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Cord control: Personalize & protect with 2 easy DIY updates

Posted by Melissa Massello  August 29, 2013 04:00 PM

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washi-tape-embroidery-floss-cords-2.jpg Tangled headphones, frayed cords, misplaced chargers... our plugged-in lives come with cord-related setbacks. Using two popular DIY staples, you can add some pizzazz to your plugs, so you'll never accidentally steal your roommate's charger again.

In addition to personalizing, the extra layers of floss and tape will help prevent knotting and fraying of your cords. Added bonus!

Option #1: Embroidery Floss
Best for: Thin cords like USB chargers or headphones

What you'll need:
• 2 to 4 colors of embroidery floss
• Scissors

Measure out 4 strands of embroidery floss that are each three times as long as the cord (not including the port ends). Collect the strands and knot them together at one end. Using the basic knotting technique, knot an equal amount of each color around the cord (and the loose ends of your starting knot). I recommend 10 to 30 knots per color. Continue until the length is covered. Tie to finish.

Option #2: Washi Tape
Best for: Thicker cords or power pack chargers

What you'll need:
• A selection of washi (Japanese paper tape)
• Scissors

Cut sections of washi tape, and start wrapping, in alternating stripes, around your cord (for a clean cut, use scissors instead of tearing). Avoid covering any moving parts or ports! If your cord has thinner sections to it, make sure to stock up on plenty of traditional papery washi tape. The thicker, glossier type (like those made by Martha Stewart) don't bend as well, wrap as tightly, or stay as easily. They will work fine on the bulkier sections of your cord, though.


Have you DIYed any personalized tech? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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