I’ve seen a lot of my blogger friends make an iPad stand. I’ve wanted to make one for a long, long time. Have you been looking for an easy way to make your own iPad stand for your kitchen? I was talking to Jamie about it, and she came up with the best idea of how to actually make the iPad stand sit on the counter without falling over. Actually she was talking about using a picture frame for the iPad stand…. but that made it become a light bulb moment for me.
Let’s take a look at this easy iPad stand project.
I bought two cutting boards for a dollar each last may in Bowling Green at Grandma’s Attic. I thought using one of them for this month’s Thrift Store Décor project was a no-brainer.
Materials for DIY iPad Stand
What you’ll need to make this easy iPad stand for your kitchen.
- Thrift Store cutting board
- Scrabble tile holder
- small picture frame
- Minwax stain (I used Dark Walnut)
- Minwax Polyurethane
- cheap chip brush
- nail gun
- Gorilla Glue Construction Adhesive
- vinyl image of your choice
- Hem Guide (optional)
How to Apply Vinyl with a Hem Guide
Jamie recommended that I do a negative stencil with the word yum, staining over the vinyl, allowing the letters to be the original light colored wood. Sometimes I like to use painter's tape as a transfer tape. The hem guide helps to center the word on the cutting board iPad stand.
I applied the vinyl word yum that I cut out of contact paper.
Stain Cutting Board and Scrabble Tile Holder
I used a rag to apply the stain to the cutting board and the tile holder.
oops! The stain bled under the contact paper stencil. This probably wouldn't have happened if I had painted the cutting board before staining.
Scrabble Tile Holder will Hold the Tablet
I used my staple gun to attach the tile holder (from the back). Then I used the chip brush to apply the poly to seal everything.
NOTE: you don't need a nail gun, you could use your favorite means of fastening--wood glue, hot glue, or super glue.
I hung the cutting board from the handle to allow the poly to dry.
What makes this iPad stand different than any other?
Picture Frame Easel
On to Plan B—I’ll be putting the back (easel) over the word yum. I used Gorilla Construction Adhesive with my caulk gun.
Isn’t it genius? It’s so simple, it’s brilliant actually! No hinges involved. As I mentioned above, when I told Jamie that I was doing this project, she mentioned using a picture frame, then there was some brainstorming happening, and somehow it was decided that the back easel of a picture frame would be perfect to support the new tablet stand.
NOTE: The easel doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the cutting board. This allows a good "tilt" to the iPad stand.
Add Monogram to iPad Stand
I did a monogram on my Silhouette Portrait. As always I used my hem guide to help with the placement of the vinyl.
DIY iPad Stand in the Kitchen
If you do a lot of cooking or baking a tablet stand like this is great for displaying recipes.
Find this great toll house cupcakes recipe at Create and Babble
Of course it can also be used for browsing your favorite sites, or watching a movie while you work in the kitchen.
This was a very fun project to do. Be sure to check out the other Thrift Store Décor projects from my friends below.
Lettered Sock Bin Bliss Ranch
Farmhouse Candle Holder Our Southern Home
Thrift Store Chair Makeover DebbieDoos
Wooden California Clock Domestically Speaking
Spray Painted Thrift Store Decor Petticoat Junktion
Globe Makeover Setting For Four
What have you made over from the thrift store lately? Do tell!
If you love thrift store makeovers, you may want to check out these projects: