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Yo, this instructable features one of the most undeniably, infinitely useful office objects ever made: The Binder Clip. You can find them almost anywhere, and their uses, both intended and repurposed, are limitless. In this little 'ible, I'll show you how I made a phone mount for pretty darn cheap (college and having money don't usually go together). Read on!

Materials:
1 Large binder clip
1-2 Rubber bands or hair ties
2 lengths 6 inches long of Paracord, color your choice

Notes on materials:
Binder Clip - size it to your phone, the handles should have to open a bit to fit the phone in
Rubber bands / hair ties - I used black hair ties (...no, not a girl, just have a sister) because i thought it looked more pro

Alright, grab your materials and lets start.
 
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Step 1: Finger Prep

Picture of Finger Prep
In this step, we prepare the fingers that will hold the phone. I am referring, of course, to the silvery parts of the binder clip.

Even though this is one of the more crucial steps, it is very easy. Just take the two metal 'handles' off of the binder clip. Put them in a vice and clamp the rounded end up to where it bends. Tap with a mallet of hammer until you have about 20 degrees of bend in the part. Repeat for both fingers.

Voila!
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80$man2 years ago
My phone is quite wide, thus I modded in a third supporting arm to hold the phone's bottom edge, but all arms are still moveable. This is quite a usable ibble, gonna make a few and pass they out to friends. Spread the DIY love...
repeet13 (author)  80$man2 years ago
I'm interested to see a pic!
80$man repeet132 years ago
As per your request:
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eilu3 months ago

I made one with a 2" binder and some silicone rubber hair ties. Don't have access to a hairdryer at the moment, but I'll be adding heat shrink tubing when I do. Also, since I don't have a vise, I had to use a pair of pliers (one long nose, one ordinary) and a LOT of effort.

jbman24 months ago

Heres my idea,

Affixing a paper-clip to a plastic iPhone case with a pop-rivet

Total cost $0 (Free iPhone case from a lighting and sound gear roadshow)

the metal arms slide into the gap between the console and trim

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mboris made it!5 months ago

Hi, when I saw this I thought what a great idea and made one myself. I used tubing(wasn't easy to get on) and some duct tape to prevent scratching. I looped a single regular sized band 3x and combined with the tubing provides exceptional grip. I can easily have this vertical going over rough terrain without it slipping.

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mantony2 made it!6 months ago

I love this! It was easy to make and works really well!

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The_Tom1 year ago
I just made one with shoe laces instead of paracord. works great. I have realized i am seriously lacking in my supply of large binder clips =[... Gonna work on that third arm like 80$man's before i use it vertically.
ghwhitcher1 year ago
What a clever solution. This is a PERFECT instructable. Will do
Ever since I first saw this many months ago I've wanted to make one of these, and now I finally have. But instead of paracord I used electrical tape. Works like a champ for my Galaxy S2. Any ideas on how to use mount this onto a tripod?
repeet13 (author)  toiletbowl martini1 year ago
Tripods are generally 1/4-20, so quick and dirty you could drill a through hole on one side, then capture the tripod bolt with a nut of your own. definitely a dirty solution though
Inspiring instructable. I used your base design to create a dashboard mount for my Navigator. I added a few of my own touches though: For cover I used braided rubberbands for better traction, and I needed to attach a couple of stops at the back to make the design hold the greater weight. But, It seems to be working out just fine.
nedfunnell2 years ago
I was thinking of where I could get some paracord, but then I realized that heatshrink is the best thing since sliced bread. PROTIP! Put a drop of dish soap into the mouth of the heatshrink before working it onto the wire. The first heatshrink tube took 5 minutes to work on. The second one, with a drop of soap, was on in 30 seconds. While you're in the kitchen, shrink it over the gas stove. However, work your way in from the center. You'll get a bubble if you go the other way, like I did. It snapped and left me a hole. Good enough!
damien3812 years ago
The paracord looks very nice, however the combination of that and my silicon case was causing the phone to slide out a bit. I replaced the paracord with heatshrink tubing and KABLAM, problem solved. This material has a much better grip on the soft case.
girvster2 years ago
I love the look of this. i am thinking of making one later today.

