Introduction: 5 Minute Card Phone Holder

About: In Love with design, engineering and science. Please check out my Instagram page @zacsdesigns_ Feel free to request a project and ill see what I can do. I also sell a range of products so inbox me on my accou…

What inspired me?

Well, I love this website and I enjoy the contests. A day or two ago I was looking through the contests as I noticed they had been updated. I noticed a cardboard contest and instantly began coming up with a few ideas. I immediately focused on simple projects such as this one. On top of this im currently designing a mini golf course for a children and family sea side themed event in my local area.

Anyway, I automatically thought of Cardboard phone stands. After a few minutes of looking I noticed the '5 minute' title was very popular so I began to design one. This was very straight forward and simple so I instantly came up with a simple structure and began to make it.

What will you need?

- Corrugated cardboard

- sharp scissors

- A broad marker or sharpie

- 30cm ruler

- 5 minutes of cutting

Step 1: Marking Out Your Stand

Step one - Marking out your stand

Feel free to design your own structure but this step will cover what I dud and my design. It is very simple but if you need help feel free to comment.

On your card, measure a straight line that is 10cm long and mark this onto the card. On the left side draw a 90 degree line that is 10cm high. This will look like the letter L. Now, using the pen and ruler, mark on a line that is 2cm high on the right side. Add a 2cm long line parallel to the bottom so it looks like 3/4 of a square.

Join alone from the top left to the bottom right to form a triangle. You don't need the right or top line do put a cross through it. Draw a line defending 1cm from the top of the 45 degree line. Now, draw a line parallel from the bottom attached to the line you just drew. This needs to be 6cm long. Attach the end of the line to the top of the net. Now, place a ruler at the bottom and mark on 5cm, and then 5.3cm. Make a rectangle that is 1cm high. This will be cut out.

Step 2: Cutting the Card

Step two - Cutting the card

Cutting the card is quite time consuming and can be dangerous only due to the sharp implements used when cutting the net. If the scissors get awkward, use a box cutter or utility knife. If you do this make sure you use a cutting mat and make sure to focus on what youre doing.

When the net has been cut, use the ruler to double check all of the dimensions in order to make sure your phone will fit on it.

Once this has been cut. Place it back onto card and use the pen to copy the template. Remember to invert the slot so the two pieces will definitely slot together. Remember to also cut this part out.

Once both pieces have been cut, you can now alot them together. Feel free to add glue to secure them together.

Step 3: Finished!!


This has been a 5 minute project but dont stop there!!! You can add a range of features that will enhance the products aesthetics. For example stickers, graphics, colours and wording!

Thank you so much for reading and if you have enjoyed, favourite and follow for more projects. Feel free to check out the other Instructables I have done and keep updated as I lost weekly!!!

Cardboard Contest 2016

Participated in the
Cardboard Contest 2016

Makerspace Contest

Participated in the
Makerspace Contest