Detangler

July 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have lost more headphones to snarls getting caught on something and popping off an earbud than all other reasons combined. So when this came across my Twitter feed the other day, I knew it was a project I’d be making. For some reason I kept putting it off, though, and the tab sat open in my browser, waiting for me to get around to it.

Then while searching for replacements for yet another pair of ruined earbuds, I came across this. I love the design, and honestly, if the earlier idea hadn’t already been planted I’d’ve just bought one of these and been done. But the idea was there, and now I was inspired. I grabbed an old discount card that I never use — I have a ton of these things laying around, as they’re great for scraping and scooping and all sorts of other stuff — and freehanded a little anthropomorphic shape. Then I cut it out with my kitchen shears (DO NOT use your good scissors for this!) and used a hole punch to make holes in the appropriate spots. Make the holes close enough to the edge so that you can just snip into them with the scissors, but far enough that it’s not right up against the edge — you need there to be a fairly tight entrance to the hole so that the cord doesn’t just slip right out. Here’s the final result:

What a cute little guy!

It works great, and took about 5 minutes, all told.

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