Upcycled Headphone Stand!




Introduction: Upcycled Headphone Stand!

Quick little project for my very first Instructable! Since I had already finished this one, I have only one in-progress picture. Hopefully it's simple enough to fill in the blanks yourself! I happened to want a project that cost zero, was functional, and could be made by hand without the help of power tools, so here is my headphone stand;


  • 1 unmarked, cardboard shipping tube [Since I had recieved some posters
  • 2 metal hangars [I didn't take off the protective coating, had no intention of painting it.]
  • Headphones


  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Hands
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Sharp tool to cut the tube
  • Jazz Hands

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Step 1: Make a Thing.

Cutting the tube.

The first step was to cut the cardboard tube to size. This really depends on how bulky your headphones are. I settled for a tube that was 1.5" in diameter and cut it to 7.5" in length. Set this piece aside for now.

Making the arch.

Using the needle-nose pliers, unwind the necks of the hangars, straightening the wire out as best you can with your regular pliers. [I found that the needle-nose pliers kink the wire too much]. Finding the center of your wire, use some scrap tubing to shape the wire into an arch, using your hands to squeeze until the shape takes.

Da Feet.

Grab one end of the arch and find the point you want to pinch at for the length of each foot. Once you have a sharp bend in the wire, grip both ends just before the foot with your pliers and squeeze slowly until the foot is as thin as you would like. Try not to snap the wire by bending too hard.

Grabbing the tube.

This part is the tinker-y, trial-and-error part of the project.. Pick the longest, cleanest, straightest wire on your legs and wrap it slowly around the scrap tube until you make a loop with it as close as the size of the tube as possible. Snip the end with the cutters and shape the new loop to be smaller than the tube so you can slip it onto the tube snugly. The snug-ness will keep it from wobbling and sliding.

Grabbing the tube 2: The Grabbening.

This is the complicated part to describe without pictures; With the open side [The half of the wire not wrapped around the tube], press the loose wire against the side of the tube and snip it so you have about an inch longer than where the wire touches the side of the tube. Once you snip off the end, take the excess inch or so and bend it until it's pointed towards the center of the tube. Poke a hole in the cardboard tube right where the wire is bent and push in until the excess bit is all the way into the tube. To anchor this end of the wire, reach inside with your needle-nose pliers and squeeze the excess bit down until it hooks against the cardboard. [I tried to take a picture of this, make sure you view all of the images and image notes on this page for help.]

This part should be easy if both your legs were the same length and bent at the same parts. If they aren't even once you arrange them, try bending the big loop that wraps around the tube a little more inward or outward if you want to extend or contract the length of your legs. Make sure that the excess bit that goes inside the tube is also bent and poked in at the same level, or else it might wobble.

End-cap it, set it on the table, adjust the legs until it's stable and then; apply jazz hands liberally.

[Also don't forget to actually put your headphones on it.]

Step 2: Doneee

This is what it should look like when done.

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5 Discussions

Amelia makes stuff
Amelia makes stuff

5 years ago

Very nice, I'm making it now. I wrapped the cardboard tube in hockey tape to make it look nicer, though.


5 years ago

my immediate thought is to use some steel wire and a wooden dowel just to make it look a bit nicer, great idea though, maybe make a headphone stand v2


Reply 5 years ago

I was trying to spend zero dollars making this stand, and since I didn't have any dowels or raw wire hanging around the house, I stuck with what I found. I would like to try this again with better materials though, thanks for the feedback!