Hello Everyone! Welcome to day 7 of my 12 Days of handmade gifts! Today I have an awesome DIY for you, vintage planter iphone docks! This tutorial is more on the advanced side. It helps to know about wiring and have had experience using a soldering gun. I will say if you are going to give it a go, use extreme caution. Soldering iron get very hot and if can give you bad burns if you aren’t careful. That being said, this is still a fun diy. I am lucky to have a very handy hubby to help me. So grab your man, or a friend with some know-how and let’s get started.
Here’s What You Need:
Vintage Ceramic Planter
Iphone charging cord
Small block of wood
Hot glue gun and glue
Electricians wire cutters
Masonry bit and regular drill bit a little larger than your cord.
Dremmel with saw blade
Please excuse my lack of instructional photos! My laptop crashed on me before I could save them. I will try to make another in the future and add photos to the post. The first thing you want to do is drill the hole in your planter. With your drill fitted with a masonry bit slowly and carefully drill a hole in the back of your planter close to the bottom. Now cut a block of wood to fit the inside of the planter. Trace the head end of your charger onto the top of the block. Using your markings as guidelines cut along those lines and remove the small piece trimmed out for the charger head to fit into. Now drill a hole into the middle of the. Ut space for your wire to go through the bottom of the block and drill sideways to that hole on the bottom chiseling out a path for your cord. Now you are ready to do the wiring. Cut the wire at about an inch or so down from the head. Go ahead and snake your long wire through the hole in the wood block. Remove about an inch of plastic casing from both ends. Separate your two wires and remove their plastic casing. Do this for both sides. Now twist together the wires to join back the top and bottom black wires together and red wires together. Heat up the silver solder with your soldering gun by touching the gun to the solder wire held on the wire joining. Once the wires are soldered back together, wrap the sides separately in electrical tape, then together in electrical tape. Now hot glue your charger head into the slot in the wood and glue your wood into the bottom of the planter making sure that it is centered so that your phone will fit perfectly. And that’s it. Not bad huh?
I absolutely love this charging base! It looks so adorable on my nightstand! I want to make one for every room! The perfect gift for your favorite vintage lover or techie! I hope I have inspired some of you to try your own dock! Be sure to tune in next week for more fun diy gifts! Until then…