DIY: Personalize Cords Using Perler Beads

by | Oct 9, 2012 | Artsy Craftsy, Take It On Tuesday, Video | 7 comments

So today I take on a DIY on how to pimp out earbud and connector cords.

DIY: Personalize Cords Using Perler Beads 

Personalized cords using perler beads | melty beads | iron beads

Who hasn’t wanted to pimp-out a connector cord or two?

Or at least – who hasn’t been frustrated by not being able to find your cord because someone took it because they thought it was theirs because… EVERY CHARGER CORD LOOKS THE SAME.

I was very excited to discover this here little craft. Here is what you will need:

Supplies for pimped-out cords via @jennyonthespot

1) A surface for cutting

2) Melty/perler/iron beads

3) A fork

4) A box cutter, X-ACTO knife, or very sharp, small knife

5) A cord 

Use your X-ACTO knife to slice through one side of a bead. With the help of the tine of a fork,  open up the bead. Then slip the bead over the cord. 

Beads on cord step-by-step via @jennyonthespot
Ooh… Ahhh! Pretty earbud cord!!!

cord and beads via @jennyonthespot
Don’t hate me because my earbud cord is beautiful…

DIY beaded earbud cord via @jennyonthespot
But it’s not ALL about having the cutest cords on the block… it can also be about marking your “territory”. How many cords are floating around your house? How many times has someone “accidentally” thought your cord was theirs?

Mark your cords with melty beads! via @jennyonthespot

You can keep it super simple and just add a few beads. It’s like a label, but a label of color.

Now, if I can just remember which color is mine…

Do you label your cords?

One note… perler beads can be a little stiff, so it make take a little effort to get them to open up and slip over the cord. Also, if you want to cover the entire cord, I suggest leaving a couple of inches of cord free of beads… otherwise the cord will not bend. Which means if you want to wrap the cord, you need a little flex room for the beads to let that happen.

Personalized cords using perler beads | melty beads | iron beads

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