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Make An iPad Stand Out Of A Document Holder

I made an iPad stand to use on my kitchen counter. Now I can read recipes, watch videos, scan Pinterest, etc., while I’m cooking. I like to multi-task and waiting for water to boil is boring. The iPad stand is super easy to make. All you need is a hard plastic document holder like the one I bought at the thrift store, spray paint, and inexpensive decals.

make an iPad stand out of a document holder

I do use cookbooks occasionally but most of the time I find recipes online. I save the recipes to Pinterest and just look them up when I need them. I have a few favorite recipes from old cookbooks I’ve collected through the years. Italian Cream Cake is a family favorite and I have to make it for all birthdays. The page in my cookbook is so worn it’s come out of the book. I’ve photographed the recipe with my phone and I also wrote a post about the cake so I will always know where to find the recipe. I can look it up on my iPad….and now I have a handy iPad stand.

The project today is part of our Thrift Store Décor tour. The tour links to projects by my oh so talented crafty friends are at the end of this post.

document holder before makeover

I found the document holder at the thrift store and thought it would make the perfect iPad stand if it was spruced up a bit. I don’t think anyone uses these for holding documents anymore. I remember using something similar in my high school typewriting class. Showing my age now.

Rustoleum Spray Paint project

The first thing I did was spray paint the soon to be iPad stand. I could have removed the clip on the top left but it adds a little something to the project. I did remove it for painting. Spray paint projects are the easiest and it took all of 2 minutes to spray paint the document holder.

jumbo wall stickers from Dollar Tree

I bought the wall decals at the Dollar Tree last week. I was thinking to put them on the backsplash in the kitchen but decided that was not the look I was going for on my backsplash.

peel and stick wall decor

So I stuck the stickers to my new ipad stand.

cut up the stickers

I put the lemon decals on the stand in a really nice thought out design (meaning all willy nilly) and cut some of them up because I’m crazy like that.

Decorative iPad Stand Out Of A Document Holder

I thought the placement worked out pretty well. How easy is this project. I bet you guys are jealous. I’ve seen a few diy wood stands and those are pretty but take a lot more work.

decorative diy iPad stand

My iPad fits perfectly on the stand. The lip is not deep enough to hold a cookbook unless it’s a really small one.

make an iPad stand holder from a thrifty find

The stand has an adjustable leg in the back. When I’m not using the iPad stand I lean it on the backsplash or stick it behind my canisters or trivets. The pop of color is nice.

I like working with decals. Mainly because I can’t do decorative painting. Just roll or brush paint on furniture or a wall. Check out this decal furniture project here…..Rock Star Decal Furniture Makeover Before And After

Also you might remember my star decal chairs…if not see them here…..Star Decal Chairs

make an iPad standiPad Stand

Time to see what my friends have today. I’m heading out on the tour with you. Click those pink text links below the “before” photo collage.

Thrift Store Decor Projects
Jewelry Tray Makeover – Domestically Speaking
Repurposed Lamp Necklace Holder – My Repurposed Life
Popcorn Tin Makeover – Refresh Restyle
Multi-Use Candlestick Makeover – Our Southern Home
Antique Mirror Makeover – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Repurposed Magazine Rack – Sadie Seasongoods
Decorative iPad Stand – Petticoat Junktion

Do you guys still refer to cookbooks or do you find your recipes on line? Leave me a little note before heading out on the tour. Have a great day, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. This is such a cute idea. The lemons are so pretty for the kitchen. They make me look forward to warmer weather. You are one creative chick, my friend!

  2. Did you just bring back a lot of memories from my Admin Assistant days. Those document holders were a lifesaver! Dang, wish I’d kept the one I had at home because this is a great idea. Like you I find recipes on Pinterest with my iPad. My kitchen needs one of these!

  3. Cute project Kathy. I have seen a lot of tablet holders, but not like this.

    great job!


  4. Love the lemons!! Of course, I love lemon-flavored everything, so…

    And I have definitely transitioned into following recipes online instead of books…but I can’t seem to part with my cookbooks no matter what. 😉

    Thank you for letting me join the Thrift Store Decor Team!!