DIY Family Charging Station

Conquer cord chaos with a DIY Charging Station made from an old shoebox!

Shoebox covered with Pioneer Woman contact paper from Walmartused as a charging station

I never met a box I didn't like and I try to reuse them whenever possible for storage (remember my pantry makeover?) and for wrapping gifts (save those cereal boxes!).

Charging Cords plugged in to a surge protector in a DIY Charging Station

I also love things being nice and tidy and that includes all of my family's charging cables and cords and we have a LOT of them.

My sons tend to keep theirs in their rooms but my husband and I keep ours out in the kitchen. I cannot handle the sight of random cords, though it doesn't seem to bother my husband one bit 🙄.

Orange Nike Shoebox

Since I wanted a reasonable and cheap way to wrangle the mess, I thought this DIY Family Charging Station would be the perfect answer to the problem (I had a shoebox I couldn't part with), plus, it's a great thrifty style team DIY and today is the 2021 kickoff of Thrifty, it's a great fit!

After you check out this simple DIY, be sure to check out the shares from the other team members at the bottom of this post.

How to Make a Family Charging Station

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Supplies needed to make a Charging Station from a Shoebox



Contact paper - I bought a roll of Pioneer Woman Flea Market Floral from Walmart

Power strip (to fit inside shoebox)

Labels/Label maker

Exacto knife


Collage of first six steps in progress to make a DIY Charging Station from a shoebox
  1. Measure out enough contact paper to cover the shoebox.
  2. Start with the lip of the lid tucking a small amount of contact paper under the lip removing the backing a LITTLE at a time.
  3. Keep working your way around the box doing a little at a time....
  4. Smothing out the paper as you go.

5 - 8. This entire process is similar to wrapping a gift. Cover the shoebox with contact paper leaving the sides for last.

9 - 10. Once you've covered the entire box tuck a small amount over the front of the box tacking it down inside.

11-12. This is the part that reminded me of wrapping a gift.

13-16. My side cuts were not quite equal but when the lid of the shoebox is closed it covers up any imperfections.

Now, on to cutting the hole for the surge protector.

Place the surge protector in the box with the plug portion toward the back of the box. Mark an area on the back large enough for the plug to exit the box easily.

Cut a hole on the back of the box using an Exacto knife leaving the bottom of the square hole intact (think of it as a trap door).

Next, We'll Cut Holes on the Front of the Shoebox for Our Charging Cables

1-2. Gather your charging cables and mark the opening for each charger hole. I drew slits in five equal intervals on the front of the box and then used the Exacto to cut small oblong holes for each charger cable to exit the inside of the box.

3-5. To keep things in order I used a label maker to print out a name for each charger and placed the labels above the corresponding openings.

Overhead view of inside of DIY shoebox charging station with cords and Samsung Smartphone and tablet attached and charging.

Attach and charge your tech as needed!

Shoebox with labels and slots for smartphone charging cords

So simple and I LOVE how this turned out.

I may make one for each of my sons to keep in their rooms but to be honest, it would probably end up under their beds or they'd step on them and smash them....they do stuff like that. It's in their nature. 🤣

Now, for the rest of the team's amazing thrifty style shares!

11 Thrifty and Clever Home Projects including a Shoebox Charging Station

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  1. Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod says:

    Mary Beth - this is a genius idea! We too hate cord clutter, and this is a perfect solution. Also, that contact paper is beautiful. We had no idea that Pioneer Woman had branched out into paper products!

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I can't stand cord clutter! This is a great way to corral those pesky cords and I love that you made it look pretty.

  3. Lora Bloomquist says:

    So smart! Great idea to keep all those cords out of sight.

  4. What a fantastic idea Mary Beth, the paper you used is so cute! I hate the sight of cords too! Sadly, I just got rid of the perfect box for this project 🙄 Guess I'll have to go shoe shopping!! 😃

  5. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    This is such a clever way to hide those pesky cords! It's so cute too!

  6. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says:

    I can't express with words how much I love this Mary Beth! My hubs and I are electronic gadget junkies and we always have a piled tangle of cords. Does this cord go to that device? Who knows? Now we will! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this genius idea!

  7. Kelly Radcliff says:

    Mary Beth this was such a good idea! So simple and I have it all on hand!

  8. Such a smart and creative idea, Mary Beth! I know a few families that REALLY need this.
    It would also make an awesome gift idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Jane Windham says:

    Mary Beth, I am late visiting but I'm so glad I popped in to see your project. I have an ugly power strip beside my chair with all kinds of cords plugged in. I had been wondering what I could do and you have solved my problem! The next shoebox that I get I'm going to make one of these! Thanks for the great tutorial!