DIY Headphone Cases

This article, entitled "DIY Headphone Cases," comes from MomsEveryday blogger Chrissy Ensign.

It's August now...and that means I soon have to go back to work. I know my summer days are numbered when I start having dreams about school!

My son, on the other hand, is over-the-moon excited about school starting. We went school supply shopping the other day, and on his list this year was a pair of ear-bud headphones. Clearly this means fun technology will be coming his way in the second grade!

After our purchase, my mind went immediately into "teacher-mode." Where is he going to keep these? Certainly things that you put into your ears will not be shared with the class. How is his teacher going to keep all of those cords from getting tangled? What a nightmare!

After some surfing around on the internet, I found several headphone cases using old mint tins. Thankfully, I am a mint kinda girl. I seem to pop one into my mouth almost every time I get into my car. I figured that we could make one into a headphone case for my son to bring to school. All you need is an empty mint tin, some kid-approved cool duct tap, felt, and a hot glue gun. I figured I'm doing his teacher a favor, right? Start with your handy-dandy empty and clean mint tin. These are my favorites!

Take 2 pieces of duct tape and join them together.

Oddly enough, they didn't have any sports themed duct tape, so we settled on representing the U.S.A. Other than mints themselves, the duct tape was the only special purchase I needed to make for this project. Place your mint tin on top and trace around leaving about a 1/4 inch space between your mark and the tin.

Wrap the edges and repeat on the other side. Don't worry if it looks a little ragged, you will be covering the edges up.

For the edges, you will want to rip/cut strips of the duct tape the appropriate width. Duct tape can be difficult to cut because it is so sticky. I used scissors to start and the ripped the tape in one swift motion. I noticed that the tape rips better from one end, it was a trial and error thing. Practice on a small piece first if you want. I used the true edge of the tape to wrap around my mint tin. This way I was sure to get a nice clean edge at least on one side!

Now these little tins can be loud when they get rattled around. So I figured I would line the inside with felt just to minimize the sound. I took a piece of scrap felt, pressed it into the inside of the tin and traced it. After I cut it out, I used my hot glue gun to put it into place.

If you haven't been in a classroom in a while, allow me to shed some light on what might happen. Your child's teacher says, "Please take out your headphones." Now the kids will get SUPER excited about whatever is about to happen that requires the use of their headphones. Whispers erupt as the kids search frantically in their desks for their headphones, the whispers never really stay whispers. Soon enough it sounds like a carnival in the classroom. Trust me, this happens even to the teachers with the best management! Point being, any extra noise that can be cut out of this transition is appreciated!

About the Author...
Chrissy Ensign
Chrissy was born, raised, and currently resides in the Western suburbs of Chicago.

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