DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder

I kind of love it when I get to make a DIY that is for ME and that I need to use on nearly a daily basis.  My babies and freelance work take up most of my time (and I am NOT complaining!) it just feels great to do something I love for me (Am I right, Moms?)
I desperately needed an iPad holder in my kitchen- great for recipes, but really, my kitchen is also for dancing.  iPad holder = totally necessary.


I promise you this is SO easy.  It took me longer to write down all these directions then to actually make the iPad holder.  Especially because I did not know all the terms for the pieces and had to bug my husband for the names.  I really should have written it down when I was at Home Depot! I never claimed to be a DIY expert- I am a “I see things that I think would fit and get incredibly lucky that it works expert” Details like the name “street elbow pipe fitting” are brushed to the side…
1/2 inch Copper pipe (I purchased 5 feet, which was the smallest length available) 
All to fit 1/2 inch piping- 
Glue  (I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced because it was what my contractor recommended (we are remodeling) It worked awesome!)**
*All can be found in the plumbing section at your home improvement store!
**You can solder the pieces together (which is what my contractor said to do!), however, I keep things simple around here, so glue it was!
The copper pipe materials were only about $16, since I had a pipe cutter and the glue already it made for a very inexpensive iPad holder!  If you need a pipe cutter, they run about $15.
1. Make your cuts.  My measurements are based on the 3rd generation iPad but I checked the specs on the iPads and it would work with any iPad (except the mini, because, well, that is mini…)
Have you ever used a pipe cutter?  This was my first time, all you do is twist until the pipe is cut- it is SO easy! (Clearly, I am easily entertained by new diy tools 😉
Update: How To Clean Copper! My iPad holder gets particularly grimy because I keep it in the kitchen, I googled and tested a couple remedies for cleaning and the shiny is brought back by- cutting a lemon in half- sprinkle the exposed side of a lemon with some salt and rub it all over. Then wipe clean with a cloth. Gets SO shiny (if you let the copper get really dirty (I usually do cuz I forget about it…) it will take more scrubbing though!) . I also tried ketchup (another method I read about) but it didnt work for me.
1- 8 inch
2- 4 inch
2- 6 inch
2- 1 inch
Step One:  Glue the 8 inch and 6 inch pieces to the street elbows:
Step Two: Glue the tees to the bottom of the 6 inch pieces.
Step 3: Glue the 4 inch and 1 inch pieces to the tee.
Step 4: Glue the street elbows to the end of the 4 inch pieces.
Step 5: Glue pipe caps to each exposed pipe. (front and back)
And the final product:

I included this real life shot, as my husband was feeding little Colette while I worked and I did not notice her adorable chubby thigh was in picture til later.


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  1. Sabine says:

    Would this also be stable enough for cookbooks?
    Thank you

  2. Hi Sabine!

    It would work for smaller cookbooks!

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  4. David Baker says:

    Ive just made this for my wife for her birthday. thanks for sharing this!

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