February 26, 2014

Tip #17: Wrap Your Chords for Decoration and Protection

Lovely Tip #17: Wrap your chords for decoration and protection via www.whatmandyloves.com
Ever since I can remember, I've wanted every possible aspect of my life to look a certain way based on what I thought looked best on / with me.  (Type A, maybe?)  A specific color or pattern in clothing, stickers on my laptop, flair on my bookbags, anything that stands out from the crowd.  I've seen a bunch of blogs about this particular topic, and it's been something I've been doing a lot more lately for not just decorative purposes.  Thought it would be a good tip for y'all:

Wrap your various technology chords like chargers, AUX cables, etc with yarn or embroidery floss for a variety of decorative and protective benefits.

Are you constantly losing your phone or laptop charger because it looks like everybody else's at a party or coffee shop?  Is your pet a fan of chewing and destroying cables like mine?  Do you just wanna look cute in a custom option stores just don't sell?  Do you have a habit of breaking or tearing your chords?  Do your headphones chords tangle easily?  There are SO MANY benefits to wrapping your chords up in whichever thread or thin fabric words best with you!

What Mandy Loves: Image of my decorated AUX and charger chords via www.whatmandyloves.com
There are many ways to wrap 'em up, and so many colors and patterns to try! (And yes, I still use my iPod in 2014.)

I used the same tie knotting or "friendship bracelet" technique that I used in my colorful coat hanger DIY post.  I use this technique on all my visible and most used chords.  There are many ways to do this, though - so many, I'm too lazy to do a DIY post of it myself because its EVERYWHERE.  Try it out on your chords!  As long as you don't tie the thread too tight, it doesn't restrict or hurt the wires inside the plastic coating, and chords these days aren't the over-heating combusting mess from back in the day if you're concerned of this being a fire hazard.  (But it goes without saying, don't wrap a chord with exposed wire, dummy!  Don't let loose yarn bits stick out and get stuck in sockets, come on now.)

Do you wrap your chords?  Why did you end up doing it?  Let me know in the comments!

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