How to make cheap DIY cable ties

Feb 15, 2018

Adam Rahn

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How to make cheap DIY cable ties

Feb 15, 2018

Adam Rahn

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I had seen some Think Tank Red Whips online earlier this year, and even though they weren’t very expensive to begin with, like most DIYers I thought “I could make those myself….for cheaper.” So I did.

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Materials you’re going to need for this are elastic band or cord (plan on using about a foot per tie but you can make them any length), a pack of spring loaded cable locks, a pair of scissors, a ruler, and a lighter.

(not pictured: lighter and ruler)

The first thing you want to do is measure and cut your cord into 12in segments – you can also do shorter or longer based on what you need.

Once your pieces are cut, take one of them, double it in half, tie a small knot at the end, and tighten it. Then use the pliers to help really tighten the knot.

Then insert the non-knot end through the cable-lock.

Cut off any excess cord and singe with your lighter to keep it from fraying. Repeat with each of your pieces, and you’re done.

These cable ties are a GREAT, and inexpensive tool to have in your kit, and can be used for SO many things. And you can make them as big or as small as you want. At the time of the video the originals were around $15 for a 10 pack (currently they’re closer to $10), but for under $15 you can make 50 of your own.

DIY (50 ties for $12):

Original (10 ties for $10ish):

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9 responses to “How to make cheap DIY cable ties”

  1. Marc Stokes Avatar
    Marc Stokes

    Oooooor, buy a bag of 50 cable ties $1 from dollar tree

    1. Tim Evans Avatar
      Tim Evans

      That was my thought as well. I guess these are good if you repeatedly need to tighten and loosen the cable ties, althought you can get 100 velcro ties for less than $8. https://www.amazon.com/VELCRO-Brand-Black-2-Inch-91140/dp/B001E1Y5O6

      1. Adam Rahn Avatar
        Adam Rahn

        I love velco ties, own a bunch, but even the best velcro ties lose their ‘stickiness’ after heavy daily use – these are meant to last as long as some of your lenses. Just another tool to work with :)

        1. Jimmy Harris Avatar
          Jimmy Harris

          The Velcro will last longer than the elastic in those cords. They’ll also hold better and won’t have dangling parts to get caught up in things.

          1. Adam Rahn Avatar
            Adam Rahn

            Agree to disagree :)

  2. Bruno Pezzimenti Avatar
    Bruno Pezzimenti

    Waste of money and time when you can buy cable ties cheaply anywhere.

    1. Adam Rahn Avatar
      Adam Rahn

      Not reusable ones :)

  3. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    At least we’re seeing a DIY project on DIY Photography.