Cheap tripods are available online (such as this one which comes with a remote so you can take pictures without ever touching your phone) but making your own tripod is quick, easy, and free.
In this article, I'll show you how to make a DIY phone tripod for free, using objects you can find in your own home. I used this technique to make my own tripod for capturing claymation, time lapse videos, and stop motion photos since it's vital for my camera to be completely still. Here’s how to do it in three steps:
- Find an object
- Cut object
- Weigh the object down
- (Bonus step) Use your tripod!
Step 1: Find object
Find a fairly sturdy cup-like thing you can cut with scissors. Paper or plastic works best. Coffee cups, empty yogurt containers, or takeout boxes all work well for iPhone tripods, but you can use anything similar. I used an ice cream container. Look through your recycling bin for ideas!
If you need a tripod for a tablet like an iPad, use a larger container like a milk gallon or delivery box – no matter what the device, you can make it work!
Step 2: Cut object
Use scissors to cut out wedges from your vessel. The wedges should be a bit wider than the thickness of your phone so that it sits vertically with the smartphone camera pointing towards the action. Pay attention to the angle at which your phone will sit when deciding how wide and deep your your wedges should be. Measure twice, cut once!
If it helps your phone fit in the makeshift tripod, you may consider taking off your phone case.
Step 3: Fill object
When you are happy with your wedges, add some weight to your tripod so it doesn’t tip over. You can use rocks, sand, or candy. Anything that works! You can also use tape generously to affix your tripod to the wall or instead of weights.
You can also use a rubber band to secure the phone in your tripod or help ensure that the phone doesn't slide around.
Step 4: (Bonus step) Film your video
Rest your phone in your tripod and check to ensure that the camera is pointing in the right direction. Then, press record.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial about making a quick and dirty DIY tripod using supplies you already have at home. If you're interested in other out-of-the-box content creation tips and tricks, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel. We post several videos every week on the top TikTok trends of 2021, easy DIY video editing tools, and social media growth.