I’m in the process of transferring all of my recipes over to digital (using the app Recipe Gallery). Right now I feel like so many of my recipes haven’t been being used because I have some on Pinterest, some in cookbooks, some on recipe cards, some saved on my computer… it’s just a mess. Plus, I don’t have a ton of counter space so it would be nice to store the cookbooks away and not have them all over the counter. I’m loving the app so far, it’s really easy to use. But… this means all of my cooking will be using the iPad or my phone to get the recipes.
So, naturally, I needed a cute solution on how to prop up my iPad in the kitchen!
Here is my solution! A fun, quick, and cute DIY craft that was super cheap and even with the paint drying time it was done in an afternoon. And when the iPad isn’t on the stand? It’s also a dry erase board!
I know it’s not the most glamorous thing ever created, but I thought it was pretty ingenious.
Here’s how it’s made:
- 1 frame that fits an 8.5 x 11 photo and HAS A STAND. I got mine on clearance for $2, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
- Paints! Whatever colors you want and however many colors you want. I used a light green, a white (I used as a primer and then mixed with the green), and a bright light blue.
- A stick of thin balsa wood, enough to be able to cover the bottom of the frame at least twice. Mine was thin enough that I could cut it with scissors… if yours is thicker then you may need to look into something to cut it with.
- Brush for paints
- Hot glue gun & glue
- Scrapbook paper
- Dry erase marker
- Newspaper or some kind of covering to protect your work surface from paint/glue… I made a mess with mine.
- Preparation! Take the glass & everything out of the frame and set somewhere safe. Measure and cut your balsa wood to the length of the frame so that you have at least two pieces. Again, I was able to do this with scissors, but mine was very thin. Cover your work table with newspaper or something to protect it from paint/glue. I was glad I laid down newspaper because I ended up being messy.
- Paint your frame! If your frame is dark (like mine) you will need to do several coats of paint. Be creative too, you don’t have to just do one color like I did… do polka dots! Use stencils! Write something! Have fun and if you don’t like it then you can always paint over it again.
- Paint your sticks of balsa wood. You will need to make sure that you cover all of the sides, so paint what you can now and then once dry, flip them over and paint the other side.
- Once everything is painted and dry it’s time for the hot glue gun. First you will want to glue two of your wood sticks together along the long but tiny edge… you are basically wanting to make it one long and wide piece for the iPad to rest on. Because the iPad will be resting on it, make sure that you use enough glue that it will hold together with a little weight on it. I used more glue than I probably needed.
- Next, if you have it, glue your third piece of wood at a 90 degree angle to your long, wide piece that you just made. This should make kind of an L shape so that there is a lip to keep the iPad from sliding off.
- Glue to the bottom of your frame wherever you would like it to sit, again making sure that you use enough glue to hold it securely once there is weight on it. I ended up basically using the glue gun to caulk around the wood/frame connection just to add extra strength. Once this glue dries, you can paint it if you would like to help it blend into everything better.
- Take your scrapbook paper and, if it isn’t already, trim it to fit the inside of the frame (you can add stickers or anything else to this as well… just keep in mind that you will want to be able to have it not too busy so you can write on the glass and see it). Place the glass, scrapbook paper, and backing all back into the frame.
- Stand up the frame and test the weight of your iPad on it to make sure it will hold. Assuming it does, you are all done! Congratulations! You can use a dry-erase marker to write on the glass, or just set your iPad on the stand and voila!
I hope you enjoyed reading!
Did you make this? Please let me know! Send me pictures!