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DIY Earbud Holder

July 6, 2015

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Hello friends!  You may remember that this time last year, I participated in the Knock Out Knock Off series with some of my very talented friends {click here to see my other knock off projects}!  #knockoutknockoffs  Well, it’s that time again this year!  Since May I have been participating in the Knock Out Knock Off series with a phenomenal group of talented bloggers.  Each month, we will be bringing you knock off projects from some of your favorite retailers: Anthropologie, Land of Nod, CB2 and Crate and Barrel.   This month, we are tackling projects inspired by CB2.  Buckle your seat belts….you are in for a treat!  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE PROJECTS FROM MY FRIENDS AT THE END OF THIS POST–THEY ARE AWESOME!  

Knock Out Knock Offs 2015

I don't know about you, but we have an earbud and USB cord problem in our house.  We are an Apple family, so we have many Apple devices, including phones and computers, so we have lots of USB cords and earbuds around.  I always keep some in my purse and Joe keeps some in his work bag.  And frankly, we were sick of them getting all tangled up.  So, I decided to make my own DIY earbud holder and am excited to share the tutorial with you.  This post contains some affiliate links, which means I will earn a small commission if you order something after clicking a link–it will not cost you any extra!  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

I was inspired by these awesome “cord tacos” from CB2 {you can also find them here on Amazon for the same price and free shipping if you are a Prime member}.

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Now, these tacos are not expensive.  I mean, you get 5 of them for $29.95.  BUT, I did not really want mine to say, “This is ground.”  Maybe I am not high brow enough to get what that means, but I totally don't get it {I think it may just be the name of the company}.  Plus, I have always enjoyed leather crafting since I did it at camp as a kid, so I definitely wanted to make my own so that I could customize them.  They are super easy to make and the personalization options are endless.  Read on to learn how to make your own DIY earbud holder!

Materials Needed for DIY Earbud Holder

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

DIY Earbud Holder Tutorial

1) Start by cutting a piece of leather to size.  Wrap up whatever earbuds or USB cable you want it to hold and make sure the leather piece is large enough to fold in half around it, being sure to leave enough room for the snap at the top edge.  I chose to stick with a rectangle shape, but you could choose a taco shape if you want.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

2) Once your leather is cut to size, punch a small hole in each side of the leather where the poles of the snap pieces will go.  I used the snap pole itself to punch the hole, which eliminated the need to purchase a hole starter tool and it worked just fine.  I used a piece of scrap wood to work on so that I did not damage my kitchen table with all the hammering.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

 

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

3) Next, attach your snaps by following the instructions on the package.  The directions differ somewhat depending on what size and brand you are using.  But, it should be fairly straight forward and easy.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

4) Now you are ready to personalize your DIY earbud holder by stamping it with whatever text you want.  I stamped mine with my initials.  Joe preferred to have his name.  The possibilities are endless.  Just dampen the area that you will be stamping, position the stamp and hammer away :)  I added the middle letter first, so that I could center it beneath the snap.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

That's it!  Can you believe how easy it is?  And I adore how they turned out.  Have a look.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

THIS IS AWESOME! An easy to make DIY earbud holder will make storing your earbuds easier than ever. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

In the end, I spent more TOTAL money than I would have to purchase them from CB2, but the cost per unit is less since I only have to invest in the tools once.  And I am quite certain I have many friends and family that will be getting one or more of these for gifts.  Plus, you can use the tools for all kinds of leather crafts.  My creative juices are flowing already.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF MY OTHER DESIGNER KNOCK OFF PROJECTS, INCLUDING LIGHTING, FURNITURE AND MORE!

Now, before you go please be sure to check out the other AH-MAZING projects from my friends!

Below the graphic you will find links to all the projects.  Please click on any link to head over to my friends’ blogs to check out the full details of their projects!

Inspired DIYs By CB2

DIY Leather Earbud Holder  |  Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

DIY Metal Flower Wall Hanging  |  The Gathered Home

DIY Painted Pillow  |  Upcycled Treasures

DIY Mid-century Modern Bed  |  Bigger Than the Three of Us

DIY Cacti Wall Decor  |  Delineate Your Dwelling

 

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  4. Love this idea!! Could definitely see personalizing for holiday/birthday gifts. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  5. Katie Nathey says:

    Oh boy I couldn’t even tell you how many usb and headphone cords we have, which somehow always end up on the floor being used at cat toys, ha. This is such a great solution! Oh and I love your comment about “this is ground” which I also don’t understand but I love Amy’s comment about ground beef because of the taco shapes, hahaha.

  6. What a clever solution to a common problem!

  7. They would make PERFECT Christmas gifts. Love this!

  8. These are so great! We could absolutely use a few of these in our lives – I’ve unwound tangled earbuds from the bottom of my purse way too often! I will definitely have to make a few of these in the near future!

  9. Amy W says:

    I’ve always wanted to make something like this, Tasha! Love that you added your initials, too. You think “This is Ground” is referring to ground beef??? Like a taco or something? Ha ha, you’re right I wouldn’t want that on mine, either!

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