DIY iPad Stand From Thrift Store Cutting Board (And My Secret Ingredient!)

July 1, 2016

wooden cutting board with iPad on shelf

Making an iPad stand with a thrift store cutting board has been on my radar for well over a year. And recently I came across a perfect cutting board for the project. With Father's Day looming large I knew I had to get busy. While my husband is a fabulous cook, he's not a big recipe-follower. He's one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of cooks. So even though you see this iPad stand all over Pinterest being used for holding recipes in the kitchen, I knew he could use it for something more.

thrift store cutting board

I knew when I saw this board at Goodwill for $2.99 that it was THE one. It's the quintessential shape and size you see touted on Pinterest and everywhere else as the one to use for this type of project. Score. Other than the cutting board, all you need is something to use as a "ledge" to place the iPad on, as well as something to use as a backstop of sorts to allow it to sit upright on the counter.

vintage Scrabble game box and tile holder

Scrabble tile holder

For the ledge I used a tile holder from a thrift store Scrabble game I found for 99 cents at Goodwill. Once I got the game home I happily realized that I can use the alphabet tiles for other projects as well.

My son got involved with this project, seeing that it was for Father's Day and all. I told him he had to brainstorm and come up with what we could use for the backstop. Short of having my husband saw some wood, we decided to hit the local Michael's and see what they had in the woodworking aisle. If that was a bust we were going to try Hobby Lobby and then Home Depot. I told my son we had to think outside the box.

Michael's mini easel chalk board

And that we did. Within moments of entering the store we spied this beauty on sale for 60% off. After a short discussion we decided that it was just the right piece to help us complete our project. Neither one of us could believe that we hadn't thought of using a mini-easel before! Cost:$1.59. Score again.

hinge on mini easel

I knew I didn't want to have to create a hinge myself, so I was thrilled to find this "secret ingredient" for our DIY iPad holder!

It was the perfect size for the job.

And bonus: it was a chalkboard!

So to recap: take one thrift store cutting board, add one Scrabble tile holder and one pre-made wooden easel, and voila.

DIY iPad stand thrift store cutting board

Here's one recipe I can get on board with!
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We used E600 glue to put it all together. I toyed with the idea of painting it or stenciling something on it, but for now I'm going to leave it as is. Oh, and what will my husband use it for if he's not using it for recipes?

Why, Pandora of course! He never likes to cook without his music!

I think my husband liked his kitchen companion, along with a few other gifts we gave him. They were all cooking-related. But as I said, he's not a real recipe-follower. But he IS an awesome cook. Lucky me.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my 

DIY iPad Stand From Thrift Store Cutting Board

and that I inspired you in some way.

wooden cutting board with iPad on shelf

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Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Brilliant! I've been letting my 3 year old granddaughter use a regular plate easel. When she needs it to stand up, but solution is much more stable! No more having it get off balance and knocking over her drink. :-)

Unknown said...

Kathleen, that is too clever! I haven't seen this project on Pinterest, but whoever thought it up was a genius! You & your son did a good job with it, & I'm sure your hubby thought so too. And yes, you are lucky he likes to cook!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Great idea, pinned. Creative.

My thrift store addiction said...

I think the cutting board tablet stands are so fun and I love scrabble tile holders because there are so many handy ways to use them. Clever idea with the easel stand!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Great idea!

Vanessa said...

I love it Kathleen! So easy and great if you need to use it in the kitchen for a recipe. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. Love having you. Have a great week.

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