Introduction: Office Supply Sun Visor Phone Holder

I am going to show you how you can make a nifty phone/media player/gps holder from a couple of office supplies. I don't take credit for this idea, just something cool that I had seen and thought was so cool that I had to make one too.

This is a super simple, multi-functional, sleekly styled device holder that will take you about ten minutes to make.
Without further ado, let's have a look at how it is done.

Step 1: Stuff to Find

In order to make this device holder. you will need to find the following list of things (I know, it is a long list)
  • A large paper clamp (The biggest size)
  • an elastic band
  • some shrink wrap
  • a lighter (or a candle)
Some tools that are helpful, but not strictly required
  • A vice oops, I meant vise. None of us need more vices.
  • some scissors or an x-acto knife
I know that some of these items might be difficult to locate, if you are having trouble finding them, then you should probably ask for an adults assistance.

Step 2: Bend

Okay, the first step is to bend the clips. If you have access to a vice, this is probably the easiest option. (A drawer will work too, filing cabinets are weak, try a desk drawer.)
Leave them attached to the body as it gives you a better leverage for bending.

Bend it as shown on both sides. Don't worry if you bent one the wrong way. We can fix that. 

Once they are bent then you can remove them from the main body. Do this by placing them in the open position and squeezing the clip until the catch clears the main housing.

Step 3: Protect Your Goods

Now it is time to wrap the metal in order to protect our devices.

With the clips removed, cut four one inch strips of heat shrink tubing. Work these into position, each one should cover the bends that we just made. One to a side, two per clip.

Once they are positioned, heat with a lighter or a candle until the shrinking has tightened the rubber to the clip snugly. You will want to keep the area of heat in constant motion, you do not want to burn the rubber.

You could simply wrap the ends in electrical tape, but this makes a nicer finish and the rubber adds extra grip as well.

Once the bends are covered, you can put the clip back together. Just do the inverse of  how you removed them.


Step 4: Backwards Pressure

Almost done. Now we just wrap an elastic around the two clip armatures to provide the device clip with some holding pressure, and we are finished.

Now go clip it to something and let it hold your device for you. I use mine attached to my sun visor for holding my phone. It puts the phone in the perfect position for talking using hands free. It is also a perfect spot for viewing without disrupting my field of view out the windshield.

Step 5: Final Thoughts

This is a great little project that has loads of room for improvement while not actually requiring any. It works great, it is strong, and best yet, dirt cheap(actually, dirt probably costs more).

Another benefit is that it holds all sizes of devices.

By adding two regular paper clips bent like little feet it makes a decent desktop holder as well. This will still work, but I found a better solution to turn it into a nice desk stand by using a single added paperclip.. (see photos)

Just place one paperclip behind the elastic (it will dangle loosely), flip it forward when you want to stand your device on a desk.


The clip is a strong one, and it would probably be a good idea to line the inside with some rubber or something soft to protect the surfaces that you might want to attach it to.



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turbiny made it! (author)2014-05-01

Instead of using rubber band
Use some pen spring or other metal spring
Rubber band will brake after some time in the sun

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Panther made it! (author)2013-08-13

Brilliant!  I happened to have Heavy duty binder clips, with soft tips (Basically the plastic/heat shrink tubing already on the handles) it came out quite nicely. Haven't added the "legs" yet.

   The one thing that made it easier for me was taking the handles out first, and then bending one bar on the handle at a time inside the catch of a drawer. Trying to bend them both at the same time worked, but I needed something other than my hands to do it. Just one at a time worked out well.

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cpickering made it! (author)2012-05-25

Epic - you just saved me $20 and a trip to the auto store!!

THANK YOU

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2012-06-09

Cheers!

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TracesDad made it! (author)2011-12-09

Nice!! The only alteration i made was that i skipped the step on covering the "handles" since i have a rubber protective covering on my phone already. This took a grand total of 5 minutes to make (would have been less if i didn't break the first rubber band and have to find another). Also didn't have to add the other paper clip to make a desk stand. The way i bent the arms on the original holder leaves my phone at a perfect angle for my desk!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!


