Phone charger cords – one of the most necessary pieces of tech equipment that you rarely think about. We’re all attached to our phones, like it our not, and we use them for everything – email, social media, taking photos, I can even write a blog post from my phone! But a phone’s no good without a charger to keep it running. I decided to spruce up my phone charger cord and give it a little DIY love. Because who doesn’t love making useful things pretty?
This is a super easy project and you’ll probably recognize the technique if you’ve ever made friendship bracelets – it’s the same steps that you would use to make a Chinese Staircase bracelet. You can easily and mindlessly work on this project while watching your fave TV show or listening to an audio book, or even on a car ride.
DIY Wrapped Charger Cord Materials
- phone charger cord
- embroidery floss in various colors
Wrap a piece of embroidery string around the top of your charger cord and tie a knot.
Dab a bit of glue onto your knot to keep it in place. You can use anything from tacky glue to hot glue – just be careful to only use a tiny drop!
To make the Chinese Staircase wrap pattern, start by making a figure ‘4’ with your embroidery floss by bring the string over the top of your cord.
Ball up the rest of your string and wrap it underneath the cord and through the loop you’ve created on the left side of the cord like so:
Then simply pull your string up and tighten it around your charger cord. Repeat steps 3-5 by making the figure ‘4’ shape, and pulling your embroidery floss through the loop and up. A “staircase” pattern will emerge on it’s own as you wrap and pull.
(Optional) If you want to change colors (or run out of embroidery floss), you can easily change colors or add more length. Simply tie off the old color and knot, and then knot a new piece of string on slightly above where your old color ended. Then continue to wrap as seen in steps 3-5. You can wrap around the ends of tied on strings so you don’t have to cut any excess off! Once you get to the end of your project, simply knot off and dab with a little more glue so everything sticks in place.
Though this is an easy project, it can certainly be a time-consuming one, especially if you have a long phone charger. Mine definitely took me several hours, but I almost didn’t even have to look at what I was doing after a while and could focus on Netflix haha. A couple hours later and here we have a DIY pretty phone charger cord!
I really love the playful colors (I used leftover string from my DIY tassel garland!) and ropey texture my phone charger now has. Instead of being a boring necessity it is now a fun accessory that looks pretty on my nightstand (or my gold chevron Ikea hack table)!
It was really fun to put my old school friendship bracelet skills to use to beautify my phone charger 🙂 It’s the perfect project for a rainy day and I bet a lot of teens would love doing it!
If you like to watch videos while learning something new, I also made a little video tutorial that you can check out below:
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This is such a cool idea, Erica!!!
Thanks so much, Nicole! I love how it looks 🙂
Freaking adorable! Love it.
Aw thanks so much! I definitely feel hip and fancy whenever I charge my phone now 😉
it takes fucking forever
haha, yes it does. Good for a rainy day if you are super bored!
Hey! Any idea about how many yards you used for this?
What about overheating? Did you experience any problems with that?
Thanks for this! I always have trouble following online guides for doing things like tying knots so the pictures were a huge help.