Introduction: Easy & Simple Cable Organizer

This Instructable will teach you how to create a fast & effective cable organizer. It will use mostly everyday objects, such as, in this case, toilet rolls. Before starting to create this cable organizer, make sure that you have all of the necessary objects / tools.

Overview of most important tools / materials:

  • 4-5 Toilet rolls
  • Hot glue gun / effective glue
  • Spraypaint (in case you want to color you organizer)
  • Wooden, preferably rectangular, plate (base of organizer)
  • Easily visible Pen (eg. edding)
  • Paper (see Step 4)

Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials / Set-up

Open above included picture for a label for every material!

This will be the first step. You will need to gather all of the above shown materials, and make sure the tools are functional.

  1. Base - This base may be any type of material, as long as it is sturdy enough, and it fits proportionally to the size of your toilet rolls (not too big, and most important not too small). The base should also not be easily soaked, as when you are using a hot glue gun, the glue may pass through the material, creating possible damage.
  2. The toilet rolls - The quantity of these will be decided by yourself, depending on the amount of cables, and the size of those as well, as too small toilet rolls may hinder the cable of passing through. Other than that, there are no restrictions concerning these.
  3. The glue - The glue will also depend on you. If you have no access to a hot glue gun, I would strongly suggest to use a very sturdy and strong glue, which will hold the toilet rolls in place and avoid having them roll around. If you indeed have a hot glue gun, then you can simply use that, as it is probably the most durable.
  4. Edding (optional, but strongly advised) - An edding or any similar clearly visible pen will be necessary for the labels of the toilet rolls, which will be written upon the spray paint, so make sure these are not a similar colour. It should also have a certain thickness, to ease the visuality of the writing.
  5. Spray paint (optional) - The colour of this totally depends on what you think would fit into the room the cable organiser will be located in, or what colour you generally prefer. If you will use this cable organiser in a more subtle and hidden way, you may not even colour at all.
  6. Pencil - This will be used to label the spaces in which the glue will be placed (the lighter the pencil the better).
  7. Newspaper - This will be necessary for the spray painting, as this will protect the surrounding of getting affected by the spray paint.

Step 2: Step 2: Attaching the Toilet Rolls to the Base

CLICK ABOVE INCLUDED PICTURES FOR ANNOTATIONS

This is the second step, and one of the most important. You will need to be pretty accurate to complete this step successfully. This step includes the following 4 materials:

  • Base - This base may be any type of material, as long as it is sturdy enough, and it fits proportionally to the size of your toilet rolls (not too big, and most important not too small). The base should also not be easily soaked, as when you are using a hot glue gun, the glue may pass through the material, creating possible damage.
  • The toilet rolls - The quantity of these will be decided by yourself, depending on the amount of cables, and the size of those as well, as too small toilet rolls may hinder the cable of passing through. Other than that, there are no restrictions concerning these.
  • The glue - The glue will also depend on you. If you have no access to a hot glue gun, I would strongly suggest to use a very sturdy and strong glue, which will hold the toilet rolls in place and avoid having them roll around. If you indeed have a hot glue gun, then you can simply use that, as it is probably the most durable.
  • Pencil - This will be used to label the spaces in which the glue will be placed (the lighter the pencil the better).

This step takes a bit of crafting, as you need to be very careful when applying the glue and to place the toilet roll onto the glue. First, place the toilet rolls, one by one, and then label the areas which would then need to be glued. When applying glue, have a maximum thickness per toilet roll of about .5 cm, and the length should be a bit shorter than the actual toilet roll, to leave a bit of room for any possible situation.

Next, take the hot glue gun, or whatever glue you will be using, and apply glue according to the line. Then, as fast as possible, take the toilet roll, and align it with the glue, to then apply pressure for about 10 seconds, and then have the roll rest for about 1-2 minutes.

After this, check whether or not the toilet rolls is sturdily glued, and if yes, repeat the above two steps for all the other remaining rolls. Once all toilet rolls are fixed, as shown above, you are done!

Step 3: Step 3: Applying Spray Paint

The third (second to last) step, is to apply the spray paint. For this step you will need the following materials:

  • Spray paint - The colour of this totally depends on what you think would fit into the room the cable organiser will be located in, or what colour you generally prefer. If you will use this cable organiser in a more subtle and hidden way, you may not even colour at all.
  • Toilet rolls glued upon the base - The outcome of the previous step
  • Newspaper - To prevent spray paint affecting any unwanted areas.

For this step, I strongly recommend to apply the spray paint outside, far away of any objects which are in any sort valuable or similar, and to check that there is not too much wind in the area.

Step 1) Spread out the newspapers, so that you have a wide enough area around your product, to avoid anything else being spray painted.

Step 2) Next, place the product in the middle of the newspapers, and carefully start applying spray paint, area by area, to cover the entire product, and have no spaces left blank. Make sure you are not too close to the product when spraying, but also not too far away.

Step 3) When done, have the product rest in a safe place, preferably outside to avoid the smell inside, and creating the possibility for it to dry faster. Have the product rest for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: Step 4: Label the Rolls

This is the last step, this will involve creating a label (optional) which improves the functionality of this cable organiser. This step is completely open to how you do it.

There are a few possibilities:

  • No labels at all
  • Label apart of the roll.
  • Label directly on the roll
  • Your own idea

No labels at all:

Whether or not you want to include any type of label is completely up to you, and not using a label also has its positives. You do not actually need to align the cables, but can simply take one cable and put it in one of the rolls, however, you may need to check which cable is which.

Label apart of the roll:

As shown above you use an edding to write what cable the specific toilet roll is going to be used for which you will write, as shown above, onto the base. This is, in my opinion, the best possibility, as it is the most visible.

Label directly on the roll:

This is probably the easiest to achieve. Here, you only need an Edding, which you will use to write the purpose of the roll on top, which creates a very easy to see label, one example of this would be the cover page of this instructable, which uses this technique. However, keep in mind, you will not be able to redo the label.

Your own idea...:

...is completely up to you.

Step 5: Finished Product

Congratulations, you have successfully created a simple & effective cable organiser. Thank you for visiting my Instructable, and I hope that this has helped you in your organisation of the room.

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D3sign made it! (author)2016-05-18

How durable is it?

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helpeveryman made it! (author)helpeveryman2016-05-19

okay

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wold630 made it! (author)2016-05-10

This is a great idea!

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helpeveryman made it! (author)helpeveryman2016-05-12

Thank you!

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Midnightwhyte24 made it! (author)2016-05-11

Awesome. Love the cover page

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Ms Spelled made it! (author)2016-05-11

Respekt. Respekt. xD

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xxmarauderxx made it! (author)2016-05-11

Nice gemacht Nepo!

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