Introduction: DIY Athletic Earphones

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Athletic earphones are expensive and break easily. Use your existing earphones to create a comfortable and inexpensive alternative with this Instructable.

Step 1: Materials

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You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Earphones
  • Twist Ties / Wire
  • Sponge / Foam
  • Tape


  • Felt
  • Hot Glue Gun

Step 2: Take the Wire Out of the Twist Tie

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Using scissors, take out the wire within the twist tie. This will act as the basis for the entire structure.

Step 3: Cut the Sponge / Foam

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Cut about 5 cm of sponge or foam. This will act as a cushion for your ear when you put the earphones on.

TIP: An old sponge works great, if you can find one laying around the house. Personally, I like to use foam since it is a little bit more aesthetically pleasing.

Step 4: Insert the Wire Into the Sponge / Foam

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Insert the wire into the Sponge / Foam and bend the structure to conform to the shape of your ear.

TIP: It is also very useful to have sticker foam to perform this step. Also, as a friend to help you shape the wire so it sits comfortably on you ear while providing a secure placement of the earphone.

Step 5: Tape the Wire on the The Earphone.

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Bend the wire to create a question mark shape and tape the end to the stem of the earbud.

Step 6: (OPTIONAL) Wrap the Earphone Hook With Felt

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Just to add additional comfort, wrap some felt around the hook and hot glue or sew the ends together.

Step 7: Go Exercise!

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Now that your new revamped earphones are ready to go, go outside and seize the day! Run to some great tunes without the ear buds falling out and workout without having to ever worry about loosing your music again!


cammers (author)2015-02-18

Great idea.

tomatoskins (author)2015-02-16

This is a great addition! Have you noticed that they don't fall out as much?

Delphable (author)tomatoskins2015-02-16

Yea! They seem to be working quite well and provides enough structural integrity to hold the earphones in during runs and workouts. ?

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