I think i know what i am going to give out this year for Christmas.


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ChuckVanT made it! (author)2011-12-05

I saw something similar to this on Lifehacker.com.

Theirs had you wrap the 'ears' of the binder clip with string, and tie it off. I thought that looked a bit tacky, so I bought some 'Plasti Dip' (multi-purpose rubber coating, usually used for coating the handles of pliers, etc) from a large orange hardware store, that shall remain nameless.

I dipped the aforementioned 'ears' about 10 coats, a minute or two between coats. It looks nicer, and still protects my phone.

The over-all idea is, as they say in the Altoids commercial, "BRILLIANT!"

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sconner1 made it! (author)2011-11-30

Think how many of us buy expensive mounts that cost way more, look worse and grip poorly. kudos.

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Madrigorne made it! (author)2011-11-29

Imma use Sugru instead of the heat shrink tubing. I love this SO much. Thank you for posting this Instructable.

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-29

Cheers.

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Hanzo made it! (author)2011-11-28

I love these ideas that are just forehead slappin' simple but I haven't thought of them. Lovely idea, well illustrated and explained. On my list of to-dos.

Instead of the heat shrink, could you use tool dip for the grips? And maybe the jaws, though one would have to keep them open while drying...

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-29

Great idea! I don't see why not, give it a try.

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callipso made it! (author)2011-11-28

Great, simple, yet useful! It wasn't easy to find a clip big enough to fit ma HD2, but totally worth it!

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-28

Good show! Glad to be of service.

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fsadri made it! (author)2011-11-28

I totally agree with you, It's very cool and creative.
Thanks for sharing :)

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-28

Share and enjoy! Your welcome. Thank you too.

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eklipse made it! (author)2011-11-27

+1, such a great, simple idea!

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

Glad you enjoyed it.

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echoalex made it! (author)2011-11-27

Really cool.. Simple and elegant !!!

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

Thank you!

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MiltReynolds made it! (author)2011-11-27

Well-made instructable, as well as the hands-free device holder! I appreciate the many, clear photos. Nice simple project, very functional. I like the heat-shrink tubing idea...adds class as well as protection! Well done!

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

Thanks!

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tazziboy7 made it! (author)2011-11-27

NICE gadget and write-up

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

Thanks!

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ngill2 made it! (author)2011-11-27

"Some tools that are helpful, but not strictly required

A vice"

I have, I'm sorry to say, a LOT of vices, but I think that for this project what I would need is a "VISE".

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

Lol. Thanks for pointing out my typo . I will have to fix that before everyone ends up all discombobulated with clamps stuck to their faces.

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BigShotUK made it! (author)BigShotUK2011-11-27

In the same spirit, "adieu" is French for "to God" meaning "goodbye".

The correct word is "ado" as in "much ado about nothing"; though I accept many people do use "adieu" in it's place, it's a common mistake.


Very nice instructable. I'm probably going to have a go at this myself.

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

I will fix this too. Merci beaucoup.

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BigShotUK made it! (author)BigShotUK2011-11-27

De rien.
:)

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BigShotUK made it! (author)2011-11-27

All the way through I was wondering how you got enough pressure to grip the phone. I simply didn't see this coming.
Nice stuff.

I'll have to get my hands on some heat-shrink (all mine is far too big) in the next couple of days and make one of these.

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fjordcarver made it! (author)fjordcarver2011-11-27

You could use some electrical tape, or one person used an elastic band as protection. (They posted below). Hot Glue? a layer of rubber cement, some cloth....anything would work. Cheers. Thanks!

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kewlkiwi made it! (author)2011-11-27

Spelling as 'Vice' is not necessarily a typo, it depends on which county you are from!

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vise which starts off with: 'A vise or vice (see American and British English spelling differences) is a mechanical screw apparatus...'

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bandonloren made it! (author)2011-11-26

I made one of these a couple of days ago. I just wrapped a rubber band around the arm ends. It makes them non slip and it only took a second.

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