A useful tripod that's easy to make and fits in your pocket. It uses stiff wire wrapped in electrical tape as legs, and taped to a bolt. I have like 4 now so i'll give one to my friend that wanted one.
Step 1: Get Supplies
you need 4 things:
3 Stiff pieces of wire, 10+ inches long (old coat hangers, copper house wiring)
a 1/4" bolt that fits camera mounts, they're pretty common
Step 2: Wrap Legs
start wrapping around one end of the wire with electrical tape about 10 times around, then move up to the other end, leaving 2" uncovered.
wrap the others the same way.
Step 3: Bend "U"s in legs
use the pliers to bend "U"s on the un-covered ends of the legs.
Step 4: Wrap tape around bolt
Step 5: Add a Leg
Place the "U" of one leg against the bolt as shown. Wrap the tape around 2 or 3 times tightly.
Step 6: Add more legs
add the other two legs (or more) in the same way. Now wrap 10-20 times around everything super tightly.
Step 7: Done :D
wasnt that easy? now just screw your tripod on, DONT OVERSCREW, you can screw on a nut or wingnut to snug up your camera, or 2 nuts screwed together to stop your camera from going down too far.
you can use it as a normal tripod, a great macro tripod for getting low and it will wrap around anything; signs, branches, chairs (camping chairs...)
give some to your photographer friends too (my friend wanted one)