Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Arts and Crafts Pinspiration: Electronic Charging Station


I actually became inspired by a pin in Pinterest on making an electronics charging station. Here is the pin and my result...

This was the pin by Design Sponge I was inspired by:


There were a few things I changed and this was my result:

Sorry for the lighting, but it was the best I had at the last moment and where I have it, it is too dark for pics. I still need to set up a spot to take better pics, until then, please bear with me. 

The case is something my mom got me a million years ago from Hobby Lobby when they were on sale (I have no idea if they still have these) to store things in but I thought it would be perfect for this project. 

I used grommets for the opening in the back like the pin suggested. It was a good sized opening and I'll be able to not only fit the large plug from the surge protector power strip, but I'll also be able to thread wires back out for those things that I wouldn't put in the box.
Back of box
The headphones were attached to a shower hook that I had which fits semi-securely on the top (not for a lot of movement, but stationary it will be fine). The box can be closed (without hook) just like it came.

Front of box
The part where I deviated the most was the place where I will lay my ereader on. In the pin they had you use white peg board and it already had a place to lay this top piece. I just glued (Gorilla wood glue and a couple of small clamps) a couple of 1 1/2" boards cut to the side areas for my shelf just under the metal pieces they had to give the case stability. I then used foamcore cut to the size of the shelf (cutting a section out for the hinge so it didn't interfere with that area), minus the 1 1/2" board in the back for a bit of extra stability, added one layer of batting on top of that and then hot glued the fabric on top of it and then added a piece at the bottom to make it look nicer even though you won't see it. The fabric I used is a very thin microsuede I got from the remnant section at Joann's (hint: the remnants are usually 50% off and if you find the fabric in in a section that is on sale, you get that % off as well). Also, because I used foam core and the box isn't completely square in the front, I have a small space which I can thread my wires through to the items that need to be charged. I did add a small tab so I can easily lift it to sort things out in the storage area.

inside which shows the glued shelf and where the cords are going. Ignore the extra wood piece..
Hope you liked my wordy explanation! 😊

So this is my pinspiration! Have you done any projects from Pinterest?

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53 comments:

  1. that's a nice idea! I like the old look

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    1. Thanks! I think that is why I thought the case would be perfect for it.

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  2. I love the idea but I know that i am lousy at execution. plus i prefer gaming than crafting at the moment

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    1. I bet you are good at it! I know a lot of gamers. :)

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  3. I love the box you choose to use, it is awesome!

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  4. OMG. LOVEEEEE. Love the vintage look! You're so creative, girl!

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  5. That's awesome!I have a table for charging all our devices but I organize my cords with clips (like this http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/keep-cord-chaos-under-control - except I used smilely face clips lol)

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I do like that idea. I hope you have a poo emoji one. LOL Or is that just me? LOL

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    2. I haven't seen poop emoji clips yet lol I would totally get them!

      For What It's Worth

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    3. I'll keep an eye out. Why does this sound weird? LOL

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  6. What a neat idea. I haven't tried to do anything on pinterest. But I have made a few recipes I've seen on fb.

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    1. I really haven't done much either but I do like some people's pinspiration ideas that I've seen.

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  7. Very cool. I would have never thought of doing this but it would be awesome to just have one location/spot to recharge my devices. I actually likes your box much more because not only does it have a vintage feel to it but it also holds a lot more things.

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  8. Oh man! I go ape over anything modern that looks vintage. This is a fab idea. I think I even have one of those old travel make-up cases. Love what you did with the case your mom got you, Melissa.

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  9. Super cool! I am always in awe at your talent.

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  10. Wow! Very creative. Love it.

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  11. What a cool idea! And I love the style of yours.

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  12. Ah that's so cool! I love the case! Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. oh I love the old chest, it has character

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  14. It's amazing what you can find on Pinterest. Nicely done!

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  15. THAT IS FREAKING Awesome! I am crafting this weekend--it has been too long :)

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  16. I love it! Such a great idea to turn something that is functional but not necessarily pleasing to the eye into room decor. I t turned out so well and I love he vintage look.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  17. This is an awesome idea. I hate having cords all over the place so I put them in labeled plastic bags and store them in my desk. However, whenever I need to charge something I end up with a pile of baggies all over the floor as I dig through them all looking for the one cord I need. This would be so much simpler and it's so cute!

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    1. Sounds like me... without the baggies. I just have tangled cords everywhere. LOL

      Thanks!

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  18. Very cool. I am so un-crafty. Can you make it so you can charge multiple devices? In our home we have 3 phones, 2 kindles, bluetooth earbuds, and two Fitbits that require charging. Right now, I just have a power strip on the back of our couch and lots of cords. Ick!

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    1. I plan to have several devices for it. I had to get a new surge protector (mine was so old, it probably wouldn't know what a surge was... ) to fit underneath. This would work well with what you have, mine is big enough... so just find something that fits your needs. :)

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  19. Wow!! That is so cool! Looks like you had fun creating it!

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