Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a tutorial on how I created my overhead table top tripod for my iPhone!!
I posted this picture:
on Instagram the other day and everyone was totally amazed by it. So I decided to create a little tutorial on how I made it.
Now I have to say, I was not the creator of this idea. Sarah Shotts did a Periscope showing us how to put this overhead table top camera mount together. She got the idea from Katie.
So props to these young ladies for sharing this idea with all of us!!!
Now let get to work!!
First you will need to go to either Home Depot, Lowes or any hardwood store that sells PVC pipes.
I went to Home Depot with my dad to buy all of the materials.
We picked up:
1 10 foot piece of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
2 1/2 inch PVC Caps
3 1/2 inch PVC 90 degree Elbows (slips, on threading)
2 1/2 inch PVC Tees (slips, no threading)
1 1/4 20 x 12 bolts
15/64 Drill Bit
Now I had to cut that 10 foot pvc pipe. Home Depot lets you cut the pipe yourself.
Here are the sizes that I cut my pipes. They are based on the size of my desk:
2 11 inch pieces
2 10 inch pieces
1 13 inch piece
1 3 inch piece
After those cuts I was left with long piece, so I cut other pieces. I cut some longer pieces:
1 18inch piece
1 23 inch piece
I will use these interchangeable, depending on how high or low I want my camera to sit.
Ok, now lets put the tripod together:
Putting this together is super doper easy. The pieces just slid right into the elbows and the tees with ease. You can take it apart and travel with it as well.
Now on to assembling the actual camera mount:
I took a sharpie marker and placed a dot on the inside of the second tee.
Then I took the drill and drilled a hole where you see that red dot.
Then I screwed the screw into that drilled hole.
I bought this mini tripod from Amazon for my iphone last year but it to small so I just unscrewed the part that holes the camera.
I screwed that camera mount on to the screw and here you have it!!
Super doper easy and portable!! That is the best part!!
What do you think? Will you build one? I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by!
55 thoughts on “My Overhead Table Top Tripod”
Pure genius! Absolutely genius! thanks for posting. Xx
Awesome tutorial my friend! What a great idea.
awesome!! I want someone to do this FOR me! LOL
This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
THANK YOU for sharing this!! I need to make one of these for myself!!
Great job! I love this! I want to make one!! I have to figure out how to make the camera holder since I don’t have that tripod for iPhone (no iPhone, either).
This is brilliant! You really should sell these!! 🙂
Pretty darn amazing!
Are you kidding me? Even with the step by step, it is out of my league. However, I will feed and entertain you if you come over and build one for me.
Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I can do this on my own. it is simple and easy to make and an awesome idea 🙂 Now I make video tutorials Yay! Hugs! Gayatri
I think it is fantastic! An amazing, cheap and clever idea! I love it! 😉 Thanks a lot for sharing!
Love this idea. I want to build one, but I’ll have to figure out how to get it to hold my iPad.
This is great Kymona! Thanks for the step by step!
This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!
Absolutely brilliant! I definitely want to make one of these because I’ve been toying with the idea of starting to record videos, but don’t want to spend a bunch of money on equipment until I know whether or not I’ll enjoy it. This is a budget-friendly way for me to test the YouTube cardmaking waters. 🙂
This is awesome – thank you so much! And it feels so doable!! Hugs, Joy
WOW – so cool to see a picture of you with your dad – AND this is such a helpful post – IF I ever decide to do videos you have shared a very practical and doable way to do them!! WOW – you are just SO COOL!!!! Thanks for always being an inspiration!!
Love this idea!! What editing software do you use for videoing with your phone?
Hey Renee!! Thank you so much. I use iMovie since its on my computer already.
you should get some kind of big award for this genius idea. I have wanted to try this but didn’t want some big contraption over my craft desk. pvc pipe is so light. I have started using it for storage solutions and I just cant get enough. what a fabulous idea. i’m going to keep this and try it sometime soon. thank you so so much for sharing this with us!
Absolutely Perfect! I have been using a tripod untill now, but this is just more than Perfect ….and cheap! Thanks a bunch for this great tip 🙂
OK, so when will you be selling these?! Brilliant! You look awesome in Home Depot cutting PVC pipe…you go, girl! It was nice to see a picture of your dad — hope he is feeling good! Thanks for sharing such clear directions!
Thanks Katie!! You made it all possible!!
This rocks, Kymona! So clever and a fun outing with dad!
Thanks for sharing this tutorial!! Can I ask what the name of the holder is that you are using for your iPhone??
Hey Kimberly!! Your welcome! I used the piece from my small tripod you see in the pictures. I did research and found one on amazon that you could purchase. Remember its based on the type of phone you are using. Here is the link:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RFZTUWC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00
I hope this helps.
Thanks soooooooooo much… For the idea………really great….
Your more then welcome Mahesh!!
Just wanted to thank you for these plans. Made mine today and am so very happy. I didn’t have the tripod you did, so I bought a selfie stick for just $10 and it works like a champ!
Totally awesome Susan!! I’m so glad these plans were helpful!!
I cannot thank you enough for sharing this tutorial!….so needed!
Awesome!! You are more then welcome!!
Hahaha very smart and genuine idea. I over thought how to make myselff a 90 degree stand for my iphone to capture books and cards. But I never found as simple and as awesome as you did. So thank you and I will use your great idea to make one of it.
Thank you sooooo much. Love this idea.
how high up do you think you can go to and it still be stable? Wonder if you can remove the cord from the selfie stick so you can turn the camera/video off and on without having to stand up and accidentally move the positioning when you push the off button.
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Okay can I make one where u make your own phone holder the mount thing bc I doing want to buy one the break it just to make something else’s that’s dumb
Hey Walrus, you don’t have to make a phone holder or buy one to break it. They sell the piece separate. I used this one from amazon: http://amzn.to/2nJMArW
Perfect!! Thank you for posting this, I needed something easy and portable!
Awesome, I’m so glad this post was helpful.
Over at Ace Hardware testing this creative idea myself for my old Samsung Zoom 4! Thanks!
Totally awesome! How did it work out for you at Ace Hardware?
You are brilliant! Some people think, some people whine, some people DO! You did it! Thank you for sharing how.
Just what i needed !
A huge brazillian thanks 😉
Exactly what I was looking for. Perfect! Thanks for sharing.
You are more then welcome!!!
So awesome! Thank for sharing this.. I bought all the materials, very worth it. Can’t wait to put them together..
Hello Marida!! Awesome, I’m glad I could help.
This is so CLEVER!! I am going to Home Depot asap to start my own stand. Thank you so much for sharing. Great idea 😊
This is absolutely fantastic! I can’t wait to make one soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You are more than welcome. Thank you. You will love it.
This is awesome! Do you have any precut that I can purchase and assemble?
Hello Cleatress! Thank you so much. No, I do not have any precut pieces to sell.