Whoa, dude. Yep, analog and digital just got married and created a baby that combines the best of both worlds. Err, um, I mean: Learn how to make your own phone dock from of a vintage camera!
I sorta have a problem with reading the wish lists and gift guides of my fellow design and DIY bloggers. I can't help it; I love getting a peak into the real lives or my peers, as well as the opportunity to learn about cool new stuff.
This year, I kept noticing one item pop up in lots of lists: the Enchanted Forest iPhone Dock from Anthropologie. It's a fun nature-meets-technology way to stand and display your iPod or iPhone. It's awesome, but at $100, it's a lot to pay for something that doesn't have speakers, a clock, or even a way to plug it into the wall. Of course, the fact that it's 100% wood and doesn't sport any fancy electronics means something else:
It's easy to make one at home.
If you've got a drill, some sort of saw, and a spare iPod USB cable, you can whip one up in an hour or two for absolutely free! I'm pretty sure this is the world's best Christmas gift for iPhone owners, especially cause it's handmade! I'm giving mine to my sweetheart (she's been banned from ManMade and all its networks until Christmas morning).
In the days of streaming Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and the ability to watch feature films on your mobile phone, your computer's CD and DVD drive doesn't get as much play as it used to. But you certainly WILL still use it, so you don't want to ax it altogether.
This how-to by Tim Schiesser combines the best of both worlds - he's created an iPod dock that sits in your computer's rarely used CD/DVD tray, but is easily removable for when the time comes.
Tim says: "I noticed recently that my DVD drive wasn’t getting much love, but my iPod Nano was getting loads of use and needs charging all the time. An idea came to me suddenly one day that I