DIY Shoe Box Charging Station

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 30, 2013

DIY shoe box charging station, DagmarBleasdale.com

If you are like me, you’re always looking for all those charging cables for your phone, iPad, and other devices. Well, search no more!

I upcycled a shoe box that otherwise would’ve landed in the trash, and with a little bit of craftiness, I build myself this charging station.

No more unsightly cables everywhere, and they are all in one spot in this stylish tech organizer!

DIY Shoe Box Charging Station

Charging Station Supplies:

  • shoebox
  • wrapping paper in your preferred pattern
  • paper glue
  • X-Acto knife
  • metal grommets or metal rings
  • pencil or pen
  • optional: glue gun

I couldn’t find grommets big enough to fit the ends of the chargers through it, so I had to improvise and bought metal rings that I mounted on the outside of the box to reinforce the hole.

If you can get large grommets, I’d suggest using them.

Charging Station Tutorial:

  • Place the shoebox on top of the wrapping paper and cut off enough of the paper so that you have enough extra to cover the outside, plus another inch or so on the inside.
  • Cut out four sections on all corners of the box to create a kind of “cross” look, making sure you leave an extra inch of wrapping paper.

DIY shoebox charging station, DagmarBleasdale.com

  • Cut a small slit toward the corners of the box and fold the excess paper to the inside on the narrower sections.
  • Apply glue to the first longer side of the shoe box and wrap the paper around it, and around the corner to the narrower side. Repeat on the other side.
  • Then cover the narrower side of the box with glue and push the narrower wrapping paper up to cover the wrapping paper that came around the corner, and then do the other side.
  • Cut off excess wrapping paper, but leave an inch of it so you can glue it over the edge to the inside for a nicer finish.
  • Apply glue to all four sides of the inch of paper sticking past the top of the box. Then push the paper down against the inside of the box.
  • Now wrap the top of the box in wrapping paper.

DIY shoebox charging station, DagmarBleasdale.com

  • Take the grommets or metal rings and trace the inside with a pencil or pen where you want to place the holes.
  • Cut out the holes with an X-Acto knife.
  • Attach the grommets. In my case, I used glue to secure the metal rings to the outside of the box. You could also use a glue gun.
  • Now, put an extension cord with several outlets into the box and push the end of the cord through one of the holes.

DIY shoebox charging station, DagmarBleasdale.com

Now you just need to find a spot for your new charging station!

Please use caution: only plug in the chargers for the time of the charge, don’t connect too many chargers at one time, and disconnect the extension cord from the outlet when not in use to avoid overheating the box.

Could you use a charging station?

If you want to see all of my other DIY posts, check out my DIY page.

{I originally wrote this post for EverydayFamily.com.}

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittanie @Simplistically Living May 19, 2015 at 1:34 AM

Love this! So much nicer looking than cords everywhere! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again!

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Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home May 18, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Dagmar, this is incredible. I am constantly bothered by the cord clutter on our counter. I love how you solved the problem and will be sharing this across our social media. Thanks for sharing at Think and Make Thursday!

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Denise May 18, 2015 at 11:24 AM

Love this project. Thank you for linking up at Sunday Features weekly. We featured this link this week. Thank you again!

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Sheena May 15, 2015 at 2:11 PM

I have been wanting to make a few charging stations for our family but not sure exactly what to use, a shoebox would be prefect!!

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pam May 15, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Wow….neat.

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Megin May 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM

What a great idea! I love that you could customize it to your decor, too.
Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
~ Megin of VMG206

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Dagmar Bleasdale May 13, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Wow, Megin, thank you for letting me know!!

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Tasha May 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Very creative idea and easy!! Certainly better than having a bunch of chargers bundled up out in the open!

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Stella Lee May 12, 2015 at 10:57 PM

This looks so much better then all those cords everywhere. I think I need several of those boxes to keep hubby’s cords undercontrol.

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kerajinan tangan December 12, 2014 at 3:17 AM

t just accord to me that you can add a non slippery material on top and have the devices sit there as they charge.

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Eric Costantino July 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Pretty slick! Nice idea!

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Eric Costantino July 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Pretty slick! Nice idea!

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jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof July 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Love the pattern!

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Dagmar Bleasdale July 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Thanks :) Chevron is so in right now.

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Jay @craftyspices June 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

This is a great simple idea. It just accord to me that you can add a non slippery material on top and have the devices sit there as they charge.

If you have not done so yet, we would love to have you come share/link via our WWHop: http://www.craftyspices.com/hops/wwhop
Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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Rhen @Yes, they are all mine May 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

That is a fantastic idea!! I could easily customize a couple of those!

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