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.

DIY Repurposed Book Phone Charger

DIY Repurposed Book Phone Charger

Transform an old book into this chic DIY phone charging station with loads of charm.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Materials Needed

  • book (approximately 3" taller and wider than device)
  • smartphone
  • decorative paper
  • tissue confetti
  • decoupage glue
  • small paintbrush
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • 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.)

Step 1- Measure & Cut Spine Paper

Step 1- Measure & Cut Spine Paper

Cut your decorative paper to the size of your book’s spine plus two inches on either side. Ex- If your book is two inches thick and eight inches tall, your paper will be six inches wide and eight inches tall.

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Flynnside Out Productions

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.

Step 3- Decorate Book

Step 3- Decorate Book

Randomly place tissue dots to create a fun pattern securing them with the glue.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Trace Device

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.

Step 4- Trace Device

Step 4- Trace Device

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 a ¼- inch on either side to be safe.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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

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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Flynnside Out Productions

Cut Notch for Cord

Cut a notch on the bottom to accommodate the charger cord.

Step 6- Notch for Cord

Step 6- Notch for Cord

Cut a notch on the bottom to accommodate the charger cord. (Use the craft knife and ruler here, too!)

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Flynnside Out Productions

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.

Step 7- Glue Interior Pages

Step 7- 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. This way the pages will stick together nicely.

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Flynnside Out Productions

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.

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