Make: A Beaded Extension Cord.

February 14, 2014

untitled (194 of 196)I found this idea from Remodelista some time ago, and have been wanting to replicate it forever. Honestly, the only thing holding me back was my fear of working with anything electrical, but luckily my sweet husband helped me with that part.

untitled (3 of 18)We live in an old house (hence these terrible wooden, but original, floors). There are very few outlets in the house, aside from a couple of updated areas, so we have to run a lot of extension cords throughout our home. I have been able to cleverly hide most of them behind furniture, but I recently rearranged our bedroom and it left me with little choice but to run an exposed extension cord to plug in my iPhone charger, computer charger, lamp, etc.

untitled (7 of 18) untitled (174 of 196)So I decided to go for it. I ordered 1 and 1/4th inch beads with a 1/2 inch hole from Woodworks, and they shipped in one day. One cord (about 4 ft) used roughly 50 to 60 beads. I purchased lamp wire and the male and female plug ends from Home Depot.

untitled (11 of 18) untitled (14 of 18)For a full tutorial, click HERE to see the original post from Remodelista. I feel obligated to point out that you should definitely research the kind of wire and plugs you need for this project – I will use this cord mainly for low voltage plugs like my phone charger or a low watt lamp, but I was sure to check the voltage on all my items before purchasing the wire and plugs.

untitled (193 of 196) untitled (196 of 196) untitled (5 of 18)I’m so happy with this cord now! It makes me smile every time I look at it.

What projects have you wanted to try but weren’t sure about pulling off?? Oh, and, Happy Valentine’s Day!

8 thoughts on “Make: A Beaded Extension Cord.

    1. thecleverbunny

      Isn’t it awesome? I am so glad I finally did it – i know to some people, exposed cords seems trivial, but to me, it’s the little things that really make a difference in the over all feel of my home.

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  2. Julie

    This looks wonderful! The cords are necessary for many of us but they are so ugly. I recently covered a couple with washi tape – it makes them a bit stiff but they coordinate with my decor so I love them. I may have to try the beaded cord as well and thanks for the tip about researching the power usage first.

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