I found this tutorial on Design*Sponge and I HAVE to do this like today! I have a billion extension cords and electrical stuff in my room and I can’t get it out of the way. These braided cords would make my life so much better! But, like Kate says in her post, this braid is not practical. Will I trip over it all the time? Yes. Realistically, will it look as easy as it does in the pictures? Maybe. But I’m willing to try it out.
Do any of y’all have any other solutions to messy electrical cords? What do you think of this braid?
- 3 extension cords (all the same length, 6′ or longer is better)
- masking tape
- 3 skeins of thick/bulky weight yarn
- 3 plastic cord tubes (these can be found at IKEA or most hardware stores in the electrical section)
1. Tuck the end of an extension cord into the open slit of the plastic tube.
2. Tape the tube to the base of the plug to secure the tube to the cord. Continue tucking the entire length of the cord into the plastic covering.
3. Cut the covering to the exact length of the cord. Repeat steps 1–2 for the other two cords.
4. Take the end of one skein of yarn and knot it around the beginning of the first covered cord.
5. Begin wrapping the yarn around the cord, covering all the plastic and tucking the loose end of the yarn into the first few wraps to conceal it. Continue wrapping the cord with yarn. As you do this, you can begin rolling the finished cord into a small loop and securing with a piece of yarn to make wrapping easier. When you get to the end, knot the yarn around the base of the cord and snip off the excess.
6. Repeat with the other two cords.
7. Begin overlapping the cords, one over the other to form a simple braid. Secure both ends by knotting a piece of yarn around all three right near the base.
8. Place the cord in an open area for display, or use anywhere you would normally need extension cords. Don’t place the cords in doorways or anywhere someone might trip.