Sunday 14 August 2011

Plug Organizer Tutorial

plug organizer pringles upcycle

I saw a photograph on pinterest that showed a hand made plug organizer, using toilet roll tubes. I automatically thought what a great idea that was. I actually wanted to have my plugs organized where they were also easy to plug into the socket too!  Here is the link of where I originally saw the idea: citygirlgonecoastal By chance, I already follow this blogger, she has some wonderful craft ideas, well worth giving her a visit. Below is her photograph that inspired me.

Now that I have given credit for my project I will show you how I did this.  I will give a step by step guide with some photos also thrown in. Firstly my list of materials needed: Empty container, sticky back plastic, stickers, pen and scissors/scalpel.

Step 1: Find empty tube container (any kind of container could do really!) make sure that it is cleaned out.

Step 2: Measure your container and cut out some sticky Back Plastic (or other alternative covering) to cover the container.
Step 3: Cover the box with your sticky back Plastic.
Step 4: Cut some holes ( I cut a cross shape) so that the wires can easily slide through the container. You need to have matching holes on the opposite side of the container so the wire comes out of the other side. The amount of holes depends on how many plugs and the size of your container.
Step 5: Place the end of the first plug through the bottom hole and then through to the next hole opposite, scrunch the remaining part of the wire into the hole until the plug is touching the container. Repeat with each plug. All the lengths of the wire end up scrunched inside the container (unseen).
Step 6: Write on the stickers which plug is which if you don't already know, I often know the plug but not which end, that is why it is great that each end is opposite the plug so you don't get them mixed up! Place the sticker onto the correct plug.

Step 7: Attach the lid to the container to keep all those wires under control. Finished!

I have been using this system for a few weeks now and it is brilliant! I was so tired of all the plugs and wires getting tangled up. These are the plugs from the kids phones and nintendo ds games which were constantly being untangled every few days. This is a great upcycling craft too, less for the rubbish bin! Below is another close-up photo of my plug organizer.

This week I am linking this post with the following link parties / blog hops:
 TipMeTuesdayButton Katie's Nesting SpothomeworkBeneath the Rowan TreePassionately ArtisticConfessions Of A Stay At Home MommyStrictly Homemade TuesdayRhinestone BeaglebuttonMonday Monkey Hop at Mommy of Two Little MonkeysPink Hippo Party


  1. Oh my gosh, I love just love this idea, I need to get more wires and Pringle tubes! Just as well they are on offer in Sainsburys, only gonna get them for crafting, not the eating!

    And you've reminded me I need to find my DS charger today, thank you!

    This is a seriously great idea, much better than mine!

  2. They are so neat and tidy now!

  3. I Love this idea...going to try this with my kids Ds chargers...that they can never find...
    following you from Monday Monkeys blog hop..

    Love it if you decided to follow my blog.

  4. Nice to know I'm not the only one addicted to pinterest :) I love this idea and will be implementing soon as a way to keep little fingers of cables. Thanks!

  5. What a great idea! I'll have to try it. Thanks for coming by my blog. Following you back.

  6. Wonderful idea! I'll have to try this very soon. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm a new follower of yours! I love crafts. Can't wait to see more!


  7. now you really had your thinking cap on! I'm very impressed with this idea. I just started a new link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you'd join up with this.
    have a lovely day, Maria

  8. Clever!!

    I awarded you the Versatile Bloggers Award...

    Check it out at

  9. Great idea and an excuse to eat PRINGLES! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  10. This is such a simple and elegant idea! My computer desk in the kitchen has so many room! You have given the perfect solution...just wish I liked Pringles...LOL

  11. This is genius!! You should see the mess of cords under my computer. It's horrible... now I have a solution for it! Thank you for following my blog and on Facebook. I'm now following you too!
    Have a great day! I'm off to eat a can of Pringles :)

  12. What a great idea for the mess of wires and plugs we all seem to have somewhere in the house!

    Thanks for linking to the Creating Success Worldwide blog hop!! Hope you'll come back again next week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. super fab idea! definitely giving this a try! so glad i hopped over from blue cricket...hugs sweetie!

  14. This is an A-W-E-S-O-M-E idea....
    We would love to have you link up with us next Tuesday! Carfty Lassie Tuesday
    Heather and Rose

  15. Fantastic!!! You're such a smarty a good way! Thanks for the visit and the follow. Following you back!! Have a great day!!

  16. That's great! I need to deal with our computer-related cords. We have a laptop w/ external mouse, KB, printer, skype phone... plus I often plug in my camera or MP3 player. And it shares a Power Strip with all the internet and phone stuff. LOTS of courds for my little exploring baby to pull. The best thing I did was label the USB ends with silver pen, so even when they're tangles I know what's what without tracking its source, but I REALLY need a USB hub.

  17. Thanks for becoming one of my followers...I am trying to figure out if a Crystal Light can would work for this.....I just can't bring myself to eat a pringle...I eat chips....just not pringles....Oh Well.

  18. That is a great idea! I love anything that gives me an excuse to buy Pringles!

  19. what a fabulous idea ,thanks for popping in to my blog and becoming a follower i am following you too ,i have enjoyed my visit to your blog and will be back
    tracey x

  20. Love this idea! And thanks for stopping by! I love pinterest too.


  21. Karima, believe it or not, I have got the same foil just WAITING to be used! You are a star, finally there's a reason to get it out.
    How is Ramadan going for you? I hope your body adjusted well and you get to enjoy this special time. I admire everybody who manages to adhere to it- I know it would be incredibly difficult for me, and I reckon I might not have the stamina to last. All the best to you, my love, I'm off to make some rather nifty cable organizer!

  22. Wow, so many positive comments, thank you to you all! I am having vivid images of all these amazing bloggers sitting by their computers eating their way through boxes of Pringles! My Ramadan is going great, thanks for asking, I really need to update my other blog on how things are going for me, thanks for reminding me. Thank you everyone, Karima x

  23. I am visiting after you commented on my Vintage Fabrics Post....thanks so much for stopping. Love your blog!

  24. I need to try this! I'm following you now as well :)

  25. Who would have thought to use a Pringles can for that? Great job! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am now following you on GFC and Facebook. I would love a follow on Facebook if you have not already. I know some people are hesitate to follow unless asked. I am trying to get that 500 magic number for more reviews. Don't know why they want FB numbers but you gotta do it if you want more review offers. Thanks again for stopping and have a great weekend!


  26. Wow! What a fab idea! Thank you for following my blog, your's is brilliant! If you want to enter my candy you have to leave a comment on the candy post here

    I have become a follower.

    Hugs Hazel xx

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  28. What a great idea using the stickers!! Love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you back!
    Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life

  29. That is just great!! I need to do this so bad for the back of Greg's big desk! Maybe I'll find him some "manly" paper! Lol! Thank you so much for linking up to It's a Party!

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  32. this is such a brilliant project! i reckon everyone needs one of these at home!


  33. wow what a clever idea. i love it. cord clutter drives me nuts!!

  34. this is fun and useful!
    Really nice!

  35. Intelligent idea and well executed.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

  36. Salaamualayki ukhti,fab idea maa shaa'Allaah.would it be possible for you to show how you cut the cross for the plugs to go in the tube.i dnt quite understand how to cut it? thanks


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