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DIY & Low Cost Tripods

The video below illustrates 3 methods and techniques to building inexpensive tripods for a smartphone.

The Counter Card

DIY Time: ~2 minutes

You will need:

  • 1 plastic business card
  • A pen or marker
  • Scissors

Note: This stand works best with smaller phones.

The Sip 'N Stand

DIY Time: ~5 minutes

You will need:

  • Disposable coffee cup (medium or "grande" size is ideal)
  • Scissors

Note: This stand is the most stable for larger phones.

Bored In The Office

DIY Time: ~5 minutes

You will need:

  • 2 large binder clips
  • 2 small binder clips

Note: Phones can be placed horizontally on the stand for a landscape shot.

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It is the purchaser's responsibility to confirm the compatibility of these tools with his or her device before purchase.