Minecraft Nether Portal IPod Dock




About: I'm just another guy that likes to make stuff and share what I do, that's all. I make instructables every now and again just for fun.
Hello, fellow instructables members!

Today, I'm here to show you my Minecraft Nether Portal iPod Dock that I made for the Game.Life 2 challenge.

I got the inspiration for this when I saw ThinkGeek's April Fool's joke from last year. I waited for someone to make something like it, but sadly, it never came around, so I took the initiative to make it myself.

Here is a video of it in action:

So, if you want to make one for yourself, read on!

Step 1: Gathering Materials

This time around, I kept a shoestring budget. As much as I would have loved to buy the materials to make this out of some high quality materials such as plexiglass, or use a 3D printer, I just did not have the money.

Anyway, enough about my lack of money. Here's what you'll need:

Tools and Materials

Hot Glue Gun
X-Acto Knife


Google Sketchup (Optional)
iMovie (to make the video yourself)
iTunes (to sync the video to your iPod touch/ iPhone)

Photoshop (optional, used to make textures)

Hardware, etc

iPod Touch
iPod cable
iPod dock adapter (comes with every new iPod/iPhone product)

Printer (to print out the textures)

Step 2: Planning

I used Google Sketchup to plan out what I would do. This allows you to easily keep track of what you'll be doing.

You can download the model for this project here. Feel free to use it however you wish.

The reason why I used this was because as I went along and made each piece for the dock, I painted each section green to show what I've done and what needs to be done. See the pictures below, and you'll better understand what I mean:

Step 3: Cutting the Pieces

Cut the pieces out according to the model. Every block was made to be 1 inch exactly, so that is how each piece was drawn and cut.

Step 4: Glue Together

Glue the pieces together according to the model using the hot glue gun. Once you hot glue the pieces together, use the X-Acto knife to cut the excess off.

Once you've done this, glue the iPod dock adapter to the base as shown below.

Step 5: Print Out Textures

Download the images below. At their original resolutions, they should print in 1-inch squares.

Print them at about 110% just to be safe. Doing so will give you just enough room to cut it more in case they don't fit exactly on the model.

Paste the textures onto the dock as you see in the model with any adhesive of your choice.

Step 6: Sync the Video to Your IPod

The video attached to this step is already converted to the right format for you to easily sync to your iPod touch/ iPhone.

To add the video, follow these steps:
  1. Download the video below
  2. Go to iTunes
  3. Connect your iPod touch
  4. Click File > Add to Library
  5. Browse to the video on your hard drive
  6. Double click the file
  7. By default, this will import the video to your Movie section of iTunes.
  8. Sync your iPod
  9. Done
Now just go to the Music section of your iPod, and play the video. Set it to loop, and it will continue to do this as long as you want.
I made the video myself by making a nether portal in minecraft, recording the screen with Quicktime, and cropping the video in iMovie.

Step 7: Done!

Enjoy your new Nether Portal Dock! Just plug it in, scroll to the nether portal video, and amuse your friends!



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    16 Discussions

    Carl Michael

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! I think it's fit to the papercrafts minecrafts! Awesome dude!


    5 years ago

    Cool man.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    great idea, though i have an ipad :/
    and by the way, you set the video to private.

    1 reply

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    Ahh, terribly sorry about that. I totally forgot to add the picture, or even mention what the ipod dock adapter is! I updated this step for you.

    This is what I meant. Hope this clears things up!


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    Ohhhhh - my iPod Touch didn't come with that (probably because mine was 2nd gen). They're pretty cheap, so I guess I can just buy a few on eBay for even less. Thanks!


    5 years ago

    Awesome build!! Can u make other iPod minecraft dockish related items?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Could you by any change make it for the dimensions for a Nexus 7? I really want to make it, but I am not very good at Google sketchUp.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    WOW! This is perfect, easy, and fun. This is exactly what I wanted to build. THANKS FOR A GREAT PROJECT!