Ultra-cheap Headphone Cable Wrap




I have fairly decent headphones (Sennheiser HD 455s) and they have a 3 meter long cable. This is great if you're sitting around at home, not moving about, but I go all over the place and having a huge cable just shoved into my pocket (inevitably catching on something) was a total pain. So I looked around the apartment for something to keep them contained, and that's how I came up with my Coin Roll Cable Holder Thing.


Step 1: Enter the Draggin' (cable)

First, identify the end of the coin roller that has the curled-in edge. Pull the headphone plug through that end of the coin roller and out the flat end. This helps keep the cable in tightly and won't let anything slide out by accident.

Step 2: Get It Out, Get It All Out, Yeah, Stretch That Thing

Put your headphones on and let enough cable pass through the coin roller so the roller is level with the base of your pocket. Now, pull another 6 inches or so through, this will allow for movement, but still be tight to your body. (Sorry about the image, I didn't even think about rotating it. You get the idea.)

Step 3: Folding@Home

When you've found a comfortable place for the roll (with enough play on the cable to let it float around a bit), begin loosely folding up the cable that isn't between your head and your pocket - that is, everything you don't need to use. Fold it over and over loosely - cables don't like it tight - and make the folds about the length of the coin roll, if not just a bit longer. Don't bend the cable sideways or any direction that's not natural to them. Stop folding when you've got about 6-8 inches left. I gave it enough to wrap around an iPod once...not that I do that, then there'd be no point to this. It just has a fair amount of excess cable to float around without it being tugged out, and you can pull out your player and still have the cable holder in your pocket. I'm all about convenience here, folks.

Step 4: Into the Mystic

Slide the cable clump into the coin roll and let the plug end still hang out. Tuck it in nicely so it's a snug fit, and that you can pull on the cable from above lightly without them coming out.

Step 5: Finished

Everything should be tight and fancy, and you're complete. It's not the prettiest thing, but it works.

How rad is your coin roll cable holder thing?

So rad.

This instructable is not endorsed by cats, as it prevents them from eating cables.



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    8 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    it's funny you have your cat involved in this. My cat has killed about 4 phone charger cords, 7 headsets, 2 (very nice) speaker cords, and 3 headset charger cords for the wireless headsets to fix the cord problem (>.<) oh yea, she's also gnawed the heck out of the xbox 360 power cord...not through it thank goodness, caught it and taped it up before she electrocuted herself. Cats....go figure. This is a great idea! Thanks :) even the twist ties don't work against her!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Don't those phones come with a wrap already like the 202's?

    i'm gonna do this but with a shotgun shell!!! i got a pair of sennheiser pxc 250 and a bose over the head, so this gonna help

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    11 years ago on Step 5

    I've got to ask - what is a coin roller? I'm assuming it's got a conical end that you've pushed the plug through, but wanted to clarify things a little

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    A coin roller is a paper tube you can aquire from most banks, usually for free in which you can roll up your coins for deposit, as most banks will not accept loose coins for deposit. Paper coin rollers come in various sizes for the various denominations of coin. In the United States, the smallest coin roller is for dimes and holds 50 coins ($5). Quarter rolls are the largest over-all sized wrappers and hold $10 worth of coins. The largest diameter coin roller in the US is for "Golden" Dollar coins (or Susan B Anthony dollars). This roller is shorter than the quarter roll but a bit wider. It holds 25 coins. Paper coin rollers acquired from a bank are usually flat and must be unfolded to insert coins in them. It is possible to find coin rollers like the ones in the picture, which have pre-crimped ends, which are usually used with automatic coin sorting personal banks.


    11 years ago on Step 5

    Cat pets are not very fond of being photographed, are they? =)
    Your cat is special and very nice.