So, this is a fun little project! These Leather Cord Keepers are fairly quick to make and are so very useful! We use them to help identify each other’s charging cables and earbuds, and to corral the tangle of earbud wires that inevitably settles at the bottom of your bag or purse. Not only are they pretty darn functional, but they make a perfect gift! You could whip out a whole passel of these fun and functional DIY cord keepers in a couple of hours.
Materials and Equipment Needed for Leather Cord Keepers:
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- Cricut (I have the Cricut Explore Air 2)
- DIY Monogrammed Cord Keeper Template
- Leather, from Etsy or Michaels. I used the Turquoise and Brown Leather that I purchased at Michaels.
- Brass Round Head Screw Studs (10 mm)
- Cricut StrongBond Everyday Vinyl in Gold
- Regular and StrongGrip Cricut Mat
- Cricut Deep Point Blade and Fine Point Blade.
How to Make Monogrammed Leather Cord Keepers:
A video showing all of the steps to make these DIY Cord Keepers is available at the end of the post.
- Adhere leather to a StrongGrip mat, smooth side down. Use your brayer or similar tool to make sure your leather is fully ‘stuck’ to the mat. If you adhere to the backside of the leather, all the little thready leather pieces will be stuck all over your mat and you will not be happy. PLUS…the smooth side of the leather adheres much better to the mat.
- Download the Template and open Cricut Design Space. Set the material to leather, insert a deep point blade and cut your leather cord keepers.
- Make the tiniest clip on the bottom of the big round cut to enable the button to get through the hole without having to make the hole too big.
(in other news…can we all agree that I am in dire need of a manicure! But the truth is…that’s just not high on my list of things to do)
- Screw the studs into the smaller hole. You may need to enlarge the hole to get the screw in…I used the weeding tool to make the hole just a wee bit bigger.
- Set your leather cord keepers aside while you cut the gold initials out of the gold vinyl iron-on.
- Make sure you mirror your initials before you cut them.
- Cut apart the initials and weed the letters.
- Measure to make certain that your letters are centered and placed where you want them.
- Iron your letters on to your leather cord keepers. Make sure you place a thin towel between the leather and the iron. Set your iron to ‘high’ and turn off any steam function.
- Set the iron over the letters for about 15-20 seconds…carefully test to make sure that the letters have adhered before you pull off the clear cover.
- Tidy up all your cords with your handy and quite spiffy leather cord keepers!
Here’s the video:
With all the traveling we did this summer, we were constantly mixing up each other’s charging cables. Now that I’ve whipped up these babies, we are using them to keep everyone’s cords and earbuds separate.
Plus, if your earbuds always end up in a tangle in your purse, this simple cord keeper will keep them contained.
And these DIY Leather Cord Keepers are my kind of stocking stuffer! They put the FUN in Functional!
So, if you are inclined to organize your electronics cords with these Leather Cord Keepers or need to get started on Christmas gifts, bookmark this page or pin the following image.
Check out these Gingerbread Man Candles which use empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles or these Embellished Market Bags which also use Cricut Iron-On Vinyl for more Cricut projects.
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