DIY Shoe Box Charging Station

Friday, May 17th, 2013 by from To the Window to the Wall

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If your house is like ours, you have many phone, iPad, and camera chargers all over the house. When I saw this idea for a charging station made out of a simple shoe box, I got excited. Corralling all of those unsightly cables in one neat tech organizer, plus it looks stylish? Yes, please!

I wasn’t able to find grommets big enough to fit the ends of the chargers through it, so I had to improvise and bought metal rings that I mounted on the outside of the box to reinforce the hole. They worked out well, but if you can get large grommets, I would suggest using them.

You will need these supplies:

  • shoe box
  • wrapping paper in your preferred pattern 
  • paper glue
  • X-Acto knife
  • metal grommets
  • pencil or pen
  • optional: glue gun

Shoe Box Tech Organizer/Charging Station Tutorial:

Place the shoe box on top of the wrapping paper and cut off enough of the wrapping paper that you have enough extra on all sides to cover the outside, plus another inch or so on the inside

There are several ways to cover the shoebox. One would be to fold the paper as if you are wrapping the box like a gift, but I didn’t want overlapping triangles on the shorter side of the box, so I decided to wrap is in a different way. Cut out four sections on all corners of the box to create kind of a “cross” look (see picture), making sure you leave an inch of extra wrapping paper. That eliminated the excess paper in the corners.

 

Cut a small slit toward the corners of the box and then fold the excess paper to the inside on the narrower sections.

Apply glue to the first longer side of the shoe box and wrap the paper around it, and around the corner to the narrower side. Repeat on the other side.

Then cover the narrower side of the box with glue and push the narrower wrapping paper up to cover the wrapping paper that came around the corner, and then do the other side.

Cut off excess wrapping paper, but leave an inch of it to glue it over the edge to the inside of the box for a nicer finish.

Put the shoe box on its side and apply glue to all four sides of the inch of paper sticking past the top of the box. Then push the paper down against the inside of the box.

Now wrap the top of the box in wrapping paper in any way you prefer. I had already wrapped my shoebox top for this recent chevron wall art project.

Take the grommets or metal rings and trace the inside with a pencil or pen where you want to place the holes.

Cut out the holes with an X-Acto knife.

Attach the grommets. In my case, I used glue to secure the metal rings to the outside of the box. You could also use a glue gun.

Then, put an extension cord with several outlets into the box and push the end of the cord though one of the holes.

 

Now you are ready to find a spot for your charging station and to collect all of your chargers to place them into the box. Yay for organized chargers!

One safety note: only plug in the chargers for the time of the charge, don’t connect too many chargers at one time, and disconnect the extension cord from the outlet when not in use to avoid overheating the box.

 

               

Could you use a charging station for your tech gadgets in your home?

Images by Dagmar Bleasdale

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10 comments

  1. Avatar of Mamasita Mamasita says:

    Wow i love recycle

  2. Avatar of Victoria Victoria says:

    This is great! I’ve been looking for a way to get cords out of baby’s reach

  3. Avatar of cassie cassie says:

    I used to think I was creative but these days I’m blown away with some of the awesome ideas I’ve seen…makes me feel bland :(

  4. This is going to work great with my family and always losing cords.

  5. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Haha this is pretty cool!

  6. Avatar of MAMASEXXY MAMASEXXY says:

    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA IT KEEPS THE WIRES OUT OF THE WAY AND IT’S CUTE, I LOVE IT.

  7. Avatar of Bianca Bianca says:

    this is so simple, wish i had seen this sooner

  8. Avatar of Heather Heather says:

    I have too many devices that need charging on a daily basis. This DIY ShoeBox would be be great because I would be able to keep track of the chargers better. Perhaps we could even use twisty ties to keep the cords from getting tangled while in the box.

  9. Avatar of busymom2013 busymom2013 says:

    I think the DIY Shoe Box Charging Station is such a great idea!! :) Ive never seen this before so very creative idea!! :)

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