Decorated Tech Cords Project

by Robyn Wright on December 4, 2013

in Tech

How about a fun and easy project? Bookmark or pin this now because when the kids are off school for holiday break or stuck inside because of winter weather this will be a great project for them! We all have an abundance of cords these days for our smartphones, tablets, chargers, cameras, and more and they are almost all the same color, black. This project will help you easily identify which cord is which and is fun to make too.

Step 1: Pick out different colored tape. Electrical tape is best, and it comes in a variety of cool colors. Have your child choose their favorites. Think “color coding”. If you have two similar cables, use different patterns or colors to make them easily discernible. You can find electrical tape in the hardware or automotive section of stores and it is usually fairly inexpensive.

decorated technology cords - step 1

Step 2: Wrap your cord slowly from the bottom to the top in whatever pattern or color you and your child choose. We made a winding effect using two different colors, starting with green as our base. Wrap the tape around your power cord, making sure to completely cover the cord itself.

decorated technology cords - step 2

Step 3: Next, take your top layer (we chose yellow) and cut thin strips about ¾ the width of the tape itself. If your child is using scissors to cut the tape, then make sure to supervise your child. Tip – if an adult or teen is doing this you might find using a craft knife on a self-healing mat easier to use for cutting your strips.

decorated technology cords - step 3

Step 4: Wind the thin strip up your cord on top of the colored base.

decorated technology cords - step 4

Step 5: Now your power cord stands out. Repeat with the rest of your cables. Make sure to experiment with different patterns and color schemes to create fun combinations. Match your child’s playroom or bedroom to add a fun, decorative flair to your tech.

decorated technology cords - step 5

Easy and fun, right? If you want to try something other than tape you can take a look at the other wrapped tech cord project I did with embroidery floss. Below is a more pinnable image also that has all the steps combined into one image for you Pinterest fans.

Do you think you will try this project? What colors would you use?

Robyn     spacer

Use colored tape and tech cords for a fun and easy DIY

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  • Robin

    Fun idea! We have extra cords all over the house right now, from the Christmas tree and lights, so anything to help us get organized would be appreciated.

    • Robyn Wright

      We just added a bunch of extras from xmas tree lights yesterday ourselves

  • Ravzie

    That is a great idea to make things a bit easier to figure out! I’ve numbered cords and outlets before, but I like this better.

    • Robyn Wright

      Me too – kind of fun! I like these kinds of projects to work on when I watch TV at night

  • geekbabe

    I’m sharing this with my husband, this looks colorful and will clear up that rats nest of cords behind our desks!

    • Robyn Wright

      I’m bad for not pulling out the old cords from behind the desk – DOH!

  • tannawings

    This actually looks fun and with it you could sure find cords easier. I am not all that techie but my husband has a mess behind his stereo and this would be pretty neat to do!

    • Robyn Wright

      You could surprise him!

  • Patricec

    I find tape at the ends of cords where the most stress takes place is a great way to re-enforce them as well…

    • Robyn Wright

      Exactly! That is why I love using electrical tape for this project

  • mommadjane

    I like the idea of colorful designs better than using clips or zip-ties to organize cords. Good idea!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks! Me too because the tape doesn’t fall off like clips and ties.

  • satrntgr

    Love this – what a great idea. Finally, I’ll be able to tell which is which. Now, if only I can get the colored tape from my son!! :/

    • Robyn Wright

      LOL – kids love tape, don’t they?

  • scentednights2002

    That’s a great idea. Like the colors and a great way to organize.

    • Robyn Wright


  • tara

    That is a great way to tag cords! Very simple too

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Tara!

  • Julie Cohn

    I love this idea! We always have a gnarly twisted mess of cords in our house!

    • Robyn Wright

      Same here Julie!

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