Tuesday

DIY ANTI-DUST PLUGS

Okay, so anti-dust plugs. They are everywhere in Korean stationary stores. I have no idea where they came from or who thought of them, but I do know they are super pricey for what they are, averaging $6  for a charm on a plug.

I got a whole bag of plugs for like $3 off ebay. What are anti-dust plugs? They are plugs that fit into your headphone jack, apparently made to keep out dust.

Then I guess someone thought of gluing something cute on top.

To be upfront, I know these are totally unnecessary and frivolous accessories. And potentially annoying if you use headphones. But they are fun and it's another way of customizing your phone, esp. if you don't have a charm hole. Plus they are super easy and cheap to make.

I made 4 different kinds.



one
geo



  • Plugs (bought mine here)
  • Geo beads (tutorial here)
  • Glue






  1. Put glue on plugs
  2. Stick to bead
  3. Let dry











two
flower













three
beads







Choose which way you want your beads to lay.








four
cell phone straps








  •  cell phone strap (bought mine from Michaels)
  • plugs
  • charms/beads
  • headpins










Before finishing your loop, attach it to the jumpring from the strap.




You can take any strap and thread it through the plug.








Done!









Thanks for reading!

25 comments:

  1. They are used as stylist...use them to text with if your fingers are too large. The stylists come with a rubber tip and plug into the earphone jack. Some hang from a cord, and they come in different sizes. I just bought on that plugs into the charger port. I have trouble texting and these are gr8!

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    1. Cool! I tried to use the plugs I bought as a stylus, but they didn't work ;( next time I'll look for the stylus ones, it makes them a little more practical haha. Thanks!,

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    2. Anonymous is wrong, here are the plug style WITH a stylus, but the plug isn't a stylus itself.

      http://www.iphone-cases4u.com/product_info.php?products_id=4194

      Or this kind that isn't looped over:

      http://www.amazon.com/Dustproof-Earphone-Jack-Stylus-Plug/dp/B0079J0PM8

      But some of them are just plugs with pretty stuff, not all are styli (plural for stylus)

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  2. Where did you get your flowers and antique charms? And where did you find the Cell phone strap?
    Didn't know th stoppers had holes. Really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I bought the flowers off The Plaid Barn whenever the deals came up, but go on etsy and you can find flower cabochons. Just search 'flower cabochons' and you can find a huge selection.

      The charms I got in Korea, but you can also find them on etsy.

      The cellphone straps are from Michaels, but you can get them for big quantities and cheaply on eBay.

      Yeah me neither! Not until I looked them up on eBay and saw the holes.

      Thanks!

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  3. Hello,
    Very goods ideas ! Thx. But where I can buy the same flowers as you ?

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    1. I got my flowers from The Plaid Barn, but you can find them on Etsy just search 'flower cabochons'. Thanks!!

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  4. I LOVE the skull one! I just bought a little sparkly pink bow charm off amazon the other day. I had no idea that you could make your own though! Thanks for sharing, I'm so doing this!! :]

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  5. Can you give me an exact link for the dust plugs I can't find them. :(

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    1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Free-Shipping-200pcs-White-Dustproof-Plug-Ear-Cap-Accessories-For-Cell-Phone-/251145928770?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item3a7976c042

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  6. Omg! I thought I was the only one!! When I tried to cut them while "raw" the got squished and deformed. At best the edges were straight but rounded. I got so frustrated!

    Thanks for this tutorial! Hadn't thought of cutting them baked! I will be trying to make them again soon

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  7. I love it! I also love the little flowers, they would make great earrings!

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  8. Thank you for showing this, I was about to buy a few cute ones, then I found out that I can make my own. I was wondering what glue can you use? Does a hot glue gun work or is that too hot?

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    1. I'm sure hot glue would be fine! I used E6000.

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  9. Wow!really nice work!!so cute <3
    Can I ask you something? Is E6000 a strong glue and how much time does it take to stick?

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    1. Thank you! e6000 works well for me, but I've gotten emails about it and I've been looking into substitutes. Maybe try hot glue? It will stick pretty fast, but usually curing time is about 24 hours. Again, thanks! <3

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  10. Those are super cute! But I have to ask before I make one. If I use the cell phone strap can I actually hold my phone from it if jogging or running into the store real quick? Or are they just for looks? Thank you!

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    1. Hey Becky, thanks~ I honestly wouldn't hold it from the strap while jogging or running... You can always test wiggling it by the strap on your bed as an experiment?

      I've seen wristlets sold attached to the dust-plug, and those seem sturdy, but only to the point of where maybe you can pull your phone out of your purse by it?

      I'll give it a whirl when I get home later to test it out, thanks!

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    1. I bought the flowers from the plaid barn - http://www.theplaidbarn.com/ when they were available. You can also find them on etsy - http://www.etsy.com/search?q=Flower%20cabochon&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US <33

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  12. HI
    I love dust plugs and sell them too. Have been buying them as dust plugs itself. Will try making and selling soon :)
    Thanks for the tutorial

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  13. I love dust plugs and sell them too at www.giggles.co.in. Have been buying them as dust plugs itself. Will try making and selling soon :)
    Thanks for the tutorial

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  14. Thank you so very much. I was looking for something and came across the anti-dust plugs and i wound up going from one site to another. next thing i know i found your site. I really do appreciate the information you have shared as it has sparked a lot of creative ideas in me.
    :0)
    Andrea

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