iPad Display – DIY

Hey friends!

Happy Wednesday!  How many of you cook recipes off your iPad like me??  I always have mine when I am cooking in the kitchen, and I was always having to lean it up against the candy jar or coffee maker which led me to create this little guy…

DIY iPad Stand

It’s my iPad display!  It also doubles as a chalkboard when it isn’t holding my iPad for me…

iPad Holder DIY

This is SO simple to make!

Let’s make an iPad display!

This is a PERFECT beginner’s woodworking project!  I had mine made during 1 naptime… Start to finish!  Here is the wood you will need…

Wood for iPad Display

I used all whitewood or pine for my boards… They are the cheapest!  You can buy these in 4′ pieces and that gives you enough wood to make 4 of these displays.  It also makes each display cost under $3!  You can make the other 3 as gifts for friends and teachers, or you can have your friends make one with you.

You will want all of your boards cut to 10″ pieces.  Home Depot has a hand saw you can use in the store.  You can also use a simple hand saw like this one…

Or… For those of you that are ready to make LOTS of Shanty projects, Ryobi has a great compound miter saw that doesn’t break the bank a bit!

Ryobi Compound Miter Saw

Now… Once your wood is cut you attach it very simply just like this!

How to make an iPad display

Before finishing mine, I decided to sand my corners and edges a bit.  I love the finished look this gives just about anything.  All of you need to get a Ryobi Corner Cat.  This little guy is the bomb.  It has become the only tool I sand with.  It’s lightweight, easy to use and again… So cheap!

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

Once that was done, I gave the whole display a coat of my very fav…

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

You can find it at Lowe’s!

After the stain dried (in under an hour baby) I taped a square off like this…

Painters Tape for Chalkboard

Now spray that square with 1-2 coats of this stuff…

Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint s2c

Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Spray Paint

Once that dries you are set!

Here is mine in my kitchen…

Wood iPad Display

I can set it just about anywhere I need it…

ipad stand diy

Wood iPad Display DIY

iPad Display at

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DIY iPad Stand

DIY Wood iPad Stand

iPad Display DIY Wood

Hope you guys love it!  I have already put mine to use quite a bit!  Oh… And did I mention you can make these for $3 a piece?  Yah. That makes me love it even more!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this and PIN it below.

Have an awesome Wednesday!  Thanks again!



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  4. Ryan Chapman on March 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    What is the easiest way to get a 3/8″ x 2″ x 10″ board? Like someone else mentioned, the board we buy for this project is 1″ thick. What tools to use or do you buy a separate piece?

    • peggy on September 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      a 5 gallon paint stick cut to length should do the trick…….

    • peggy on September 28, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      You are actually buying 3 boards: a 1″ x 10″(the back), a 3/8″ x 2″(the front), and a 1″ x 2″(the bottom)

  5. Mary Candice on April 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Maybe a silly question here but where did you find a board 3/8″ x 2″? Is this in the lumber or is this trim work? I have checked HD’s site and see nothing. 3/8″ is the thickness, correct? Is this the actual thickness or the measured thickness?

    Thank you so much for any insight you can give me.

    • De on September 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

      You’ve probably figured it out by now, but I think 3/8″ may be a plywood size, so she may have used plywood scraps for that. A 1×2 should work too, just be chunkier.

    • peggy on September 28, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      search for a lath….no “e” as in lathe

      • peggy on September 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

        also, paint stirrer sticks should work

  6. Laura Nygaard on April 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love your stand. I mentioned it on my blog!

    Check it out here:


  7. Ericka on April 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing idea!! Finally got the hubby to walk/guide me trough Home Depot and Lowe’s. I was as excited as when im at a MAC Makeup Store! IM currently working on this project as well as the Bathroom Towel Hooks.. Thank you!

  8. Megan on March 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I would love to give this a try, but I am a complete newbie and have an iPad mini. How would I need to change up the dimensions? Thanks!

  9. cleverlyinspired on March 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This is genius! I’m going to make one for sure!

  10. erin on March 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Yay for rustoleum! Great idea for the spray chalkboard paint!

  11. Wendy Tureson Smullin on March 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    This is another fantastic idea!!! I love the simplicity and functionality, not to mention it is so cute!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Thank you so much Wendy! I appreciate it! 🙂

  12. TammySue Davis on March 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Now this………LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

      So glad! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  13. kelle mccarthy on March 13, 2013 at 7:22 am

    You could also modify this slightly to double as a recipe book holder. Maybe make the ledge slightly deeper? Thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Good thinking Kelle! Send me a pic if you get one done!

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