DIY Tablet Stand From a Paper Towel Roll Tube

by Lindsey
3 Materials
30 Minutes

Paper towel roll projects are the best aren’t they? Not only are they free, but you get to repurpose something that is just going to waste anyway. I’m sharing a fun DIY tablet stand from a paper towel roll tube. This repurposed paper towel roll craft that is actually pretty darn useful.

I’ll be honest, this isn’t the prettiest DIY. I guess you could make it look good, but at the end of the day a paper towel roll is a paper towel roll no matter how much you disguise it.

Now that you aren’t expecting anything too eye catching, I’m ready share this fun and useful project.

DIY Tablet Stand from a Paper Towel Roll TubeSupplies:

  • Paper towel tubes
  • Scissors
  • Decorating materials (I used peel and stick contact paper)
  • Pencil or pen

Making this tablet stand from a paper towel tube is super easy. Side note; this is a great project to give your pre teens. Kids are motivated by anything having to do with technology right?

Once I measured how much contact paper I needed to cut, I wrapped the paper towel tube in it.

Lay your tablet near the paper towel tube and put marks where you need to cut.

As you can see, I didn’t do any fancy measuring or precise cuts.

Make sure the tablet fits well after you cut the paper towel tube.

Because the paper towel roll won’t support the tablet on its own, you need to create a “support system.”

I’ve done this by cutting another hole to place another paper towel tube for support.

Now we know the paper towel tube won’t roll and fall over!

Now that we’ve created a stand for a horizontal tablet, it’s time to make cuts to create a vertical tablet stand.

Using the same paper towel rolls, follow the same steps as you did for the horizontal stand.

Now you have an interchangeable vertical or horizontal tablet stand!

If you are interested in paper towel roll crafts and toilet paper roll crafts, I’ve got loads of them on my other site Crafting with Kids.

Thanks for watching friends. What fun upcycle crafts are you going to do today?

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  • Mary Mary on May 19, 2021

    Could you have simply used the two tubes with a spacer between, the thickness of the iPad. Then simply pop the iPad into that?

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Apr 30, 2022

    Could you cut the back leg in half and attach it twice? I think the long support behind the tablet would get banged around too much on my counter.

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  • Margaret Howard Margaret Howard on May 05, 2021

    This is a great idea! The cardboard roller that comes inside of a plastic wrap is quite a bit thicker & stronger & I think it could hold the iPad easily. These cardboard tubes are also good for hiding cords, just paint them with desired paint. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Char Char on May 15, 2021

    Love this. Gonna make one for my phone for when I'm cooking so I can stand it up and see the recipes! Thanks for sharing 🙂