Extension cords are, well, pretty universally ugly. Making them more attractive is also a tough job, because of the electricity involved, which could lead to a fire hazard. Enter rope...specifically, firesafe rope.
The first image above is actually a $370 extension cord from designer Thomas Eyck. While it's truly one of the most beautiful extension cords I've ever seen, that kind of price tag just isn't in my budget, so I've gathered some DIYs from the best.
The Vow's Version:
This design from The Vow is really simple and easy to understand. DIY'er Colie Parks used 200 feet of medium weight jute rope to wrap the cord from one end to the other in a simple stacking pattern. She used a glue gun to tie up each end. You can see the full DIY on her blog.
The lovely folks at Design*Sponge used a heavyweight yarn in multiple colors, which you could easily find in a rope version, to wrap several extension cords and then braided them together for a cool gathered effect. An extra bonus to this version is that it creates a really beautiful way to keep your cords bundled without creating a jumbled mess. The full DIY for this project can be found here.
If you don't want to spend the next three weeks wrapping an extension cord, you could always buy one from Timberson, an Etsy shop specializing in beautifying vintage cords with similar wrapping effects. The gray version pictured is $28.
Before you go, here are a couple safety notes if you decide to take on this project:
- Be careful when cutting your rope or yarn so you don't accidentally cut through the plastic covering on the cord.
- If you do cut through the plastic cord covering, NEVER EVER use that cord.
- Also, never cover the input with any materials.
(Images: as listed above)