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Friday, July 9, 2010

Make a DIY iPad stand from pencils and rubber bands

pencil ipad stand How To: Make a DIY iPad stand from pencils and  rubber bands

These days, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone actually using a pencil for writing, but it seems there’s still a healthy market for pencils being used as iPad stands. That’s right, we said it. An iPad stand made out of pencils. Forget paying for an iPad stand that’s only capable of holding your iPad in a more-or-less upright position, this DIY stand will happily prop up your Apple tablet one minute and have you scribbling notes the next minute. That’s what we call multi-tasking!

A handful of pencils, a collection of rubber bands, and the willingness to get crafty with your geeky self is all you need to create your own DIY iPad stand. You can use sharpened pencils to give your homemade stand some flair, but we recommend going the un-sharpened route if you want to avoid marking up your desktop. Thanks to the creative folks over at Geeky Gadgets, we’ve got a pictorial on how to save yourself some cash and slap together a functional tablet stand out of everyday items that you probably haven’t touched in years – we barely even know what a pencil feels like in the hand anymore.

To summarize, you basically create a triangle out of three pencils. This will serve as your base. Secure the points of this triangle with rubber bands. Then, insert the remaining three pencils into the top of your newly-created rubber band joints so that they point upwards. Finally, bring the tops of your upward-pointing pencils together to form a pyramid and secure them together with your remaining rubber band. You’ll want to use the eraser tips as the point of contact between the stand and your iPad – we’d also suggest you aim a couple eraser tips downward to provide grip on your desk.

We used the metal band that connects the eraser to the pencil as the resting point for our iPad. We wrapped the metal band with a bit of electrical tape to prevent the ridges from scratching our pristine tablet – you would do well to do the same.

Best of all, if you need an emergency pencil for some reason, you’ll always know where to find one.

So, if you’ve got some pencils lying around, give this DIY a go and let us know how it turns out!

We love DIYs.

[Via: GeekyGadgets]