This Christmas season I've been trying to branch out to crafting not just jewelry but into other things that more people would like to have - today I made this earphone cord keeper with free printable packaging to share with you. It's easy, takes up less than an hour of your time and would be a cute stocking stuffer for your techie friend or an accessory for you! :)
What do you need:
Mini Cookie Cutters (in the shape of your choice)
Bamboo stick / really thin dowel
First, knead your clay and flatten it - then cut out your shape. I used this mini gingerbread man because it's so Christmas-y and I felt like it would be appropriate for the season :D
Next, use your sandpaper and dab on the clay until you get the texture of a gingerbread man. Basically, just use whatever materials you have to try and imitate the texture of the object you are making - this step is optional, you can always just leave it smooth. I just wanted to make it look more realistic.
Add your details using a contrasting polymer clay color - here I was trying to imitate icing. I also added an eye pin in case I wanted to attach it to my phone for convenience or something - this also is optional.
Next, poke your hole - after a few tries I realized the sharper end of the bamboo stick would produce a cleaner hole. Upon poking it, the clay would crack. Use the crack as a guideline and cut away two 1-2 mm parallel lines. This would be where your cords will pass through.
Poke two more holes and make two more sets of parallel lines connected to them. Now, check if your cords fit. Cut properly and clean it up. After this, bake according to your clay's instructions. Then you are done! :) Heehee, this looks like a gingerbread man that's bitten in different places o.o
You can do tons of different shapes in different sizes. Download the packaging here. Assembly is like the printable packaging in my previous tutorial.
Yay, I'm almost done my Christmas list. Just a few more days to go... how is your holiday season so far? Leave me a comment and enjoy the rest of the day! :)