DIY: Nail Polish Colored Headphones

I'm thrilled to partner with The Washington Post for today's DIY tech project! Each year, they create a great holiday tech guide where readers can find tips on scoring the best gadgets for the techies in their lives. This year, they're featuring DIY tech gift ideas and I'm so excited to be a part of it.

If you're planning on buying a phone, tablet or laptop for any of your loved ones this year, you could craft up a pair of colorful headphones to go along with it! I always love receiving gifts with a personal touch. For this easy DIY project, nail polish and some masking tape is all you need! Especially since you've probably got some colors that haven't made an appearance on your nails for a few years, it's time to put them to use!

P.S. Check out my DIY bubble mailer tablet case and cork tablet sleeve for more tech projects. 

• Headphones
• Variety of nail polish colors
• Clear nail polish
• Masking tape
• Clothespins

• Tape off various pieces of the headphones. The pieces can vary in distance, from 1/2 inch to a few inches apart. Make sure to firmly press the tape to avoid the paint seeping through.
• Hang the headphones somewhere between two clothespins so that you can easily paint around the entire wire. I hung mine between two vases.
• Using various nail polish colors as you like, paint the exposed pieces of the headphones. Let completely dry.
• Remove the pieces of masking tape. If you do this step while the nail polish is still tacky, it will seep through so be sure it is 100% dry.
• Paint the remaining pieces of the headphones (where the tape used to be). You can either do this freehand or tape it off once again to ensure straight lines. Let dry.
• Add a thin layer of clear nail polish to seal it in and avoid the paint from chipping.

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  1. what a great idea! I HAVE to do this to mine! thanks for sharing!

    Krisi www.krisimiller.com

  2. this is a great idea!

  3. brilliant! now I can make headphones to match the nail polished covered back cover of my phone.

  4. Anonymous4/06/2014

    I so love this am gonna try it soon

  5. Amazing idea, definitely going to try it myself!

  6. Anonymous1/14/2015

    Does this make the headphones stiff? And has there been any chipping or cracking since? :)

    1. Anonymous2/06/2015

      no this is grate

  7. Anonymous8/13/2015

    Love this! I tried to color my headphones with Sharpie once and it didn't work. I never thought of using nail polish! Great DIY.

  8. very cute , good idea... i want to share this... may i?


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