Introduction: Poor-man's Earbud Replacement Covers From Ear Plug

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 I had 2 pairs of ear buds lying around that had lost the little rubber covers, the part that goes in your ears, making them useless. I could have order the replacements from amazon for $5 bucks, but I thought I would save some dough, and come up with a DIY solution. So I used some Flents foam Earplugs from Walmart, and now have a lifetime of replacement covers that guarantee a nice comfy fit every time!

I am really pleased with how great these work because there made of memory foam so they expand to the size of your ear canal, keeping noise out and beats in!



Step 1: Materials

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 1. Earplugs $2.98 walmart 10-pair 
 2. Soldering Iron in skinning tip or Lighter, Finishing nail, and pliers
 3. Scissors

*Tip - Look for earplugs with a higher Noise Rating. The Flents Quiet time ear plugs are NR33, which will have a similar effect as noise cancelling headphones, but cheap!
 

Step 2: Cut Earplug

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Cut off the tip of the earplugs using scissors. You want to aim for the same length as the plastic that needs to be covers on the ear buds.

Step 3: Burn Hold in Earplugs

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***Carefully*** use something hot, sharp, and pointy to burn a hole through the center of the earplug.   

Step 4: Put on Earbuds

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Let the burnt holes cool. Then force them on to your ear buds the tighter the better. I did not have to use any glue and the are firmly in-place.

Go ahead and make a few extra while your at it, your ears are nasty goo traps so replace often or buy some freaking q tips. 

Comments

CreativeGeek (author)2015-08-10

Might try this with some 3M E-A-R Classic earplugs.

jsearcy51 (author)2014-12-02

I made mine by freezing the foam plugs first. Even without getting them wet, they get pretty hard. Makes it real easy to cut them with an xacto and then I used a dremel with a small drill bit to cut hole through the foam while still frozen.

yhiro (author)2011-08-20

You could buy some at DealExtreme for a dollar o_O

fidgety2 (author)2010-06-05

genius i love it it saved me so much time and money plus this actually feels better than the covers that came with my earbuds 5/5!!!!!!!

Araym6 (author)2010-05-10

I suppose burning a hole would work quite nice yes, but as a warning, some brands of earplugs smell horrible when they burn. Nothing serious, but... It just smells really bad. Great instructable though!

bassbindevil (author)2010-03-07

If you squeeze the earplug flat first, you can make the hole with a hole punch.  The adjustable kind used by leather crafters is perfect (like chuckeaves suggested), or you could make one from a piece of metal tubing with one end filed sharp (like a piece of car radio antenna, or a metal pen body).

JoeMurphy (author)bassbindevil2010-03-22

 good call

chuckeaves (author)2010-03-05

Just made some of these couple weeks ago.  Used a pliers type leather leather punch to make the hole instead of a soldering iron.  Works great.  Great minds think alike.  ;)

reptedjess (author)2010-03-04

Thanks for letting me know my ears are nasty and I need to buy q-tips. lol
Nifty idea too, btw. I was needing this for my rocketfish headset

cjbjetz (author)2010-03-03

i tried this and the melting foam actually stuck together, keeping the earbud closed after the first time rolling it, did you encounter this problem?

luvit (author)2010-02-25

 i bought'd some on ebay for $3 after shipping.

struckbyanarrow (author)2010-02-25

i kept losing them so i superglued them to the earbuds!

TheWelfareWarrior (author)2010-02-24

But do they stay on as well?

Yes.
They stay in/on while running, which is a pretty good test. 

TheBlackSharpie (author)2010-02-25

Great Idea I had the same problem!

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