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Make a Cell Phone Holder from a Lotion Bottle

Not sure where to put your phone while it’s charging? Make a cell phone holder from a lotion bottle using Mod Podge, and keep it near the plug.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’re going to be cutting a lotion bottle and Mod Podging fabric on it. I recommend having prior experience with Mod Podge since you’ll be going around curves.

Make a Cell Phone Holder from a Lotion Bottle

My friend Ashley from Make It Love It is a genius – she used a lotion bottle to make a cell phone holder. And it’s not ugly! I never would have thought of this recycled craft idea, but I think it’s really, really smart.

With a little Mod Podge Matte and fabric, she got her devices up off the floor . . . while the rest of us trip over cords or suck them into the vacuum (I don’t know anyone who has done that, ahem).

You’re probably wonder how she gets the fabric to stick to the plastic, and I highly recommend having a piece of sandpaper for that. Keying up the surface will help the Mod Podge adhere.

It’s really cute, and coordinates smashingly with her white iPhone. Make a visit to her blog to see the step-by-step tutorial.

Holder for charging cell phone at Make It Love It

Yield: 1 holder

DIY Cell Phone Holder

Not sure where to put your phone while it's charging? Make a cell phone holder from a lotion bottle using Mod Podge, and keep it near the plug.

Learn how to make a cell phone holder out of a lotion bottle, and decorate with Mod Podge and fabric.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • Lotion bottle
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fabric
  • Box cutter or kitchen scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • White spray primer (optional)


  • Pen
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors


  1. Wash and rinse your bottle and let dry.
  2. Trace the shape of the holder on the top half of the bottle with a pen. Draw straight across the front and then curve upwards around the back.
  3. Cut off the top of the bottom using a box cutter or kitchen scissors. Smooth the rough edges with sandpaper.
  4. Sand the bottle to rough up the surface. If the bottle isn't white, spray paint the outside with spray primer.
  5. Cut a piece of fabric that is large enough to wrap around the phone holder and an inch or two taller on the top and bottom.
  6. Turn the holder to the front and apply a medium layer of Mod Podge with the brush.
  7. Place the fabric on top, centering, and smooth down.
  8. Apply more Mod Podge around the side of the bottle and continue to lay the fabric down right against it, pulling tightly as you wrap.
  9. When you get to the back, overlap the fabric edges. Smooth the fabric all the way around the bottle. Then cut a straight line up the back of the container, trimming off the excess fabric.
  10. Trim around the entire bottle, cutting off the fabric close to the edge. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge over all of the fabric. Seal around all edges of fabric with the Mod Podge, ensuring that the fabric won’t peel off.
  11. Cut a shape of fabric to fit the bottom of the bottle. Place a layer of Mod Podge on the bottom and place the fabric shape down. Apply another coat of Mod Podge. 
  12. Set the bottle upside down on a bottle so so that it can dry without touching anything.
  13. Once it’s dry, use a box cutter/craft knife to cut out the opening. You may need to apply more Mod Podge around the opening and allow to dry again.
  14. Use your blade to trim all the way around the bottle, trimming off any dried fabric, strings, or Mod Podge.

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Monday 23rd of January 2012

i have totally made this using her tutorial! she rocks! i recruited my students who had little baby sisters or brothers to bring in their old lotion/shampoo bottles for me. i have plenty more to make for gifts for others!


Monday 23rd of January 2012

That's amazing! What a great idea to recycle those containers.


Monday 23rd of January 2012

Very creative!!


Monday 23rd of January 2012

Oh yah, I have checked this before..Lovely! she is awesome :)

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