Introduction: Neatly Wrap Cords Without Ties or Tangles

The goal: a way to wrap up cords (headphones, power, etc.) without ties or Velcro straps that's fast, doesn't come undone, and is quick to undo. Here's one method, any better suggestions?

More guides:

Video showing a slow iPod headphone wrap and unwrap:

Video of power cord wrap:

Step 1: Make Figure 8 Loops...

Leave about 2 figure 8 loops of wire left to wrap around the middle.

Step 2: Wrap Around the Middle a Couple Times

The key to this whole method is crossing the wire over itself in the first middle wrap. Otherwise the whole thing will easily come undone.

Step 3: String the Loose End Thru the Loop...

Step 4: Give a Quick a Pull to Secure

Step 5: Voila!


GuccizBud. made it!(author)2014-11-11

> [ RichardBronosky ]
> The demonstration form the Sprint
> Wait Less campaign was the final
> word on the matter as far as I'm
> concerned: http://. . .

Example of the kind of comment that embellishes the OP by tuning in to the same frequency and contributing to our collective knowledge of the subject, whether the subject is astrophysics or kitty litter.

> Easy use a tie that comes on a
> loaf of bread.

Example of a doofus with brain damage.

doo+da+do made it!(author)2012-08-26

Easy use a tie that comes on a loaf of bread.

bo5 made it!(author)2012-05-23

Why don't I just make my self something to wrap the earphones around?

aryaravikant made it!(author)2012-01-16

i preferred not to coil wrap to any thing wiich contain long wires becoz after too many wraps it may leads to broken wires from inside.......

RichardBronosky made it!(author)2011-03-19

The demonstration form the Sprint Wait Less campaign was the final word on the matter as far as I'm concerned.

SurferGeek made it!(author)2006-12-31

Doesn't everyone wrap their cords this way? I've been doing it this way my whole life...

Raycing made it!(author)2007-12-29

Yep so have I, I thought this sort of thing would be common knowledge.

your+dog made it!(author)2009-11-10

me too (or three)

Bartboy made it!(author)2009-11-11

Me also.

red-king made it!(author)2009-11-11

 same here.

dmac208 made it!(author)2010-11-13

well sadly is not.

chucka made it!(author)2007-01-02

One way to improve upon this is to wrap the cord in a figure eight style. Then, fold it in half. and then finish by tying it off in the same fashion. The figure eight cancels each twist in the cord with the reverse loop. Thus, when you unravel it you have a perfectly straight cord.

gregeb made it!(author)2010-05-24

there is a commercial fig8 organizer at Best for small cords like earphones.

randyhow made it!(author)2010-05-07

Isn't it easier to tie with rubber band or short wire ?

kekoa79 made it!(author)2010-04-26
These suggestions are great for longer cables/cords.  Such as long power cords or microphone cables.  You never want to just wrap them around your forearm as over time this will damage the wiring.

siedpe13 made it!(author)2010-02-22

wow, thats how i do it myself, ever since a few years ago i was just messing around and figured out that very same way. but now i dont use ear buds, just regular headphones.

weolson made it!(author)2010-01-29

With cords and ropes, when they are long enough, while making the loops, while I still have enough length left, I take the long end and lay it back where it came from, then  wrap that new loop end around the middle and tuck the new looped end through the end loop, which leaves a loop which yu can hang it by.

MattandJora made it!(author)2010-01-12

 i like it =]
just today i had to untangle all of my pens and pencils from my headphones with this it will never happen again! huzzah!!

Bartboy made it!(author)2009-11-11

Liking the old school headphones!

pdub77 made it!(author)2009-11-28

Those are 'old school?'  Five years does not count.  ; )

valamas made it!(author)2009-11-11

thank you. I will train myself to do this. I have cords everywhere and as some of the posters suggest, NO, i never knew/use this method. So thank you for showing a life skill.

Cracknel made it!(author)2009-03-01

Any idea on how to wrap this type of Nokia headset?

jamuraa made it!(author)2009-03-24

I have this type of cord actually. What I do is start from the other end - the plug end, and be careful to start in the "middle" of the figure 8 so that it will be tied down at the end - and then do the figure 8's. When I get to the headphone end, I put the short headphone in the middle of the figure 8, and then use the remaining one wire to wrap around the whole bundle and through the loop. It works nicely - the extra wire that the long earphone has is just about the right length.

arashiodori made it!(author)2009-03-04

You could 'fold' the longest headbud to the length of the second, hold it in place, and then repeat the instructable, adjusting figure 8 length to adapt for the microphone/remote. Or if suitable, you can just use the longest headbud wire to do the instructable.

