Friday, February 10, 2012

Friendship Ear Buds

I first saw this idea on pinterest, and loved the look!  Anie, of SassyBudsz, has opened an etsy shop selling friendship ear buds.  Check out her shop here.  SassyBudsz also has a blog and a facebook page.  Check it out!  Her product is great and the price is right.  When she sends me my multicolored ear buds I'll post a picture to share.  Thanks Anie!  

This craft brought me back to making friendship bracelets on warm, sunny days at family camp.  Oh, memories...
All you really need is some string, and ear buds.  Also, scissors and some super glue.
 To get started: tie the string onto the end of the cord with a knot.  Leave a tail that is a couple of inches long.  Keep this tail parallel with the cord and it will get covered up as you go.  
Step 1: Bring the string under the ear bud cord leaving a loop on the right for your hand to fit through.
 Step 2: Reach through the loop, grab the ball of string, and pull it through.
 Step 3: Pull the string tight against the cord, as you can see in the next two pictures:
 It's as easy as that!  Continue on down the cord until you are done.  At the end, cut off the string leaving an inch long tail.  Wrap the tail around the cord and glue in place with super glue, or other glue of your choice.
Have a good weekend!

Here are the multi-colored Sassy Budsz that Anie sent me in the mail.  They are perfect!

41 comments:

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    1. I think I should really try tatting! I might need a lesson soon.

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  2. So cute! Your music will be 10x friendlier now.

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  3. If you had to guess, about how much string do you end up using? I LOVE this idea! So cute!

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    1. Hmm...I don't know for sure, but I can say that the ball of string in the pictures was partially used on other projects before I started, and after I finished the ear buds, there was still quite a bit left.

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  4. I can't do it.... :(

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    1. Oh no! Really? If you can describe where you are getting stuck, maybe I can help. Feel free to email me at crownhilldaybyday(at)gmail.com

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  5. how do you split it into two for the two bud strands?

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    1. Great question. I didn't explain that part at all! When I got to where the main cord splits into two, I just went down one of the smaller cords until I reached that ear bud. Then I cut the string and glued it in place. For the other strand I started a new piece of string just like I started the original piece of string by tying it on the cord near the split and continuing on up towards that ear bud. I hope I explained that clearly. Please let me know if you have any questions about that. I feel like I'm being wordy.

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    2. that makes sense, thanks!

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    3. I was wondering.. Would it be possible then to use two separate colors at the beginning and then have them split off into individual colors for each separate earpiece?

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    4. Certainly! That would be cute!

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  6. Too cute Lori, might have to try it!

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  7. Hi! I just started doing this today and I must say, it's quite easy after you get that first one going!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Yes! Totally! I'm happy to share the idea (even though it wasn't mine originally). :)

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  8. i really love this idea except i still don't get how to do it:( but thx lori for inspiring me to try and do this. god bless you

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    1. I'm sorry you weren't able to do it. I wish I could explain so that is made sense for you! Maybe you can buy some on chozen's etsy site instead. :)

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  9. Oh Thanks! It's very easy and pretty!

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    1. Great! I'm glad it worked for you!

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  10. Does this make the earbuds heavy and more likely to fall out?

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    1. It does make them a little heavier, but mine have never fallen out.

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  11. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It was so easy to follow. I'm so excited: no more tangling; I'm pretty sure this will extend the life of my ear buds and now they are just so pretty!

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  12. Just found this. It looks amazing i Wil go to the store tomorrow to buy my string :)

    New follower!

    http://dianaluv.blogspot.com

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  13. a good tip is to keep the knots from coming undone at the ends is to cover the tips with some sort of gloss, i just use clear nail polish and it words very well

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  14. how long did it take you to do this? im going on 4hrs now and im only half way done

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  15. I think it took me about 6 hours total. I imagine it would take less time with more practice, but I'd honestly rather buy my next pair from SnazzyBudsz instead of making more.

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  16. Hi! This is a great idea. I'll take a picture of my finished project when I successfully did this :)

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  17. Oh my gosh you just changed my life! I have a cat who ALWAYS chews on my earbuds. NO MATTER where I leave them, he will find them! I've been through SIX pairs in two months! I 've been looking everywhere for SOME way to fix it. This is PERFECT! Thank you SO much!

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  18. This makes no sense -.- i can not seem to do this no matter what i try

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  19. I'm sorry! Must be frustrating! You can always buy some from Sassy Budsz.

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  20. I just did this with my earbuds this weekend. I only did up to the split though because of the volume controls and other clips. I used embroidery floss and the colors match my case.
    As far as how to do this, it's the same concept as the friendship bracelets many girls make as kids. Pretend the cord is the other strands in a friendship bracelet. Make a 4 with the string, with the -- part going over the cord. Flip/wrap the string under the cord and bring up the end through the triangle opening (of the 4) and pull tight. I don't know if that makes more sense that the description above...it's the same idea, just in different words. Hope this helps!

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  21. is there anyway you can do a youtube video or something? i'm so confused.

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  22. I tried this, and it took me over 3 hours to finnish

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  23. It looks really great, Cindy! A good ear bud should be able to provide high-quality sounds while protecting the user from damaging his/her ears. The flat wire is really handy since it prevents your earphones to entangle. Thank you for this post! :)

    Darren Mcandrews @ Ear Peace

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