[ DIY: tangle-free headphones ]

Not only can you spruce up and customize a boring pair of headphones, you can also prevent them from ever getting tangled!

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What you need:

  • Headphones
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scotch tape
  • Super glue

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Firstly, don’t bother cutting the embroidery floss into any specific length….you really need A LOT of it (for my iPhone headphones, I used an entire bundle each of gold, silver and black thread), and it’s hard to estimate how much. You can cut it later if you have extra, which is a lot easier to do than trying to add more thread. You can use as many colors of thread as you want, or even just one single color.

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Start by tying your embroidery floss onto the end of your headphone cable. At this point, tie only the threads you want for the first portion of the cable (until it splits). The two split portions will be done separately. Tape it onto a table top or something similar to secure it in place while you tie the knots (this is a pretty lengthy process). Start tying a chinese staircase knot (instructions found here) with one of the threads. If you’re using more than one color, you need to keep your extra threads and headphone cable together, and tie the knot around both of them.

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Keep tying the knots (they should create a spiral shape around your headphone cable), until you want to switch the color. Follow the same process to tie knots using the other color. Once you reach the point where the headphones split, cut your threads as close to the knot as possible, and glue the ends of the thread down to keep it from ubravelling. Repeat this whole process on each of the two split portions of cable. 

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I also colored the ear buds with a gold marker to give them a bit more bling!

 Happy Crafting!

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