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Saturday, January 5, 2013

My hands can do this --- Celfone Mini Charging Station

Laying your cellphone anywhere while inside the bathroom can cause an accident  that will damage it  at the end. Bathroom counter top usually gets wet, especially near the sink, after brushing your teeth or washing your face or hands.  Besides this, laying it somewhere else or on the floor where the most contamination can be found, is not advisable. So it is better to have a specific place to put it while charging its battery. You can roll up the cord and leave your charger in this box after charging. Now, you don’t even get bothered where you put your charger because you know that you have already a nice cellphone mini charging station like this one.  

Aqua Culture Glow
I bought this aqua culture glow plants for my half gallon fish aquarium and tried if the plants would really glow in the dark.  It didn't really glow that much, but the good thing was that my betta fishes like it.  Then I thought of using the box which was almost the same size of my small, "low-tech" cellphone (-.-) ha ha ha -- that led me to make this greenecraft project.


Aqua Culture Glows cardboard box (as shown above)
unused self-adhesive decorative covering (old or new)
tape measure and ruler
ball pen and pencil
Loctite Super glue brush on
bond paper
self-seal laminating pouch (2.4 in X 3.8 in)
Scotch square fastener (7/8 in X 7/8 in)
old calendar with bright, glossy scenery designs
Level of Difficulty – easy


Printing your own Cellphone Picture
Can you see my superb, high-tech cellphone? I’m just kidding. (-.-) Actually, this low-tech cellphone was totally damaged last Saturday when I washed our bed sheets. I forgot that it was on the bed. (^.^) Remember, what I was saying at the beginning?  Accident can happen anytime and anywhere. I can’t wait for the replacement to arrive before I post this very practical, good project. The cellphone will still be the same kind. No phone upgrading (hwah, hwah, hwah (‘.’)  Anyway, to avoid any kind of accident, let’s start doing this cute, nice project.

Take a picture of your own cellphone and charger on your table. Cut and copy it in a Word Document and resize it to .57 (H) X .76 (W). Using PowerPoint, type in “KEEPING THINGS TIDY IS A GOOD VIRTUE. BE PROUD OF IT” inside the title box with Arial font and 12 font size.  Copy and paste the resized picture of your cellphone inside the title box, but below the  statements.  Make adjustments if possible, to center the picture. Print in a bond paper and center the self-seal laminating pouch on top before cutting.  Make a line around the edges of the pouch and then cut the paper.  Before sealing, carefully align the paper inside the pouch facing down. Cut the excess paper along edges evenly to fit it in. Be sure the paper is smaller in size than the laminating pouch to be able to seal it. After getting the right size of the paper, proceed to seal it.  Apply Super glue at the back of the laminated paper and then attach it on the upper center of the cardboard box. 

Making of Side Covering (1)

Making of Side Covering (2)
Carefully remove the staples from the cardboard box. On the table, lay the cardboard flat on top of a decorative paper.  Fold the decorative paper into two to cover one side of the box.  Run your finger through the inner space of the side to determine the center fold before cutting.  Allow ¼ inch space to its L-shaped edge before cutting the decorative paper. Cut and use it as a pattern for the other side of the box. Don’t peel off the backing sheet yet. These are the coverings for both sides of the cardboard box. Set them aside.

Marking of Both Side Coverings (1)

Marking of Both Side Coverings (2)
With the box facing down, insert the covering at the right side first and run your fingers through it visibly mark the centerfold. Open the pattern, trace its edge (L-shape) up to the center only before cutting. Cut the lower side of the covering (L-shape) only and mark (R) at the backing.  Do the same procedure on the left side.  Be sure to mark the left side (L) at the backing to avoid confusion and mistake.  The picture above shows how it looks like after cutting along the lines.

Making of Body Covering
Measure 16 ½ inch (L) X 6 inch (W) on the decorative paper and then cut.  An allowance for each side is provided when folding the covering around its edges. Set it aside.

Attaching the Side Coverings (1)


Attaching the Side Coverings (2)
Get the covering for the right side and arrange it properly on its side for the last checking before attaching it.  Carefully detach half of the backing only. Carefully align the right side on the edge of the backing with the box facing down and then press it hard. Run your finger through the edge of the side and throughout as you detach the other half of the backing to avoid creases.  Fold the excess covering in both edges.  Do the same procedure on the left side. Don’t attach both sides on the body yet.

Attaching the Body Covering (1)

Attaching the Body Covering (2)

Attaching the Body Covering (3)
Apply Super glue on the front flip side of the cardboard box.  Put some weight on top of it to firmly stick it together.  With the box facing down, carefully detach half of the backing only  and center the decorative paper to where the second fold is. Run your fingers through the cardboard as you slowly detach the backing to avoid creases.  When you reach the first fold, let the front flip side stand to provide adjustment for covering when it folds.  As you reach the second fold again, put the cardboard on the edge of the table and run your  fingers through the covering to avoid creases. You can use a ruler to run through every fold to avoid creases also. Make a slit on corners of both sides, if possible, to evenly fold the covering without obstruction.  Before continuing to cover the whole front body of the box, poke a big hole on the center where the laminated paper is, for easier cutting later on.
Attaching the Sides to the Body
Upon reaching the top, hold the attaching of the covering for a while.  You are going to prepare to attach the 2 sides to the body of the box. Starting with the right side, cut slightly the covering in the inner corner of the side of the box. The excess covering on the edge tends to stick together, so you have to separate them and slightly pull the inner covering up. Pull the body of the cardboard to stand straight  and lean the side firmly to the edge. Fold and stick the inner covering to the inner side. Fold and stick the outer covering to the outer side also.  Do the same procedure on the left side. Apply Super glue on the ends of  both sides to attach them at the back. Apply also on the inner area of both sides, if there are little space left unattached to the edge. Continue covering the back until you reach the second fold at the bottom side. With the box facing you, cut the excess back portion of the coverings only from the bottom going to the top for both sides.  Make a slit on corners to evenly fold the front covering around the edges to the back without obstruction.
 Making of a Frame
Feel with your fingers where the edges of the laminated paper end. Make a slit to see the where the end of the paper is.  Using a pencil, draw straight lines along that areas to expose the laminated portion. Be sure the statement portion and the picture should be the only ones to be seen when the covering is cut. Provide some space for all the sides. Insert the point end of a small scissor to cut along the lines carefully.  But don’t worry, if there are some imperfections in your cutting.  You will make a small frame to cover this imperfection. Select a bright, glossy scenery design from your old calendar.  Cut 4 in. (W) X 2 ¾ in. (L) from your chosen scenery design.  With the wrong side  facing you, draw a line to make ¼ inch allowance along the 4 sides of the frame. Cut the center part going along the lines. With the right side of your chosen design facing you, center it on the laminated picture and apply Super glue along the back of the frame. Attach Scotch fasteners on each corner at the back  of the box.  Attach the box on the wall near an electric outlet.

*This project was featured in Favecrafts as “Upcycled Phone Charging Station.” 

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