DIY Crafting | Save Your Earphones

As much as I enjoy trying different products and promoting cruelty-free cosmetics, crafting is something that makes my heart soar. I absolutely love it and have since I was knee high to a grasshopper (high five if you know where that reference comes from). As my interest in eco-living has grown, I’ve realised that crafting and DIY projects can help to minimise waste and promote a more sustainable lifestyle (financially and environmentally). One of the items that I used to go through like hot dinner was earphones! They were an absolute nightmare for me, and as a result of tangling at the bottom of many a handbag, they’d inevitably end up broken and destroyed. Unfortunately, this meant that from my handbag, they went straight to the landfill. Not a positive way to live – or cheap.

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So here’s a little, extremely simple DIY project that can save you money and protect all your wiring products (earphones, chargers etc!). It can also be used to make bracelets AND it’s extremely therapeutic. So make a hot chocolate, put on a film and relax while you craft!

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All that you’ll need is:

  1. The earphones / cables / whatever you want to protect
  2.  Embroidery thread / wool

Step One:

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Knot your thread onto the wire. You can tuck in the string end, so don’t worry about that! If you’re wrapping headphones, I recommend starting on the thickest part of the cable as it’s easier than the thinner sections.

Step Two:

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Make a loop over the top of the cable. Effectively, you want it to look like a big C.

Step Three:

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Now, bring the thread underneath the cable and through the loop so that it makes a knot. Pull it tight!

Step Four:

Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat… After a while, you will notice that the knots form into a pattern and spiral their way down the cable! You can easily change colours, use two threads at once to create thicker bands, whatever takes your fancy and most importantly – say goodbye to lost and tangled headphones! They won’t get into knots anymore and they’re a lot easier to find at the bottom of the pit that forms within our bags! So simple and cheap, but effective!

Let me know if you try it and I hope it saves you lots of damaged wires!

~ mirrorthelove@gmail.com

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Throw Back Tuesday | Upcyling In The Garden

If you’re following me in Instagram, you’ll be well aware that I am absolutely obsessed with upcycling! I decided to bring a little splash of that onto the blog, and highlight some of my current favourite upcycling projects! For future posts, would people rather see “theme” specific highlights, like garden or kitchen, or just a mix and match of all sorts?

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Old Barrel – Dog Kennel

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Herbs In Teacups – Grow your herbs in old or broken cups, and use old cutlery to mark what is what! (Source: Kuttlefish)

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Succulents Too!

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Old CD’s are turned into a mosaic bird-bath.

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Old oven – Planter

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Old cans – Wall planters!

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Old Typewriter – Planter (Source: Kathryn Wood)

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If you have any requests of items you’d like to see put to good use, let me know in the comments and I’ll source it or recreate it myself! I’d love to do some of my own upcycling “tutorials”… would that be something people would want to read?

PS: Next week I have an exciting post coming up for any budding upcyclers, crafters or people wanting to make some extra $$$ with their upcycled projects, so stay tuned!!

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