Run out of Greenshield Organic? Of course you can grab more in store or online (wink, wink)—but before you toss those plastic bottles into the recycling—consider “upcycling” them! These nifty upcycled cell phone charging stations keep your cords and phone neatly tucked away at the office or at home, and take less than one hour to create!
This craft project is super simple and makes a great gift for anyone. We put our own spin on it by using our round sugar cane spray bottle for added room, and then wrapped it in scrap fabric for a soft and chic look. Check it out:
What You’ll Need
- Any empty round-shaped Greenshield Organic spray bottle or dish detergent bottle
- X-Acto Knife (or narrow blade razor knife)
- Phone Charger (for measurement)
- Permanent Marker
- Optional: Two 12” x 9” pieces of fabric (or decorative paper, or paint)
Remove cap or spray nozzle from an empty bottle of your choice. For this project we chose to use a leftover bottle of our 32 oz. Organic All-Purpose Cleaner. Thoroughly clean and dry your plastic bottle, and remove any labels.
On your Greenshield Organic bottle you will notice two thin lines (one on each side of the bottle). These lines indicate the halfway point where both sides of the bottle meet to make it complete during manufacturing. Use these line to help guide you as you cut! Using a ruler, measure 4” from the base of the bottle along one of the lines and make a mark on either side of the line, 2” to 3” apart. This will be the front of your charging station!
Now, turn your bottle to the other side. Measuring 7” from the base along the second line, create another two marks on each side. This will be the back of your charging station! (The picture below shows a clear example of the manufacturing lines we mentioned earlier).
Using the narrow blade of an X-Acto Knife begin to carefully cut a straight line across the bottle from each of the 4” marks until you cut a little more than half way around the bottle. *CAUTION: Razor knives are extremely sharp! This step should be done by adults only.
Turn the bottle around to the back (or taller side) of your "charging station" where you made the 7" marks. Using a permanent marker, trace the edges of your cell-phone charger's wall input about half an inch below your 7” marks. Make sure to line up your charger with the center line in the plastic bottle.
Then, using a razor knife, cut a square hole smaller than your outline, yet still wide enough to fit the actual prongs through.
Use your razor knife to cut a straight line about 3.5” or so in length to each side of your 7” marks. Then, cut downward towards the middle of the bottle where your 4” cuts stopped. This will create a scoop-like shape perfect for hooking onto your wall with your phone charger. Don’t worry about making the perfect cut, we will take care of that in Step 6, below!
Smooth out the edges and shape up your plastic charging station with scissors or a razor knife. We found that scissors worked better than an X-Acto t to straighten wonky edges and make things more even. But, feel free to try either one to soften up your station!
Next, using a medium-grit sand paper, go over the edges one final time to get rid of any imperfections or sharp points. Now your station should be perfectly smooth!
If you want to keep things simple and love the look of this green plastic station, you are done! Or, feel free to let your imagine run wild! Cover yours with a fabric of your choosing, spray it up with bright colors, dip it in paint for a fun look, or bedazzle it with glitter, paper, or stickers. The choice is yours!
We chose to use some scrap fabric we had on hand to create a custom look and cushion our phone. After all, who doesn’t like feeling comfy?!
DIY Fabric Cover:
We played it by ear here, cutting our fabric about 12” in length and 9” in width (just enough to cover the outside of our charging station).
First, we applied Gorilla Glue on the outside of the bottle. Feel free to try other glues that you know will work well on plastic. Next, wrap your fabric around the outside of the plastic bottle, folding in the outside edge in the back to create a seamless look. Then, press and hold until dry.
Next, we dabbed a reasonable amount of glue onto the bottom of our charging station.
Then, we wrapped the bottom of our fabric over the base, gluing each fold down until the bottom was completely covered and the fabric was tight and secure. Hold until dry.
Here comes the tricky part! Using scissors at the front of your charging station, cut a straight line down the middle about 5” in length, stopping just above the top of the plastic (leaving a little extra room so you can fold your fabric over).
Then, cut your fabric evenly across the top until you reach the rear of your charging station. Fold back the extra fabric and apply glue to the top portion, pulling it over the front and pressing down until dry.
Next, trim off the remaining fabric on the right and left hand sides. Again, be sure to leave just enough fabric to fold each edge over and glue it in place.
Once completely dry, gently cut a square in the fabric which covers the outlet hole.
To cover up the inside of your charging station for a complete and polished look, take another sheet of fabric in a similar size (we used another sheet of 9" x 12" scrap fabric). Next, tuck it into the center of the charging station and neatly fold your fabric over the back until you have it how you like it.
Then, secure it with ribbon or twine. Be sure to recreate the square hole again so that your charger can still plug into the wall. We got lucky here and were able to cut a small hole hidden under the center fold of our fabric, hiding the access spot when not in use!
Now your Upcycled Cell Phone Charging Station is complete! Enjoy more work space and keep those annoying cords organized in style and out of the way for good!