Need A Stand For Your iPhone 5? You Can Make One Out Of Paper Or Cardboard

Apple caught some flack for not releasing an official standing dock for the iPhone 5. We’ve seen alternate docks from a variety of companies, most acting as a pass-through stand for the official Lightning cable, and the few we’ve seen from third parties with a built-in connection (such as the promising-looking Lightning Flash dock) but have yet to materialize. Of course, some people are more comfortable with the do it yourself approach, such as director Casey Neistat–who built a desk mounted dock out of scrap wood from his studio.

I’m not entirely sold on the idea of using cardstock for a dock, but the  folded paper design is cool.

Unfortunately, not all of us would-be DIY types have access to a fully-stocked woodshop. Lucky for us, it’s possible to make a stand out of readily available materials like paper and cardstock. The Handmade paper EcoStand/dock for iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 is a passthrough stand made through origami that is designed to support the weight of your iPhone. Unlike with Neistat’s wooden dock, you might not want to drill holes to mount this to your desk. Instead a couple strips of double-sided mounting tape should keep the stand stable. What’s more, it can even be modded to support your phone in landscape mode.

While this isn’t the most heavy duty stand available, it will only take about 15 minutes to make–and hey, cardstock is available in a variety of colors. The ecostand is donation-driven: if you buy the developer a coffee, you’ll receive the PDF plans in your email. While we wouldn’t recommend using standard printer paper for a dock, we could imagine that cardstock may be sturdy enough for a basic stand.

The next runner up for cheapest DIY dock is a Lego design that costs about $20 in parts from Pick A Brick, less if you can find the parts at home.

Would you use a stand made of cardstock, or are you looking for something a bit more substantial? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Elias Hodkinson

    Thats actually pretty cool. For something pretty simple it don’t look to bad either :D