Macrame earbuds

look familiar?

I heard about this thing that people are doing to stop their earbuds from tangling, and when I found out how they did it, I was delighted.

It’s macrame, of course! How cool is that?

Macrame is someting that I did a LOT of (and I do mean a lot) when I was a kid, so covering my earbud cords with macrame was a breeze, and I think you’ll think so, too.

What you do is this:

  1. starting at the plug end, take the end of your macrame material of choice (I like using embroidery floss, but you could use crochet thread, or just whatever you think will be thin enough to be workable) and just tie a square knot aound the first bit of cable after the plug part.
a square knot around the cord

2. use a basic macrame loop  and pull tight around the cord. It’s easiest to just make loops big enough to put the skein or ball of whatever you’re using through the loop. Keep the tail flat against the cord, so that it gets tied against the cord, and doesn’t stick out.

The tail of the original knot is shown in blue.

 3. You’ll take the material first behind the cord, then around clockwise to the front, then through the loop you formed. Repeat this knot indefinitely, keeping the material reasonably tight, so that the ridges on the side of each knot will form spiral “threads” around the cord, like the threads of a screw.  You can reverse the direction of the spiral by just making the knot in the other direction. This can make some cool zigzags, too.

 4. When you get to the split, (if you haven’t run out of material. I usually use about 2 things of whatever I’m using) you can just go up one side, cut off, and then go up the other side.

The method I like even better is just to cut off at the split, then to start again at the end that you stick in your ear, right at the base of whatever’s there, and just go down to the spit, then straight across the split and on up the other side.

After you’re all done, you’ll have something like this:

I love this so much, I’ve been doing all my earbuds this way. They NEVER tangle. Even if they get to where they could, they don’t grip in the same way, so you can just get them apart without any trouble.

Let me know how it works out for you! 🙂

 

 

I’m back!

Sorry I was gone so long, everyone, but I was on my honeymoon. 🙂

Yep, I got married!

me and my husband, right after our wedding. 🙂

Anyway, we did a lot of DIY things for the reception, so I thought I’d tell you lovely people of the internet all about how we did it!

1. My hairpiece:

just get a really long necklace from a thrift store, and loop it twice. take out the excess length, and link the loops together with a jump ring or two. With mine, there was only one layer of necklace in the back, but two up front. We secured it in my hair with some pearl spinners. 🙂

2. Paper flowers:

See? Paper flowers and Trees. but more on the trees in a bit.

 

 

 

 

The paper flowers, we found online.

http://www.aplaceforusblog.com/2011/10/brown-paper-flowers-tutorial.html

It’s pretty simple, and it’s a lovely way to dress up some plain walls.

3. Trees!

If you have a place to cut down some saplings/limbs, you can collect a few (I didn’t cut any taller than about 8 feet, but it’ll depend on how high your venue is) and wind white twinkle lights loosely on your trees. It looks lovely! stand them up in buckets of pea gravel (Do NOT use sand. Do not. Seriously. No.) and just cover up the buckets with tulle or solid colored tablecloths. It looks so good, and it’s super low budget.

you could also twine on some flower garlands (which you can get really cheap at garage sales, as long as they’re in good condition)

4. Centerpieces:

For the cake table, we just put my bouquet in a clear vase, and it looked lovely. Besides, who wants to carry that thing around? It’s not just for photos!

For the guest tables, we had solid colored runners on white tablecloths, and these lovely things in the middle.

For these centerpieces, just get some silk flowers, and glue gun the petals on the outside of glass votives. Then all you have to do is put lit tea lights inside. (or the electric tea lights, if you can’t have lit candles in your venue) Then, just cluster some silk ivy garlands around a few of these.

 

An easy way to “Plarn”!

I know that plarn may sound like a magical land, but in fact, it is plastic yarn!

You may have heard that method of cutting a plastic bag in even strips, and that’s all well and good. But if you’re like me, when you get an idea for a project, you just want to get started immediately.

So, here’s how you get quick plarn:

Yep, a VHS!

All you do is: unscrew ALL the screws (there are 5 of them) and push the button on the side to open them up.

the button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that, you just pull out both spools, make sure it’s all wound to one of the spools, then cut the tape off of the empty spool.

the gauge is about a J hook. Enjoy!