DIY Tangle-Free Headphones with Embroidery Floss

published Dec 5, 2011
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In our post about The Science Behind Earbud Tangles, we showed you that making cords thicker is one of four ways to keep wires from knotting up in your pocket or purse. So we’re not surprised to see that one Pinterest user figured out that a super-easy string-knotting technique keeps her ‘buds from bunching up.

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Sick of seeing tangled earbuds? Us too. Thankfully wire-wrapped nirvana is only a few threads away.

Pinterest user Ada(: took to the virtual pinboard site to show off her embroidery-floss wrapped Apple headphones. This technique not only makes her headphones more colorful, but it also cuts down on tangles.

It’s a technique from the grade-school days of knotting up friendship bracelets. This particular knot is known as the Chinese Staircase. Even if you’re not a fan of the colorful look Ada(: went for, we thin this would look great with solid black thread—you can pick up embroidery floss in nearly every color and hue from your local arts & crafts store.

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These instructions from WikiHow will teach you how to make a Chinese Staircase bracelet. It’s easy enough to figure out—if you can tie a basic knot, you can tackle this project without problems.

It’s recommended that you have enough string to cover three times the length you want to wrap, so measure your headphones’ cords (don’t forget both earbuds!) to get an accurate measure. For instance, standard Apple earbuds have around 65 inches of cord, so you’ll want at least 5½ yards of string to get ’em covered.

Ada(: at Pinterest said it took her a day to finish the project. She also recommends coating the ends of the string with a little clear nail polish to ward off fraying.

(Images: Pinterest user Ada(:, Solving the Earbud Tangle the Easy Way, Keep in the Sun)