Big brother to the uncard, corkwrap was my first exploration into the common wrapping gesture as a solution to the infamous earphone pocket tangle. While it's ease of use and reliability may fall short, corkwrap's lovable aesthetic might just convince you to overlook it's faults. Enjoy!

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

1 natural agglomerated cork (made from many small pieces of cork adhered together)
1 pair of earphones
1 awl or small phillips head screwdriver
1 felt tip marker
1 serrated knife
*1 xacto knife (optional)

if you aren't sure whether or not you have the right kind of cork, this is a great resource:

Step 2: Mark

Use a felt tip marker to make a line about 1/3 of the way down the face of the cork, with a length equal to approximately 1/3 of the cork's circumference; this will be the "mouth". On the bottom of the cork, make three equidistant lines that connect at the center and run up the sides of the cork approximately 1/8". On the top just make a point directly in the center.


The "mouth" can be used as a guide when making the bottom marks.

Step 3: Poke

Using the center point you marked in step 2, poke a hole in the top of the cork using an awl or small philips head screwdriver about 1/2" deep.

Step 4: Cut

Using the lines you made in step two, cut slots in the cork approximately 1/8" deep with a serrated knife in a sawing motion.  Make sure to cut straight on, otherwise the slots may become too wide.


Test the slots to make sure they hold your earphone wire. If too small, carefully carve out the slot to make it a bit wider.
*An x-acto blade may be used here to clean up your cuts.

Step 5: Plug and Wrap!

Plug the earphone jack into the hole at the top of the cork, run the wire through the "mouth" then around the cork, pinching off the end between two of the three slots at the bottom of the cork. Pull tight but make sure to leave a little bit of slack towards the top so as to reduce strain between the jack and the wire. To remove, gently pull on the earbuds to release them from the bottom slots and unravel from the cork. Enjoy!


Dozens of "slot" iterations existed before this design; this is the one i found to be most successful. Feel free to experiment and post back with your own designs!

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    5 years ago



    6 years ago

    This is so simple, professional looking, and useful! This would be a great gift for audiophiles!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I really like the idea of this better, but I imagine the unreliability you're talking about would be the cork chipping over time and that the plugs aren't supported. The functionality of the uncard is where it's at. :D


    7 years ago on Introduction

    very useful. I like low tech ideas and I have so many corks waiting to be repurposed!