If you're an iPhone user like I am, you know that their chargers aren't the most reliable. They're unreliable. Liars even. They act like they're going to be there through thick and thin when things are brand new. And then when the going gets tough, they just flake on you. No, literally. The wire starts to unravel in flake like death that makes no sense at all. It looks something like:
After going through this far too many times, I decided to go back to the basics and get into some DIY. Not only is it going to make your charger cute, but durable so that you don't have to worry about it unraveling in 3 months.
Here's what you'll need:
4 to 5 colors of embroidery thread (two packs of each color - I wanted an ombre effect so I chose different shades of pink, but whatever colors you want are fine) scissors sharpie (not shown - to mark measurements)
Once you decide what order you want your colors in, take the first color of embroidery thread and tie it in a knot around the very end of the charger. Then very neatly, wrap the thread around the charger. Bring it down very slightly each time you wrap it around so the thread lays flat (and doesn't bunch up).
My iPhone charger is 48 inches long and I have 5 different colored threads so I measured each color to be 6 inches. (Meaning, I'd repeat 3 colors once.) Measure your charger and mark it where you want each color to end. Once you reach your mark, leave about 3/4 of an inch of thread out and then cut it. (You don't want to tie a knot because it'll make it look lumpy.)
To start a new color, tie thread in a knot around the charger with the slack of the end of the previous color in the knot so it lays flat. Then wrap the thread to hide the slack and repeat the wrapping process until you meet your measured mark. Don't worry if pieces of thread peek through your wrap. You can snip off loose ends later. Your main focus should be that no white (charger) shows.
Repeat the process changing colors every time you meet your measured mark. Once you reach the end with your last color, tie it in a tight knot around the end of the charger. Cut off any stray ends to make your wrapped pattern look as neat as possible.
Honestly, your charger will now be as sturdy as a rope. The wrapping process is easy, but fairly tedious, so expect for it to take you an hour to hour and a half.
Have you tried this? I'm totally loving how durable my charger is!