Earbud Cord Wrapper in 5 Minutes or Less!





Introduction: Earbud Cord Wrapper in 5 Minutes or Less!

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Love your shiny new iphone, but sick of tangling up that darn cord on your earbuds?

Grab an old credit card and a pair of scissors. Boom! You are about to solve one of life's least important problems.

Step 1: Snip Card in Half.

Cut the card in half, lengthwise.

Want bonus points? Round them corners.

Want more bonus points? Use a defunct baby-bell calling card!

Step 2: Notch Away!

At either end cut two notches on opposing sides.

Notches should be angled roughly as pictures.

Take care to make the opening of your notch only slightly bigger than cord (about 1/16th of an inch)

Make the interior of the notch wider than the opening, but narrower than your plug (about 3/16th of inch)

Note: Spandox suggests using a hole punch. Great idea.

Step 3: Wrap Cord

Insert your plug end into the notch and wrap you cord up neatly.

When you get to the buds, tuck them into their notch.


Step 4: Usage

You can unwrap cord on either end to a length that suits your need.

I usually keep my iphone in my shirt pocket, as you can imagine without this cord wrapper my cord is always in the way.



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I used a gift card that says it's non-reloadable. My mother-in-law got it from her work for a Christmas bonus.
This is my version. Thanks for the idea and the instructable!


You can also use a note card and glue stick. Just fold the notecard in to thirds, then hole punch the corners. Snip the edge with siccors or a nail clipper (I left my scissor in the garage =P)

Heres one I knocked up. I had looked at yours but didn't have access to a computer when I made mine and had to go on memory and put my own twist on it..
Before anyone says anything it is an out of date, cancelled debit card that I used so no ID theft issues(I hope)

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my dads an electrical engineer, and after one second(he always tries to find faults instead of the good stuff) he said coiling the wire like that kinda makes the earphones faulty after a long time, 

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Yup, however that will take a fair bit of time, and most people don't coil their cords properly in the first place...

The greater risk is insulation abrasion from the rough edges of the card.

A softer type of plastic would avoid this problem... ( think the top of a pringles can)

When i made mine I rounded all corners off and sanded them. I know you aren't supposed to store your Ibuds like this as the folding of the cable will eventually break the fine filaments of copper cable that is used for the wiring but i only use it for the apple ones that came free with my IPhone, i wouldn't use this for any expensive ear buds.

This works just as well with strong paper! Thanks for the instructable

Hmm, don't fancy risking my Skull Candy's with this, so decided to use a mini egg tub. Plus its purple, which is cool lol!


Great Instructable!!!

I'm thinking heavy duty hole punch and my heavy-duty scissors...

Going to look for my old, FULLY DEGAUSSED Visa card now!!!

I've been looking for something like this. I have Bose cans than I use on my iPod and the cord is more than 6 ' long (WTF?). I'm always getting tangled in the wire

i cut the picture of the cookie from the cookie box and use that.... cookiephones!
might work better if i didn't want to eat them all the time....

I gave one of those for christmas, and instead of using a credit card, I used the hard white plastic that comes in the iPod box, which has the added benefit of looking like it was made by Apple and is more durable than a credit card. Thanks for the idea!

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Awesome! And to think that Levenger charges $18 for a leather one. I love this! Have already made two!