04.12.13

MAKE IT / 32

cords are one of my biggest pet peeves. we have to bring tons of power cords to run all over the ground when we teach blogshop and they definitely aren’t good looking. it’s hard when you put so much effort into the looks of an event and then the cords come in and mess with it. in our office, there’s cords all over the place too, so we figured we would make them at least look a little better if they have to show…and what’s so great about this project is that it’s VERY simple and you can customize them to match any room!

supplies

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what you’ll need:

• extension cord
• washi tape
• leather scraps
• sew on snaps
• decorative embellishment
• scissors
• thread
• glue
• paper

tape

• cut pieces of tape 1.5 inches long.

• wrap washi tape around cord in irregular increments, we overlapped our tape in some places and next to each other in others.

cords

make the cord organizer:

• create and cut a paper template. we made 3 sizes, 1×5, 1×6 and 1×7 inches.

• trace template on backside of leather and cut out.

• measure 1.5 inches from the ends and mark with a pen, this is where you will sew the snap.

• if you want you can cover the stitching with a flat back embellishment (we found ours at michael’s) and glue on, you could also use a small button or if you have access to a snap setter you can use that as well.

cut

what do ya say? are you going to try this one out for yourself?

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and stay tuned for our office makeover post very soon!

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project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here

124 COMMENTS

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    Shar says:

    I haven’t used washi tape must, but I’ve found that when I use adhesives on projects, that over time dust starts to stick to the edges. Since power cords tend to be in more dust-prone areas, I wonder if that would happen with these?

    These are super fab though. I wouldn’t have thought to decorate power cords! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Iris says:

    What a fabulous idea. I have some annoying black cords i’d love to do this with. Maybe some gold tape for the black cord. Xo

    Myrna says:

    Great idea Bri ! Definitely makes a cord look glam as suppose to hitteous.

    XX-Myrna
    http://Mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

    I love this! I’ve been rearranging my living room/home office and wondering if I could successfully use washi tape to dress up some of my icky computer cords–now I know!

    Sylvie says:

    Bri – you really know how to take creativity to the next level. Nice way to upgrade utilitarian objects. Thx!

    Vicki says:

    This is such a great idea! I really think I may have to do this soon 🙂

    Quinn Cooper says:

    So cute, love this DIY! Cords can be soo annoying, but you’ve just made them a little bit tolerable.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

    Ana says:

    I’m definitely going to try it. 🙂

    Jane says:

    This is a DIY I can get behind. Washi tape is handy!

    Best,
    Jane

    Sandra Costa says:

    That’s so easy to do and the result’s so cute!
    Loved it!
    I’m gonna try it someday.
    x

    http://blogdasandracosta.blogspot.com

    Ashley says:

    I mean, come on. This is genius.

    eeeeeek! No way this is a must do! Cute-cute-cute, thanks for the brilliant idea!

    Bridget says:

    wires are the bane of my existence! (and have you noticed how dudes love them?!) this is the perfect solution for prettifying a necessary evil. absolutely must do. thanks!

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    bri says:

    bridget, i really think guys DO love them. do they make them feel manly or something? ha.

    Anonymous says:

    This. Is. Amazing.

    I’m such a geek for all things colourful and organisational. And this has gone straight to the top of my to do list.

    Thanks!

    xElena @ Randomly Happy

    Peaches says:

    OMG, you genius you!!

    Andi says:

    I love DIYs that turn a permanent eyesore into something beautiful. I’m going to do this to my computer cord! Great idea!

    Emma says:

    The simple ideas are always the best. Love this. Looking forward to trying it myself.

    Sherry says:

    What a great idea! I’m definitely going to try this.

    this is so great, I will definitely try it at home. Tomorrow, actually 🙂 Hate cords, and this is definitely great way to mask them, make them better

    Ras says:

    This is such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Awesome, you guys. Just awesome.
    Ronnie xo

    Kait says:

    this is such a fun/easy/inexpensive idea! i’m glad you shared 😉

    Ann says:

    Now I must get some washi tape! Love this so much!

    Chelsea! says:

    I LOVE THIS!
    SO much!
    Like, I actually want 7,000 extension cords in my place now.

    Bri says:

    this is such a perfect idea!! my husband is like a power cord nazi. every one must be hidden. maybe he’ll ease up if they’re this cute!

    Sarah says:

    This is awesome!!! Definitely going to do this;)
    Xo
    Sarah
    http://atticlace.blogspot.com

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    Justyna says:

    wow ! i just love it. its soo cool idea, i love your blog: )
    you are so inspiring <3

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    Olga says:

    Love love love love this idea!

    What a neat idea! I have more cords than I know what to do with…now to get my husband on board with these creative colors lol

    Cheers!

    Katie

    Latrina says:

    Haha, I would have never thought of this! So cute AND smart. I may have to do this with my computer cords… because they have been overwhelming me! GREAT idea!

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    Jordan says:

    Absolutely love this! I live in a house with a bunch of girls who all have Macs, and people are forever losing/mixing up chargers. This is a perfect way to keep track of mine and make it look cute to boot!

    Anonymous says:

    Amazing idea! I wil use this:) My husband loves and works in technology, so I just know this is going to come in handy:)

    HIlary says:

    Great idea! I’m totally going to try this.

    christian says:

    Where is a good place to buy washi tape???

    erin says:

    Cute! I do wonder if these start looking really ratty/collecting dust after a while? I really think it’s a cute idea though, and will have to give it a try!

    Camille says:

    SUCH A COOL IDEA!!! I hate power cords too- this is a fantastic DIY- I can’t wait to get started!

    https://www.facebook.com/sparkandfizzle

    Alyssa says:

    This is SO awesome!

    rachel says:

    where is the washi tape from ???

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    I would take this one step farther. I have the hardest time figuring out which cord I need to grab to unplug, when there are multiple cords all over the place. I’d use this idea to decorate them, but use a different color for each cord. Voila! Easy to follow the cord from origin to its end!

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