DIY || #22 || Eco-Friendly Plastiband Charger Decorations

Wednesday, May 22

Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!

Pardon my slight delay with DIY projects this past week -- it's my senior week before graduation so I've barely had time to even upload pictures from my camera! Alas, here is this week's DIY which was totally inspired by all things summer, sorbet, and fresh. I'm not quite sure what to call it - is it an embellishment, a decoration, a...colorful thingy? Whatever it is, I decided to spruce up my mac chargers using these vibrant plastibands. I saw them by the check out counter at Blick's Art Supplies and Materials in Boston even though I didn't know what to do with them. I can't remember the last time I actually used rubberbands, but given how colorful these are I just had to find a way to put them to (consistent) use. Inspired by all the Washi Tape charger embellishments (though not pleased with the prices of washi tape!), I wanted to mimic that look using summer flavors. It's such a simple project (took me less than 5 minutes from start to finish) and it is completely customizable based on how you want it to look. Also, apparently, these plastibands are latex-free, 3X stronger than rubberbands, and recyclable - making them much healthier to use for both yourself and the environment (at least that's what it says on the package). Here is what I came out with, let me know if you try it too!
Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!
Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!

Simply unplug the usb cable from your iPad charger and begin sliding on the plastibands. I did each color twice to make the strips appear bigger. Decide on a color pattern and just keep adding bands as you please. The best part about this is that you can always start over, re-do it, change it, and add more colors as often as you like since they are not-permanent and won't leave any sticky residue like with Washi tape. The colors included in the box are red, pink, green, blue, yellow, white, and green. My first color combination was inspired by summer lemons and limes - just use green, yellow, and white. But don't stop there -- make friends and decorate your laptop charger too!
Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!

This next color combination was inspired by a flavor I saw in a local Cambridge ice cream parlor called orange berry sherbert. Sweet and fruity! Happy summer decorating!
Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!

Refresh your mac chargers using colorful plastibands - no more washi tape!

8 comments:

  1. Jennie11:18 AM

    so creative and colorful! love it!!

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  2. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Do you know where else we can buy the bands other than online or at Blick's? I really like them

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  3. Colorful bands! That's very creative!

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  4. T.S. (&ttsnpj;livingeasyblog)12:28 AM

    Love the look :)

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  5. this is such a great idea! We have so many apple cords in our house or when im hanging with friends its always so hard to keep track of which ones are yours. This totally solves the problem!! thanks!

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  6. Anonymous6:38 AM

    Found something similar and saved a trip to the art store - a package of small hair bands in assorted sizes at Walmart. I was using the smaller ones as knitting stitch markers, and never thought to use the larger ones to decorate/identify chargers and the like. Brilliant!

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  7. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Love it!

    I am the owner of the company that makes these Plastibands and our team loves what you have done. SO creative.

    May I use one of your images on our twitter account?

    D. Baumgarten

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    1. Hey there! Thank you so much - I've loved using them!! You are more than welcome to share! :)

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