Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homemade Electronics Charging Station For Less Than $10.00

I'm sure all of you have seen, or even own, one of these charging stations.
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Black Charging Station with Photo Frame and Pencil CupCharging Station
I have been wanting to buy one for quite some time but could not give up the money for one.  They range anywhere from $20 to well over $100.  I decided that I would attempt to make one at home for less.  

Here is what you will need if you want to make one of your own.
*A 7 1/2" by 11" Cardboard Photo Storage Box (I got mine at Hobby Lobby...Regular $3.99 I paid  2.39 with 40% discount.  They came in a wide range of colors and 2 sizes.)
*A Craft Knife (or something else to cut holes in the box with.)
*A 10" Surge Protector Strip. (You can find these at Target or Walmart for around $4.  The 10" is just the part you plug the cords into, this does not include the cord.)
*Packing Tape or Other Heavy Tape.

What you need to do.
1. Gather up your Supplies.

2. Trace around the plug of the power strip on the inside of the box, towards the bottom. Cut out the hole and run the cord through. Roll pieces of the heavy duty tape, sticky side out, and place on bottom of power strip to help it stay where you want it.

3. On the inside on the lid, trace around the smallest end of the plug you will be putting through the hole. Then cut out the holes.

4. Pull all of the cords through the lid and plug them into the power strip. Leave a little bit of the cord sticking out of the lid of the box with the end that will be plugged into your electronic device.

As you can see.  The box will hold extra plugs, phone carrying cases, headphones, even a pencil and notebook to take messages on if needed. Plus it will hid all the extra cords attached to your devices.

5. Put the lid back on the box and plug your devices into their cords.  The box serves as a table to hold your electronics also.

Now to tell you how much mine cost. I spent around $2.60 with tax on the box and about $4.00 for the cord.  For a Grand Total of $6.60.  I hope this helped some of you that have had the same problem I have.  Let me know if you make one.  Have a great day.


  1. I had the same problem to many cords and gables. I was lucky I managed to find a basket with lid the was made with woven strips of webbing so I could just poke all the gables through the holes. I love mine so much that I have done the same sort of thing with all my USB charging cables. I got a multi-port USB hub placed that in the basket and feed the ends of the cables through. For this one I labelled all the cables.

  2. Thanks for sharing!! I love the idea of using a basket!!

  3. Fantastic! What a great idea and a lot better priced :-)


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