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A simple instructable on how to make your headphones quite snazzy. This is my first instructable. Enjoy.

WARNING: The Sharpie will wear off onto your clothes or ears if it rubs too much. I'd recommend something more permanent like paint. The sharpie is a good way to "preview", if you will. MODIFYING YOUR HEADPHONES OR ANY OTHER PART OFF YOUR IPOD WILL VOID THE WARRANTY, CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you spray paint, be sure to cover up the speaker and maybe the little holes, just to be careful. That is all.
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Step 1: Materials

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Materials: Sharpie or Paint Markers, Ipod Headphones,Paper or Cardboard, Patience

I would recomend the paint markers or those super duper permanent markers. The sharpies fade and smudge on plastic

Step 2: Preperation

Get a peice of paper or cardboard and layout your materials. You don't want marker all over your table, or pants, or whatever. Make sure your in a well ventalted area. I did mine in the car, it was hell.

Step 3: Design

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Now you can take a picture of your headphones and edit the color of them in photoshop, or draw them out on a peice of paper and color them to see how it'll look. I drew mine, terribly. Be creative, if you have a steady hand go ahead and put a little design on it.

Step 4: Color!

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Go ahead and color your earbud. Use a thin marker where you want to change colors and in the little crevaces of the earbud. Remember to let it dry a section at a time. I waited about 3-5 minutes between colors, just to make sure. You can also add more coats if your marker is opaque.

Step 5: Take a break

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Inhaling all those fumes makes you sick, and nobody likes being sick. Go bask in your half finished glory, listen to some Led Zeppelin and take a nap.
lilsmurf5 years ago
excuse me but wouldn't the sharpie come off in your ear.this is a sort of a health hazard
Led Zeppelin rocks the house.
xxx k5505 years ago
Likes your instructable you might try to take better pictures next time.
Look at mine
Kenta-Rin5 years ago
Would acrylic paint work?
I need to get the sharpie off my headphones now; I tried to wipe it off, but the color was still there, water wouldn't do anything, when I tried nail polish, it turned my red sharpie green and yellow. now it looks like it has barf on it. How do you get the sharpie off?
You could always try white spirit. That would do the job.
Rubbing alcohol.
frediojoe6 years ago
if you sleep with them on it smears a lot
zamirii7 years ago
something that works well is nail polish -- comes in all sorts of wild colors now and of course comes with it's own brush. easy to get a hold of --
Pie_eata7 years ago
why would you color ipod head phones I <3 the sectcy white
Deus7 years ago
this looks really crappy, if you just disassemble them, then spraypaint and glue it back together
joemonkey7 years ago
did u take the pics in a moving car?
F-zero (author)  joemonkey7 years ago
Yes, colored them in it too.
F-zero (author) 7 years ago
Well yes the sharpie will wear off, its just a little temporary thing until I get paint. Just try not to chew on your headphones, I don't think it'd be good for you. If anything, I'd say paint markers would last longer than sharpie, and there is always that uber permanent house paint. I'll include this in the intro.
sardines4547 years ago
if you use your headphones a lot the sharpie will come off in your ears...not good.
komies7 years ago
Sharpie very quickly wears off the plastic that the earbuds are made of. It's gonna get all over your clothes.
tomonto7 years ago
i tried this before with a sharpie and it came off real fast
zipykido7 years ago
I tried painting my ipod headphones with acrylic spraypaint, it does come off (slowly), I haven't tried permanent marker yet. Though I would be afraid of it coming off on clothing or other things in my pocket.
Dzwiedziu7 years ago
Won't the marker paint wear off due to rubbing againtst clothes or body?
Thanks very cool im gunna try this. Nice use of snazzy
HAHA yea thats wicked im gonna try it 5 for this 1