How to Turn a Paper Coffee Cup Into a Smartphone Mount

Last Updated Feb 21, 2011 4:56 PM EST

Someday, car manufacturers will figure out that all vehicles need built-in phone mounts. Until then, we have to rely on cobbled-together solutions, like the $2 phone/GPS mount Dave wrote about last year or the DIY dashboard mount.

Both of those require some special gear and probably a trip to the hardware store. If you're looking for something quicker, easier, and cheaper, check out the coffee-cup smartphone holder. It requires nothing more than your leftover cafe-mocha cup (preferably rinsed out), a rubber band, a marker, and a pair of scissors. Take a look (and skip to around the 1:30 mark if you want to avoid the annoying, overlong introduction):


Not too shabby, eh? Well, okay, maybe a little shabby (looking), but I can see this coming in really handy at certain times -- like, say, when you're driving a rental car and need to keep your smartphone docked somewhere for GPS navigation.

What do you think? Clever DIY solution, or too homemade-looking to take seriously? While you're pondering that, check out these other crafty items:
[via Lifehacker]
  • Rick Broida On Twitter»

    Rick Broida, a technology writer for more than 20 years, is the author of more than a dozen books. In addition to writing CNET's The Cheapskate blog, he contributes to CNET's iPhone Atlas.

Comments

Market Data

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Market News

Stock Watchlist