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Back to School DIY Painted Cord Organizer

August 11, 2016

cord organizer

Can you guys believe summer is almost over? There’s Christmas ornaments on sale already! I had so many plans of ice cream recipes & water games for ctrl +curate that will have to wait. In the meantime, the next big event for some of you is back to school. We’re shifting gears from plant posts and taking a Back to School detour. Let’s kick it off and get started on the organizational right foot with these ridiculously easy & adorable cord organizers.

cord organizer

I love diy’s like this because they’re infinitely customizable. Switch up the elastic color, bead type, length, and these can work as curtain tie backs, electric cord organizers, or pencil round-uppers.

Supplies
paint to decorate
wood beads (I used 10mm)
elastic cord
hot glue

Paint your beads beforehand. I didn’t seal mine because the wood just soaked up the acrylic, but if you’re planning on using them in a more abrasive setting, I recommend sealing beforehand.

cord organizer

Measure out twice the length of the desired finished cord and add an extra inch.

cord organizer

Loop the bead onto the cord. I found it easiest to push the folded end through instead of the two loose ends.

cord organizer

Tie ends off in a simple knot, making sure to leave the extra inch out.

cord organizer
cord organizer
cord organizer
To clean up the end & secure the organizer, draw back one of the ‘bunny ears’ back through the wood bead. Apply glue directly to the knot while letting some of the glue go back into the bead. Trim the threaded bunny ear and loose end once the glue is completely dry.

And what kind of glue should you use? Anything that has ever messed up your clothing. I know from many years of diy-ing that once hot glue hits fabric, it’s never budging. So I went with that. Turning mishaps into learning moments over here.

cord organizer
cord organizer
cord organizer

And here’s an off the cuff pic of how I actually use these guys around the house. They keep my lighting cords nice and off the ground when I’m too lazy to pack away the studio set-up 😉

New Back to School posts will be posted once a week for the next month and topped off with a dorm room tour courtesy of my sister, so keep an eye out!

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