In Handy Tips, we find ways to improve your life and make it easier and explain why these tips work. Today, we will tell you how to make a car phone holder using only an elastic band, a pen, and 10 seconds of your time.

Video blogger Dave Hax offers a quick and cheap way to make a car phone holder out of a regular elastic band. In his video, Dave very delicately assumes that you are not greedy and can afford to buy a proper phone holder in a car accessories store, but he also gives a hint on how to make one yourself in case life takes you by surprise.

Here’s a step-by-step guide in pictures:

  1. Choose an elastic band to attach it to your air vent.
Choose an elastic band
  1. Thread the elastic band through the top of your air vent.
Thread it through the top of an air vent
  1. To pull the elastic band through the bottom of the air vent, use a pen or anything that can pass between the air vent’s bars.
Pull it through the bottom of an air vent with a pen
  1. The gadget is almost ready. Take your phone and slide it through the loops to hold in place.
Slide your phone through the loops
  1. Voila! The elastic band does not even cover the screen entirely, so you can easily see everything. Anyway, if you have an old smartphone model.
A smartphone in a phone holder made of an elastic band
  1. Don't worry, the free wonder gadget works for left-hand drive cars, too.
A smartphone in a phone holder made of an elastic band view from the side

If you want to watch some more life hacks from Dave and listen to his magnificent British accent, check out the video below: