It is back to school time for most of us and I thought I would show you a handy little project to organize your headphones. Our school has these on the supply list for computer lab and we also use these frequently for travel. In fact they were incredibly handy just last week when we travelled cross country with our little ones.
This little project keeps the cords tangle free and organized and easily identifies which set of ear buds belongs to each person. Very handy if you have kids. At our school there is a large Ziploc bag for all the earbuds for the class and this little thing is perfect to keep my children’s headphones safe and secure.
Even better, the kids can actually make these themselves in any color or design. I prefer a circle shape because it slides into a pocket or bag easily but you can also do a square or my daughter actually made a Seahawks shape for her Dad.
So here goes- I did two simple circles for our headphone holder- a rainbow pattern and a ladybug. Again you can do any colors or any design that you like.
So here is the simple rainbow design:
I started with a center bead and wrapped five circles around that center bead to create a circle that is 2 inches wide.
After I did the complete circle, I went back and removed three beads on each side. This creates little slats to tuck in the ends of the headphones.
You can go ahead and iron your beads at this point, just don’t iron them too much. You want to keep the design a bit thicker not completely flat.
I did the reverse side next and just did the same rainbow but in the opposite direction (starting with pink on the inside and purple as the last layer.) For the back side you also want to remove the beads to create the little slit for the ends of the cord.
Now for the last step which is to make (2) smaller circles for the inside. this doesn’t need to be exact- my circle wound up being 5 beads across the widest point. You want smaller circles on the inside as those will serve as the spool to wind your cords around. You will want to make two identical circles so the spool is thick enough to hold the entire length of the headphones. Go ahead and iron both of your inner circles just to the point of fusing together. You want these nice and thick- not flat.
Now grab your favorite glue or your hot glue gun and let’s assemble this guy! First I glued the inner pieces together. Next a top layer and finally the bottom circle. I placed a heavy book on top to be sure the holder dried nice and flat.
Here is the finished product:
And now you are all done! Just wind the cord around your spool- I placed the end piece on one of the slots and then wind, wind, wind away. If you have normal earbuds they fit perfectly. If you have the earbuds with the built in speaker that come from Apple products, your straight section of the headphones where the speaker is won’t fit perfectly (but good enough.)
And now you are all set for your next trip or for school with neat and tidy and easily accessible earbuds.
PS: If you are curious here is the ladybug design for my second set- sorry I was doing this project pretty late at night so the photo is not the best.
And the final product- as held by my very tiny 7 year old to give you an idea of scale:
Here are a few things that might come in handy for this project:
And a few other ideas you might like:
Perler Bead coasters (the watermelon would be perfect for this project too!)
Perler Bead Rainbow Keychain (cute for backpacks!)