My GPS holder is neat looking, secure, yet easy to insert and remove. These instructions are for my 4.3 inch GPS, but they could easily be modified to fit any GPS/iPod/cell phone/MP3 player/PDA.
9x12 sheet of fun foam - available at craft stores and many dollar stores in many colors
20-gauge hardware wire (also available at dollar stores). The wire should be strong enough to hold your GPS but flexible enough to be bent with your bare hands.
Foam floor tile or garden kneeler (optional, see mounting methods)
Craft knife, straight edge and cutting surface
Hint on sewing on fun foam:
Some stores sell two thicknesses of fun foam; use the thinnest - it's easier to sew on.
Use the longest stitch on your machine. To keep the feed dogs from making marks on the underside of the foam, place a scrap piece of paper underneath the foam. After stitching, gently tear the paper away. Spray with water to loosen the paper if necessary.
Step 1: Cut the Foam
Step 2: Sew the Foam
Fold the wide piece 2 1/4" from one end and sew close to each edge. Make another row of stitching parallel to these edges down the middle of the pocket.
Tear away the protective paper and trim away loose threads.
You can modify this mount for other devices by changing the size of these pieces cut. The "arms" should, when folded, be just long enough to wrap around the back and sides of your device plus about 1/8" on each side of the front.
Step 3: Cut and Bend Wire Form for Holder
For the wide piece with one pocket, form two "w" shaped wire pieces, again filling the inside of the pockets you have sewn. Let the wires extend about 4" from the top of the pocket.
Step 4: Insert Wire Into the Pockets
Step 5: Attach the Two Pieces
Step 6: Thread the Wires to Back
Step 7: Bend to Shape.
Step 8: Mount the Holder
- On my old car, I had two center vents approx 4-5" apart. I took a few of the wires from each side and hooked them into each of the vents. You could also hook some of the wires into a single vent.
- You could wedge a few or all of the wires into a crack between the console and the dash.
- You could use screws or a strong adhesive to attach the holder to the dash.
The method I used on my new car, which has a tray opening about 1" high, 5" wide, and 4:" deep:
Cut five pieces from a foam floor tile or garden kneeler, each about 1" wide and 3" long. Hook the wires from the holder into one of these pieces to attach it, then stack and bind all of the floor tile pieces with duct or electrical tape.
Squeeze the foam stack and wedge it into the tray opening in the dash. If it is too loose to stay, add another piece of foam to the stack.
Cut off any wires you do not need for mounting.