to transform an old book into a chic DIY phone-charging station with lots of charm.
- book (approximately 3" taller and wider than device)
- decorative paper
- tissue confetti
- decoupage glue
- small paintbrush
- utility knife
Measure and Cut Spine Paper
Cut decorative paper to the size of your book's spine plus two inches on either side. (If your book is two inches thick and eight inches tall, your paper will be six inches wide and eight inches tall.)
Secure Spine Paper
Brush the back of the decorative paper with glue (Image A), then smooth the paper onto the back, spine and cover of your book (Image B).
Decorate Book (Optional)
Randomly place tissue dots to create a fun pattern, then secure with glue.
Once the book's exterior is dry, open it and mark where you'd like the device to nestle inside the book. Trace your device, then add at least 1/4 inch on either side.
Cut Out Hole
Using a utility knife and ruler as a straight edge, cut through the pages along your pencil lines. This will take multiple passes on each edge. You only need to make the hole a little deeper than your phone; just make sure to place some cardboard between the back cover and last page if you're going all the way through. Optional: Keep the flyleaf (decorative inner portion) — you'll need it later.
Step 5- Cut Out Hole
Using the knife and your ruler as a straight edge, cut through the pages along your pencil lines. This will take multiple passes on each edge. You only need to make your hole a little deeper than your phone- just make sure to place some cardboard between the back cover and last page if going all the way through. HINT- keep the fly leaf (decorative inner portion) as you’ll need it later.
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Cut Notch for Cord
Cut a notch on the bottom to accommodate the charger cord.
Glue Interior Pages
Using decoupage glue, lightly brush the inside of your pages so they bind together. Brush the charger notch, as well. You can use several light coats here, as this will ensure the pages stick together nicely.
Finish Interior Background
Glue the cutout of the flyleaf to the bottom layer of pages. If you have a pretty flyleaf, this creates a seamless look. Let dry for a couple of hours before using the charger.