DIY Washi Tape Cord


Have you ever quickly grabbed a charger while running out of the house for a trip only to later realize that you grabbed the wrong one?

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It’s been a problem for us ever since Apple switched from the 30-pin connector (which we all had a zillion of) to the new lightening connector. Our iPad uses the new style, but the phones need the old one. Discovering you put the wrong cord in your suitcase when it’s late and youre in a hotel far from home is not a good feeling.

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Here’s a simple, colorful solution – washi tape!

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Wrap the entire cord, keeping the tape at a diagonal angle so that it will overlap itself slightly as you go.

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It’s an easy project to do while watching tv or chatting with friends.

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Plus, it looks really fun!

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Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at


  • Reply February 18, 2013


    really cute. wonder if you could crochet a cord cover (that’s what I thought it was when I first saw the picture).

  • Reply February 19, 2013

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  • Reply February 19, 2013


    One last step – put a small piece of the tape on the matching gadget!

  • Reply February 20, 2013

    joyce werthauer

    Looks like a great idea but…. what is washi tape?

    • Reply February 20, 2013

      Alicia DiRago

      Hi Joyce – Washi tape is a kind of paper tape, often with fun colors of patterns, originally from Japan. It’s kind of like masking tape, but a little thinner so it’s sometimes translucent. It’s very fun (and addicting!) to craft and decorate with. This Buzzfeed article has a lot of fun project ideas:

  • Reply February 25, 2013


    Where can you get cool washi tape online? Where did you get the one you used for this project?

    • Reply February 25, 2013


      Hey Stacy –
      Actually, this washi tape will be available for purchase on Whimseybox later this week! Stay tuned!

  • Reply February 27, 2013


    I thought I had seen everything you could do using washi tape, but this is new! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

    • Reply February 27, 2013


      You’re welcome. I think there is no end to what you can do with washi tape!

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  • Reply January 16, 2014


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  • Reply June 20, 2014

    Katie Probert

    Great idea! I am going to washi up my cables forthwith! No more pretending they are yours, boyfriend! HAHA! X

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