Father’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to make something that would be functional as well as cute. When I asked my daughter what she wanted to give Daddy, she said something he can put on his office desk. I came up with this DIY phone holder with photo display that is just the perfect Father’s Day gift.
It is functional and holds up your phone even while its charging and what is cuter than having your kids’ picture. You get to see their faces every time you glance at the phone – which we all know happens a lot 😉
It was a super easy and quick project and took me exactly 23 minutes to make from start to finish. Yes, I timed it… I am dork like that!! The best part is that it is made from scrap wood and the only thing I had to buy was the clip for holding the picture.
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Materials needed for DIY phone holder and photo display –
- 1″ x 12″ board cut at 10″
- 1″ x 2″ cut at 1.5″ – 2 of these – phone rest
- 1″ x 2″ cut at 5″ – back stand
- mini hinged clip
- wood glue
- 1 1/4″ spax wood screws
- Kreg jig and 1/4″ pocket hole screws (optional)
How to make a DIY phone holder and photo display –
Step 1 – Start with the 5″ long 1″ x 2″ board for the back stand. I made pocket holes and attached it 1″ above the bottom of the 1″ x 12″ using wood glue and pocket hole screws. If you do not have a kreg jig, you could simply use countersink wood screws from the front and fill the holes. Or you could even nail it.
Step 2 – Attach the two 1″ x 2″ for the phone rest on the front using wood glue and screws from the back. keep a spacing of 1″ between them to allow for the charging cord to go through. Since the screws are on the back, I didnt bother to countersink them.
Step 3 – Lightly sand your piece and finish it using your choice of stain or paint. I used weathered grey stain followed by a whitewash with thinned white paint.
Step 4 – Add some interest to the piece. I drew imperfect lines to create a “framed” look for the photograph using a silver poster paint pen. You could write a message or paint patterns…
Step 5 – Glue the mini hinged clip. I used super glue.
We have the DIY phone stand and photo display ready! Add your favorite picture or a pretty inspirational quote to have at your desk!
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