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DIY Technology Coop

Are you familiar with Chick-fil-A's Family Challenge Cell Phone Coops? They were created to make mealtime more memorable, they’re great at getting families engaged during dinner. Cell Phone Coops are the perfect place to hold your phone while you eat. As a member of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel, we were challenged to make our own coop. I made a Technology Coop because my family often comes to the dinner table with tablets as well as phones. We needed something a little bigger to fit them all in!



  • Plastic box
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper and pencil
  • Sentiment sticker


shaded paper

Using the scrap paper and pencil, place them on the top of the box and rub the paper with the pencil to find the design. This will be your pattern.


Cut out the design and make sure it fits the box.

cut paper

Using the template pieces, use them to cut out the shapes from your Scrapbooking designed papers. I started with a variety of patterns that coordinated but in the end chose to use just one piece of Scrapbooking paper for the box. Once again, make sure these pieces fit your box. 

mod podge

Using Mod Podge, apply it to the surface of the box, place your piece of paper on top and then cover it with  Mod Podge too. Pay special attention to the edges of the paper so that they are sealed. I use my finger to apply the Mod Podge, but a paint brush would work just as well. (I don't mind getting messy!)

glued pieces

Once all the pieces of your design are applied, allow the Mod Podge to dry completely. At this point, you can use a wet paper towel to clean up any Mod Podge that got on the box where it isn't needed. 


I had these sentiment stickers from Heidi Swapp sitting on my work table. I found this hello sticker to be a little tongue in cheek since the reason for the Technology Coop was to get the family talking. 

paint pen

I was done with the project, but I saw my gold Painters pen and thought, hey! why not paint the edge of the box. So I did. 


Two phones and a tablet with room for more. I call that a success! 

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This is a really cute idea, but I don't remember these at Chick-Fil-A. Not sure how I missed them!

This is such a great little idea. I used to have a small camera bag style container with all my wires in it, but having something for the phones and tablet to go into seems just easier!

Thanks so much for posting this on Turn It Up Tuesday for me to find!

This is such a simple and creative idea. I've got a few of these boxes laying around from last year's school supply list. I might just have to give it a try.
Thank you!



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