Tommyhzy made it!(author)2009-03-01

1. Remove the box thing and solder the wires together 2: Cut off a piece of wire from the longer earbud and solder so you have equal size lengths. 3. Kick a piece of hard furniture. 4. Wrap the cord as you would a normal set of corded earbuds...

spork969 made it!(author)2009-03-02

The "box thing" is the mic, (s)he can't just remove it. It's a headset. Cracknel, I would attempt to follow this instructable, it might work, especially if you fold the longer one down to the mic.

haclil made it!(author)2009-03-02

I think I have a better way for wrapping thin cords: You say in step 1 to "Make figure 8 loops" but, in the top video, you make simple loops.

To make true figure-8s you must wind the wire *between* your 2nd and 3rd digits, bring it down behind digits 4 & 5, up and between 2 & 3, behind 2 & 3, over the top, and repeat the process til you've wrapped as much as you want.

There's a big advantage to this way: When you unfurl the wire, it will be much less tangle than when using your way. This is because figure-8s introduce fewer twists. Try it!

mtm101097 made it!(author)2009-03-02

i'd got this idea from airplane headphones and have been doing this for awhile. never thought of making an ible' on it though.nice

mbudde made it!(author)2009-03-01

This is the same way I always wrap lines on a boat for storage, but I never thought of doing this to earbuds. Good idea.

Father+Christmas made it!(author)2009-03-01

i thought this was just common sense. 90% of cords, when bought, are like this(or somewhat), so it is only natural to mimic it for simplicity.

brc3001 made it!(author)2008-06-20

power cordEven though this is not a power cord my suggestion on coiling the head set is a figure eight.

PetervG made it!(author)2006-12-31

I never understood Apple earphones. They're so big! I put them in my ear and it hurt and fall out. Crazy . .

Whaleman made it!(author)2007-12-02

Me too! I use Sony brand earphones with a thing that wraps around my ear so they don't fall out.

kittyno made it!(author)2007-11-24

I had the same problem, then I found the Jensen earbuds that actually go in your ear. They come in a few different colors, but more importantly, they come with more than one size earbud that you can interchange to fit your ear. You can buy these at meijer for about fifteen dollars. note: the case that they come in kinda sucks, but that's not a problem anymore, since I just learned the above method :-)

Jack+Attack made it!(author)2007-01-01

my only complaint with apple earbuds is that the sound quality is pretty bad. Koss makes some good squishy sort of memory foam earbuds that fit into anyones ear and will stay in well and have good sound quality for only $18 (i've seen earbuds for $400). yea, i know, i sound like an ad.

PetervG made it!(author)2007-01-01

Oh yea, your avatar is creepy.

DannyHunt made it!(author)2007-01-06

Wow! This is the way I've ALWAYS done it. I feel so smart. Lol I used to repair VCRs back in the day and this is how I would wrap the cord when I didn't have any twist tie thingies. So I wrap most all cord-type stuff this way now. Works great

old_bass_masta made it!(author)2007-08-29

wow, i feel just as smart as you, and im 14 :P

author made it!(author)2007-01-03

Also, several useful comments at
A couple people pointed out that the tight loops will likely wear out the wire faster.

"...Whenever I'm not wrapping the cord in question around the device it's plugged into, I prefer a non-coiling method: fold the cable in half a number of times (depending on the length and diameter of the cable). This should ensure that the ends of the cable are all at one end. Next, tie the whole folded cable into a single straight/granny knot. This method avoids any tight coils, avoids introducing any twists, allows you to fold the cable along its natural curve, avoids tangling, and is easy to unwrap (just undo the single large knot, and the rest falls loosely apart without any coils to worry about).... --scottleibrand "

Sidney+Floyd made it!(author)2007-01-01

yer the old ipod earphones are way big (my sis has a mini) but i just got a nano 2nd gen and they come with way better suited earphones

LasVegas made it!(author)2006-12-31

Does this technique work with non-Apple brand cords too? (For those that don't get sarcasm... This is a joke!) What a concept for an Instructable! Good job! lol

theRIAA made it!(author)2006-12-31

no, only with iPod specific earbuds like the ones shown above

PetervG made it!(author)2006-12-31

Thats how some store bought items come.

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