Intro: Secret and Secure Earbuds (kinda, Sorta Anyway)
I have had trouble taking part in the mp3 player music revolution due to the earbuds that are popular now. My machine came with a pair of earbuds that loop around my neck. These would look really cool on someone younger and more stylish than myself. I always feel out of place wearing it. Also, my kids said flat out that I like an idiot when I struggle to untangle the cord. So I dug out a pair of the old headband style headphones. Fortunately, I took a glance in the mirror before stepping out to show of my ingenuity. These headphones were not going to lower the idiot-factor.
I then realized that I wear my sunglasses as a headband whenever I go out. I started noticing that other people still do this too. (Not just old folks like me.) So I came up with this super-easy hook up with wonderful results. They are easily hidden under my hair so I don't have to shout to the world that I'm not listening to them (so Rude!). Also, the sunglasses hold them in place very securely so I'm not caught fiddling with them and getting rolling eyeballs from my kids so often.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
The materials and tools you will need:
Sunglasses - I got mine at the dollar store
Earbuds - mine came with my phone
Flexible drinking straws (2)
Black Electrical Tape
Cutting Blade - an Xacto knife or a box cutter will work
Step 2: Cut the Straws
Stretch out and bend the straws to match the curve of your sunglasses. Hold the straw salong the outside edges of your glasses. Put on the sunglasses and mark the straws at the point where they pass your ears. If needed, a piece of tape to temporarily hold the straw onto the glasses may be helpful. Or you can just guesstimate. Cut the end(s) of the straw off.
Next, slice the straws open lengthwise. If you straws have vertical lines on them it works nice as a guide.
Step 3: Earbud Wires
Press the earbud wires into the straws. The straw should easily slide along the length of the wire.
Step 4: Attach Straws to Sunglasses
Cut about 10cm of electrical tape. Use this to first secure the correct placement of the straw to the sunglasses. Next wrap more tape around the straw and the sunglasses so that the straw is affixed securely and the straw is hidden underneath. Be careful not to tap the actual earbud wire or to wrap the tape too tightly in this process. You want the earbuds to be able to slide back and forth.
Step 5: Enjoy!
These can either be worn as sunglasses so that you can listen while laying out by the pool. Or, you can pull out the wires a short bit and raise the sunglasses over your head. Both ways, the earbuds are hidden and secure!