Build your own smartphone stand

Looking for a smartphone stand, but not interested in dishing out the dough? We show you how to make your own out of old iTunes gift cards.

Looking for a smartphone stand, but not interested in dishing out the dough? We show you how to make your own out of old iTunes gift cards.

Here's what you'll need for this home-made smartphone stand, based off a slightly modified version of a design first aired by Flickr user TheCase:

  • Two hard-plastic cards (we've used old iTunes gift cards, but old credit cards would work too)

  • Sharp scissors (ask your parents before using them)

  • This template.

First, download the template and use it to measure and mark up your plastic cards. Once you've drawn your outline, cut carefully, remembering not to slice up the large, triangular part you get out of the middle incision. You'll need this later to make the back part of the stand.

You should end up with two plastic cards that look like a square-root symbol and a triangular off-cut.

From there, carefully make the incisions that allow the whole thing to clip together.

Grab your off-cut, and use it to brace the back of the stand. Without it, the whole thing will likely collapse in on itself.

From there, grab your smartphone and test it out.

Once it works, stare at your own magnificence, and rejoice that it didn't cost you a cent.

If you liked making your own smartphone stand, we've also put together a how-to on making your own ultrabook stand.

Watch the video for some arts, crafts and Prometheus trailer fun.

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