Good morning CraftyStealers!

I’m still preparing you for the upcoming Teacher Appreciation week, and today’s idea is straight from Pinterest.  More specifically a pin from the blog Make It and Love It (if you haven’t seen this blog, go explore, it’s great!).  She has a FABULOUS tutorial on how to turn an old lotion bottle into a holder for your cell phone while it’s charging.  This way the phone doesn’t have to be laying on a counter or the floor!  Mrs. CraftySteals herself, Stephanie, had actually sent me a link to it a LONG time ago but true to form, I’m just getting around to making them now. :)

I took the tutorial on Make It and Love It and tweaked it just a little bit.  She has covered hers in fabric (which looks so cute!) and I decided to cover mine in Washi Tape (yes, I am apparently obsessed with Washi Tape lately!).

To make a holder you’ll need:

  • an empty bottle that is large enough to hold your cell phone (I just held my cell phone up to each bottle until I found a good one).
  • a craft knife and/or pair of heavy duty scissors
  • washi tape
  • Mod Podge

Hold your phone up to the bottle and make a mark at about 2/3 of the height of the phone.Cut all of the way across in the “front” to make the pocket for your phone and also cut off the sides and top, rounding the back corner. I used my scissors and was able to round the corners and edges.  You could also use a craft knife to make sure there aren’t any rough edges.  You will also cut a hole that is about the size of your socket in the “back” of the bottle.  I used my craft knife for this.Here is where my creation differs from the original.  I used washi tape to cover the entire thing instead of fabric.  I made a sunburst pattern on the back and straight lines on the front and back.  Washi tape is very forgiving, so it was easy to manipulate.  I did have to snip a few corners to make sure they folded down nicely.Then, since washi tape isn’t super sticky, and I want this to last, I covered the entire thing in a layer of Mod Podge and let it dry overnight.Success! I’m actually thinking that these could be painted – even with chalkboard paint? Endless possibilities – and an easy way to personalize something for a favorite teacher. Maybe put the initials in rhinestones?

Oh, and if you’d like to cover it with fabric like the original, don’t forget about our sister site, StitchSteals.  They stock some adorable, fun designer fabrics (some feature designs by some of your favorite scrapbook companies like Basic Grey and My Mind’s Eye).  As a bonus, Stitch Steals sells them in 1/2 yard increments – for a steal!

Have a great day and I’ll be back in a couple of days with another fun idea that was born on a trip to a home decor store!