DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

Last Christmas all three of our boys received Kindles.  Since then, I have been looking for the best way to create a charging station.  There are some really cool ideas out there, but none seemed to work for my space.

Have you also noticed how most of the pictures on Pinterest of charging stations look pretty, but they never actually have the devices plugged in?  You don’t see how it will actually look once you have cords everywhere.

Then, I saw this great mail sorter they had at Costco for only $12.99 and I knew it would be perfect.  If you can’t find a sorter exactly like this, you can get something similar and it should still work great.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

I purchased a power strip to fit behind the mail sorter and plugged all of our chargers in there.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

Initially, I left the mail sorter as it came and added rubber bands across the bottom so that the Kindles – which were smaller than the dividers – would stand up.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

This particular mail sorter even has a white board on the front, which I used to write “Charge Here.”

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

This was working perfectly fine, but after living with it a while, I decided I wanted to pretty it up a little.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

Enter scrapbook paper!

I just used cardstock-weight scrapbook paper in coordinating patterns to cover each individual divider.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

I didn’t do anything special – just folded over a piece of scrapbook paper cut to the correct dimensions and then taped it on.

I also decided to cover the white board part.  I used tape to adhere this paper so it will be easy to remove if I want to go back to the white board.

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

In my experience, it is best to have some repeats when you are using multiple patterns.  I guess you could say it is more resting to the eyes to have some repetition.   I repeated two of the patterns for this charging station.

One of the cool things about this sorter is it came with these side holders that you can remove if you don’t want.  They worked perfectly to charge smaller items like our cell phones!

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com
I loved the functionality of the charger before, but now I love how it looks, too!  

DIY Charging Station for your iPad, Kindle, tablets, phones, etc.. from a letter sorter. www.Before3pm.com

This has been a perfect solution for our family, and a much more affordable option than a lot of charging stations that I have seen online.

 

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