DIY Project: Outlet Mounted Charging Pocket.

Cost: free. Recycling Power: Awesome. Creativity: Max.


Inspired by The Power Shelf (or the Drinn), Sean Michael Ragan from Makezine got moving on making his own outlet-mounted charging station from a shampoo bottle. "Most cell phones are provided with a very basic wall-wart charger, and you usually have to pay extra for a proper charging dock. The bundled charger is often unsightly in use, being just a transformer with a cord strung out to an end table or something where the cell phone rests. If you have a cat who likes to chew through cords, as I do, this can be more than just inelegant--it can be totally impractical. It's also a good project if you just hate, for aesthetic reasons, loose power cords strung out across the furniture."


  • Appropriate empty bottle (See step 1)
  • One sheet printer paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Goo-gone (optional)
  • Isopropyl alcohol (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Paint pen
  • Printer
  • Drill with 5/16", 3/8", and 1/2" bits
  • Candle or cigarette lighter


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