Mobile Phone Stand




About: Software engineer.

I wanted a stand for my phone, but I needed to be able to carry it around with me. The ideal size was a credit card. So it seemed obvious to make it out of one. Or rather, two.

Step 1: Find Some Credit Cards

Take 2 credit cards. These are for some lottery I think. They were giving them away at the corner shop. The standard card size is around 85.5mm by 54mm.

Step 2: Trim One Card

Cut a 12mm strip off the edge of one of them.

Step 3: Join the Cards

Using sticky tape, stick the edges of the 2 cards together to make a hinge. Fold back the other way and stick the other side too.

Step 4: Trim the Join

Trim the excess tape off. You should now have a hinged pair of cards.

Step 5: Add Brace

Cut a 45mm wide strip of paper. Tape this in the same way onto the card edge you cut earlier.

Step 6: Join Brace End

Tape the other end to the intact card, 12mm from its edge.

Step 7: Tidy the Frame

Fold the cards in two and trim off any excess paper and tape. This will also fold the paper in two. You now have the frame of the stand completed.

Step 8: Add Friction Strip

Take a thin strip of rubber. This is from an old bicycle tyre, but I expect an elastic band will do just as well. Glue it, using a suitable glue, to the edge of the card, just a couple of mm should do. It is to hold the edge of the phone and stop it from slipping off the stand.

Step 9: Trim Excess

Wait until it is dry and cut the excess off with a pair of scissors.

Step 10: Done

Finished! You now have a mobile phone stand that fits in your wallet. If you prefer a different angle you can change the width of the strip of paper to suit.



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2 Discussions


6 years ago on Introduction

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!! The neatest most portable stand I've ever seen! Thank you so much.

PS- I keep all my expired credit cards (and gift cards too cuz they're so smooooth) and have made wonderful melted-and-bent-up holders and stands of all sorts. Once I've perfected them, I take a permanent marker to them and color the heck outta them. Black is always good because it hides everything so well but other colors are available too. If one coat won't work, a second or third will. Also, there's just sooo many different types of canned spray paints that can do wondrous things, some especially help with slipping.

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Oh, PPS- forgot to mention hotel card keys, they're smooth too and you do a service for yourself by keeping them: your credit card and other personal info may still be on them so don't give them back to the hotel. [I've heard that for years but I don't know if new tech exists that auto-wipes the data off the old cards - don't quote me on any of that. I'm just sayin'.]