Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain2
Fashion Your Ear Buds
I don’t know about you, but I am buying headphones at least every two months. The minions tend to wear out their ear buds, and they easily break. Either the ear pieces break, or the cord breaks and one or both ear buds stop working. Looking for a solution, I thought that applying Perler beads to the buds, would help the cords last longer, and they would be adorable and pretty as well.
I think this is a great teen craft. One of those snow day activities that would keep them working on a fun craft for a couple hours. And they get fashionable, tangle free ear buds out of the craft. Fashion your ear buds! Perfect!
As you can see, both minions really love their new ear buds!.
Here they are all finished. Depending on the bud sets, you can have tight or lose coils that don’t wrap around each other to tangle and pull out the wires. I used a broken reel set – the red buds- had been on a tangle-free coiler that broke. The pink buds were a new pair that I donated to the craft.
You won’t need a bunch of items, this is a pretty easy craft to create.
You’ll need, Perler beads – these are the beads you make into shapes that you iron to slightly melt. They are available in most craft stores. You’ll need a cutting mat, or a cutting board – whatever you have available. A pair of needle nose pliers and a craft knife. And your ear buds.
I say this is a teen craft – even though it involves a razor because we will be using the pliers to keep finger tips away from the sharp edge, but a responsible older kid you trust would be just fine. You should supervise them either way. You will also need a regular pencil (not pictured).
To make this safe, hold the bead with the pliers, and cut down with the razor blade. You will find this is pretty easy to cut through, and you can make your cuts singly or do all your beads at once.
Now take your bead and slip it onto the pencil point, and push the bead up onto the pencil so that it opens the cut in the bead.
Now take your ear bud cord and push it into the open part of the bead, and slide the bead off the pencil, onto the wire. This takes just a little practice, you will quickly learn the feel and be putting the beads on quickly.
All you have to do is decide what your pattern will be.
I used an ombre tone on these – we call them the fire buds.
These I did a double pattern. I used two beads in a large pattern, followed by a single bead pattern. Chose your pattern, or have none. And although I do not have boys, I believe changing the pink to red beads would work terrifically for a male craft. You could create these with other masculine colors for cool buds for boys!
I estimate that these take between 2-4 hours to make, depending on how fast you work.