DIY eReader Stand – Extremely Easy and Inexpensive to Make

Lately my daughter has been helping me alot in the kitchen.  One obstacle we have is that the kitchen is very tiny – it is a pantry-like setup and I hate it.  There is never enough room, especially for two people to be cooking together.  Now add a large cookbook and ingredients and it becomes impossible.  Plus an 8 year old is not a tidy chef.  My books are getting ruined.  

In this day and age though, many people have transitioned to eReaders for their recipes.  I haven’t done so yet, mostly because I don’t have a stand and I don’t want my Kindle or iPad to get ruined.  

I searched online for eReader stands but they range anywhere from $25 to $99.  There is no way in the world I am paying that much.  That doesn’t mean I won’t have an eReader stand though.  I started looking through our craft supplies and our other DIY supplies.  I will be showing you a couple different stands that we have come up with.  

Today, we are starting with PVC pipe stands.  I love PVC pipe – we make bow and arrows, barbells, batons, balance boards, photography backdrops, bike racks, clothes line dryers, sprinklers, and tons of sizes of hula hoops.  Clearly PVC pipes are the perfect place for Sephora and I to start.

For the iPad/Tablet (10 inch+) stand we used:  1/2 inch PVC pipe and (6) 90 degree elbows. 

This is totally a project my 8 year old can do on her own with my supervision.  I don’t allow her to use the pipe cutter without supervision.  And yes, she should be wearing goggles.  It seems we missed that step today.  She is using a PVC pipe cutter but if you don’t have one you can use a hacksaw. 

We weren’t really sure what size to cut but what we started with happened to be perfect.  We cut two 6 inch long pieces and four 4 inch pieces.  For a 6/7 inch tablet adjust to:  two 5 inch long pieces and four 3 inch pieces.

Simply put them together like you see in the image below.  You can glue them together with PVC cement but if you push the pieces together tightly they won’t fall apart so I didn’t glue them.  The iPad can sit vertically or horizontally on the stand.  It can also remain in its case – some stands only work if you remove the tablet from its case.  The vertical uprights are the 6 inch sections.  Now we can work with recipes directly on my iPad.

For all her work – she wanted her own iPod stand.  That was a little challenging since an iPod is so small – this will also work for a smartphone.  For a stand this small we cut two 3 inch long pieces and four 1 1/2 inch pieces.  Same principles apply.  It is actually quite cute – I may make one for my desk at work for my iPhone but I need some more elbows.  That was the last of what I had on hand.  

Next we will decorate them with colored electrical tape.  However, although I have quite a stash of colors, I can’t find them at the moment.  Decorating may take a little while because I will not buy more when I know I have plenty somewhere.  

These are very inexpensive to make.  The elbows were approximately $2.50 for a contractor set of 10 – each takes 6.  And the PVC pipe you can get in 8 foot sections for around $2.50.  That 8 foot section will make quite a few.  It is the elbows that you need to plan for.  You could also spray paint them with an outdoor plastic furniture paint – which I also may consider but with it being -8 degrees outside – spray paint is definitely not an option and I won’t paint in the house.


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