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How to transform an IKEA vase into a Charging Station for your gadgets.

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…a simple idea with an even simpler approach…

 

~THE STORY~

I live in a small apartment and I own several small devices that are energy-greedy. I tried in the past to dedicate some space near a wall plug, to charge them all, but it always looked bad and cluttered. I searched for a professional solution to buy, but they are either expensive or ... really expensive! And usually not future upgradable...

 

So I decided to build one, and the result was a BULKY IKEA box that laid on the floor for quite some time behind a rocking chair. After furniture rearrangement (chic!), I used that space and I was left with no-money. So I had to improvise and find a solution for the only available place ... my living room, and it had to blend in.

 

THEN it struck me!! Why not transform this beautiful black IKEA vase into a stealth charging station??


(The eagle-eyed viewers already noticed that the photo couldn't be taken in my living room but i have a great excuse ... IT'S A MESS!  :p )
 
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Step 1: Parts you will need...

Picture of Parts you will need...
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Mouth blown glass vase from IKEA,

Pot stand from cork,

Knife,

Power cord with a switch,

Female adapter,

Screwdriver,  

...and the rest you see in the following picture :)   {It's all plugs to me :p , so any help is appreciated...)

enoted3 years ago
This is really creative .. Good Job :D
eggspanther4 years ago
glass cracks more easily when heated. you can run water over it as you drill. slow and steady.
Retirement14 years ago
This is such a great idea, I may make one for each pile of mess in my house.  Keys, pens, paper clips - those containers should all be topped with flowers.  thank-you for the inspiration.
simplebeep4 years ago
This is great. Thanks for sharing this excellent idea.
I would like to have seen more pictures on how the cork, adapters, splitters, vase, etc. all fit together (but I'm sure I can figure it out).
:D
jellvi4 years ago
Such an   elegant elegant solution   to such an ugly but necessary problem !!!!!!    Thank you so very much for your instructable.  Have found the IKEA Stockholm vase in stock @ my local IKEA.  Will make several for family, friends and myself !!!!
This is a really cool holder! I hope this inspires other people to create their own charging stations. I would love to see what else people can come up with.
XOIIO5 years ago
Nice, you just need a holder to keep each device steady.
Are you in England or somewhere other than the US? Because I've never seen those plugs here. This is really cool too.
MichaelPap (author)  LuminousObject5 years ago
No, I'm from Greece, as i highlighted on the globe ;)
So it's a European kind of plug (except UK of course)
Glad you liked it! 
robots1995 years ago
Great Job!

Glad to see a new method to hide my ugly charging devices!

Looking forwards to seeing more of your 'ibles!