Tangle-Free Paracord Headphones




This project fairly straight forward and only needs a few supplies:

Heat-Shrink Tubing
Solding Iron (you can get away with a lighter)


Step 1: Cut Headphones/Stringing the Paracord

This step may seem heartbreaking but you'll have to cut the headphone wire in three places. Around 1" before the three wires intersect  is where you'll cut and strip the 3 wires.

Once you have the 3 separate strands of wires apart, you'll need to cut paracord that's the same length of the wire.

Next remove the inner strands of the paracord, leaving just the outershell

Finally, string the headphone wire through the outer shell of the paracord, this can be be done by "scrunching" up the paracord and then extending it over the wire. This may sound strange so refer to the video on the first step if you're confused!

Step 2: Soldering the Headphones Back Together

Once the wire has been strung with the paracord, place some heat shrink tubing on the wire so you can seal up the soldering joints a littler later.

After stripping the headphone wire, you should see 2 wires all wrapped in colored cotton fiber. To reattach the wires together, you first should physically twist the wires together: and then burn off the cotton fiber with a lighter:

Once all wires are twisted and burned together, test out the headphones... do they work? 
If so then awesome! if not, you'll need to whip out the soldering iron and solder the wires together, that should do the trick.

Then add some vinyl tape around each wire to reinsulate them and seal everything up with the heat shrink tubing!

Step 3: Repeat Until Finished!

Repeat the previous step for the two other wires, feel free to mis-match colors! 

Mine turned out pretty well, definitely won't be tangling any time soon!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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6 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

Unfortunately I have never worked with paracord but I plan on sourcing some here in South Africa and having some fun with it. As a result excuse my potential ignorance but isn't the sheath's weave like the one they use on chinese finger traps (I don't know the actual name on the weave) in that you can increase the diameter of the sheath by pushing it together? In which case could you not just expand it over the 3.5mm jack? I realise that wouldn't help on the ear piece wires but it would minimise soldering and mean that you could keep the junction in tact

I'm sure it would but watch out as will have two very fine data wires to solder. They tend to have horrible insulation that stretches and shrivels with heat. I suggest burning the insulation off rather than trying to strip it conventionally.


5 years ago on Introduction

Instead of taking out the inner wire from the paracord, you could tie it to the headphone wire and pull it through.

Otherwise, great idea.

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