Industrial Remote Control Holder

Now that the mancave is nearing completion, Hubs has been enjoying his new TV in total bliss. What isn’t blissful is the myriad of remotes he needs to operate everything and the places he leaves them. They are an eyesore when they’re laying on the couch or scattered around the room, but can quite literally be a pain in the derriere when I accidentally sit on one!

When I looked on Pinterest for some awe inspiring ideas, I couldn’t find a single one. As a matter of fact, every remote control holder was downright ugly and utilitarian.

Hubs has built a few items for his new digs out of black iron gas pipe so what better way to tie it all together than to make him a remote control holder out of the same material?

We found a great source for 1/8″ pipe and fittings; as a matter of fact we bought out the company’s entire supply just so we could play with a few other ideas too!

I started playing with the configuration, size and scale of the holder. Once I had a configuration I was happy with, I scrounged around my craft studio for something to support the remotes in the centre. For that I found two different widths of horsehair braid (the type that’s used to trim the inside of a hat).

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I applied the narrow braid on top of the wider one, which acted as a backing, and secured them both to one side of the pipe. Then I measured my remotes to determine how big the opening needed to be for each one. I left slack in the top piece to accommodate each remote and fastened it to the backing it with a pin so I ended up with ‘loops’. I fastened the braid to the other side of the pipe, again using a pin.

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I slid the braid off of the pipes, then I used a very specialized piece of equipment to permanently secure it where I placed my pins – a stapler! It not only does the trick, but it works well with the industrial look I was going for.

The tricky part was getting the remotes to rest properly on the bottom of the pipe since it is curved. I had an epiphany that solved my dilemma – magnetic hooks! Magnets stick to iron and I remembered I had some in my stash.

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Luckily I had two packs, because I needed four of them! By positioning the magnets on the back of the pipe along the bottom, and tilting it toward the back, it gave me the perfect angle to rest the remotes on.

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Here’s how it looks from the back:

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Here’s a sneak peak of the mancave and the remote control holder – you’ll see more of the mancave on the video! I’ll have the full Mancave reveal on my sister blog, Birdz of a Feather Home, soon.

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By the way, the remote control caddy is now right beside the couch in my Husband’s mancave so his remotes are close-at-hand – not by the TV as shown in the picture above and video below. I only positioned it by the TV for ease of filming it in use 🙂

Watch the video to see just how easy this industrial remote control holder was to put together!

Speaking of the Mancave, now that it’s done, we’ve remodelled the TV room upstairs too. Here’s a before and after shot of what we did to our corner fireplace.

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You can find the remodel here.

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If you haven’t already subscribed to my Youtube channel, click this link. I’ve got videos of all my cool projects – including a time lapse video of how I did this duct tape pop art portrait  of Elvis. I’ll be posting a full tutorial on the how-to once I get more subscribers to my Youtube channel, so if you want to see it, subscribe today!

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NOTE: For anyone who isn’t crafty but is interested in purchasing a remote ready made, I’m now selling these in my brand new Etsy Shop at this link. I’ll be making these to order, but only black-on-black – not the black/white combo shown here.

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Duct Tape Pop Art Portrait

Watch the video of me making a duct tape portrait to reveal whose portrait I’m making.

All you need is duct tape in about 9 different colours (the more, the merrier), scissors, a piece of foam core or plastic for the backing and a paper cutter (the paper cutter is optional).

When I can get 50 subscribers to my Youtube channel, I will post the full how-to tutorial right here on Birdz of a Feather so you can make one too.

Sharing the video in your social media groups will help me get to 50 new subscriptions faster, so help make that happen!

See you back here soon for the full tutorial and don’t forget to follow me here on Birdz of a Feather (link in the footer or on the Homepage) or on Bloglovin’ (link below)! If you follow, you’ll get an e-mail next time I post a new  project (and maybe it will be full instructions for this one)!

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Dental Floss Sewing Kit Hack

Who hasn’t had a button pop at an inopportune time? Over the weekend when my own button popped I then had to search for the scissors, thread and sewing needle which were scattered around my studio. That night, I finished off a container of dental floss and had an epiphany: what if I made a portable sewing kit using the empty container? It already had a built in ‘thread’ cutter and I could store thread and a needle all in one convenient spot!

Here’s a video of the process, followed by a full tutorial:

First I peeled off the lable from the face of the container.

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I reused the little tube that the dental floss was originally on by gluing a grommet to either end so I could wind some thread on it.

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Only add small dots of glue to hold it on temporarily. If you add too much glue, it will be difficult to pry off later.

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Once the grommet was glued, I wound on some black thread. The grommet keeps the thread from falling off the edges as it’s being wound.

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After the thread is on the spindle, the grommet can be removed; it will interfere with the closing mechanism of the container if it’s left on.

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The next step is to add a sewing needle to store with the thread; after all, it’s not a kit without the needle. I cut a small piece of elastic – although you could also use a piece or ribbon or something similar. I added a dot of hot glue to one side of the container, turned the end of the elastic under and glued it into place.

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I then brought the elastic over to the other side, once again turning under the end, and secured it with another dot of glue.

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Now I had something to attach the needle to so it wouldn’t jiggle around the inside of the kit when it was stored – or fall out when it was opened!

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After removing the grommet from both ends, I put the ‘bobbin’ on the spindle with the thread running counter clock-wise.

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I lined up the thread with the hole in the top of the container and snapped it shut.

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All you have to do is pull and cut the tread the same way you would dental floss whenever you need it.

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When you’re done sewing, just return the needle to the container and snap it shut again.

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I printed out a lable to add to the front so you can’t mistake its use!

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Now the next time a button pops, or a hem falters, I have a readily accessible kit ready to go! You could make a few kits up with different colour threads (at least black and white), or merely save the tubes and wind on different colour threads so they are interchangeable in the one kit.

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Once the kit was complete, I swapped out the lable for some Letraset letters. They were actually too large for the container so I cut and sculpted them around the lid by applying some Mod Podge to seal them on. I love how the red coordinates with the container. Now you really can’t miss it!

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A kit like this would be great to carry in a purse for minor sewing repairs on the fly. It would also make a great travel item. Airports don’t allow scissors on board a plane, but I don’t see why this little kit wouldn’t be acceptable for air travel. However if you get stopped at airport security, you’ll have to let me know!

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