iPhone cases come in a wide variety of styles and prices, but for next to nothing you can put together your own handmade creation. All you need are some common household items and about ten minutes. So, if you've ever fancied making a personalised home for your iPhone, let us show you how to it's done.

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How to make a cheap iPhone stand: What you'll need

For this little DIY project all you'll need are the cardboard tube from a toilet roll, some wrapping paper, a sharp knife, sticky tape, scissors, some pins, and a ruler. Oh yes, and your phone.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

How to make a cheap iPhone stand: Building the stand

First up take the toilet roll tube and decorate it with the wrapping paper. You could also use tape, marker pens, or leave it in its natural state if aesthetics aren't your thing.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

Next you'll need to measure your phone to see how wide and deep a gap you'll need to make to fit it into the roll.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

Mark out the area on the roll that you need to cut out. You'll want it to be as near the centre as possible so that the stand is balanced.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

With that done it's time to take your sharp knife and get cutting. This can be fiddly so be careful not to hurt yourself.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

If all goes well you'll have a slot that will snugly hold onto your iPhone.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

The last bit of construction is to fit pins to the front and back of the roll. These will act as stabilising legs that keep your phone upright. Just be sure to place the pins near the ends of the roll so that they don't scratch the display.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

That's it. You're all done. Now just pop your phone in the slot and admire your creation.

How to make a cheap iPhone stand

Of course with a little more time and finesse you can turn a quick project like this into something far more artistic, especially if you use washi tape, markers, or anything else that takes your fancy.