It would be better if i could find a way to hold my phone both vertically and horizontally tho.

Any ideas?
repeet13 (author)  girvster2 years ago
I actually clip mine to the airvent on the dash, and mine rotates 360, so if i had one like above with three supports id be all set.

That being said, if you need to clip to a horizontal thing, but want it vertical, sounds like you might want to investigate clipping something else in, that has a skinny vertical piece to clip this one in. Only problem is that makes the whole assembly more rickety, so not so great if you are a spirited driver!

Let us know if something works out for you! We always love seeing pictures of someone making an instructable and hacking it for themselves!
redhousecat2 years ago
so, what does it look like with the phone in it? I'm assuming this is to hold some of the older model narrow phones since some of the newest smart phones are a bit wider?
jarcher122 years ago
I really like this, have made 3 already (2 for friends of mine) i used shrink tubing for electric wires, works well and looks nice. also if you add a little piece of aluminum to act as a "tounge" you can have it standing without adding another clip. the tounge makes it adjustable as well. and it can be placed inside the clip when not in use. you need to make it a snug fit and bend both the ends up so it doesn't get lost. will try to post some pics if anyone interested.
resol312 years ago
I'd love to see a picture with the phone in the mount.
repeet13 (author) 2 years ago
Apparently great minds think alike:

http://lifehacker.com/5747897/how-to-build-a-car-mount-for-your-cellphone-from-office-supplies

No offense to him, but I like mine a little better because its easier to make and cleaner.
I made the lifehacker one right about the time it came out almost a year ago... it's held up well with the exception of swapping out for new elastic bands from time to time as they wear down/dry rot and everybody comments on it, but I do like the idea of using paracord instead of wrapping the wire bits.
repeet13 (author) 2 years ago
If you liked the instructable, I would appreciate your vote in any of the contests it is currently in! (Epilog, Mini, and Hack) Thanks!
repeet13 (author) 2 years ago
Also, my girlfriend thought it was funny that I started with yo...so she made a rap:

Yo this is my instructable, its so cool and doable, make a neat phone clip, your street cred surely wont dip, youll need paper clip and vice, if you miss you might need ice, dont forget the paracord and hair ties, scratching your phone wouldnt be wise
Word!
80$man Hoopajoo2 years ago
Respect!
Hoopajoo 80$man2 years ago
Props!
Browncoat2 years ago
I don't have any paracord, but I guess I could just wrap w/thread or yarn. Good idea!!
I did this last night using some old shoelace from a worn out pair of hiking boots instead of the paracord. This mounting system works better than some you buy!
80$man Hoopajoo2 years ago
I suppose you could also use heat shrink?... those plastic tubing that contracts when exposed to a flame...
repeet13 (author)  80$man2 years ago
hmm, i like the idea, most heat shrink is a little grippy too, although make sure to try and bend it beforehand, as some heat shrink isnt very bendy, or doesnt look good when bent/shrunk when bent
80$man repeet132 years ago
so you would bend the clip beforehand, then shimmy on the heat shrink, the apply flame, right?
repeet13 (author)  80$man2 years ago
i meant the bends in the heat shrink, like around the loop at the top and stuff
80$man2 years ago
Made it in under 60secs, had all the parts and tools on my making table except a vice, but I used a huge pair of pliers. Thank you of the great idea!
repeet13 (author)  80$man2 years ago
Props for having a making table!
80$man repeet132 years ago
Thanks, it's still a work-in-progress as is all the projects piled on top of it! The whole making concept is still new to me... been tinkering and fabricating for years but the online making community is very new to me, but I like it very much!
How large is the binder clip?
2" worked nicely for my HTC Wildfire
repeet13 (author)  blinkyblinky2 years ago
Ideally, you should test fit your phone to size it. I'm not sure what (or how to measure the) size my binder clip is, but I believe its either the 1.5 inch or the 2 inch.
"Voila!" Means "there is" in French...

Just a bit of info.
CaseBoy2 years ago
this was from life hacker
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