Hacking your own touch-screen gloves will certainly keep your hands warm this winter, but what about your ears? Well, Instructables user Grissini shares a clever trick to mod your existing earphones into a cozy set of earmuffs. He calls them Muff-Fones.
Here's what you'll need:
- Ear muffs
- Sugru (optional)
Disclaimer before you start: The material between the speakers and your ears will likely muffle the sound quality of your headphones--regardless, it's easy to take them out, so think of this more like a headphone-cozy.
Grissini starts by upcycling a cheap pair of earmuffs that grip the back of your head; if you live in New York, you can find these at nearly every street corner, Duane Reade, or subway vendor.
Depending on the headphones you're using for the project, you may need to cut off some of the excess plastic down to get a streamlined shape that will ultimately fit in the earmuffs--Grissini used an old pair of Polaroid earclip headphones, but any over-ear headphone will work.
This is where it gets a bit complicated--Grissini adds a bit of Sugru air-curing rubber to the back of the earpieces to keep the wires organized, but you can probably skip this step if you're already using a simple set, such as the Sennheiser PX100.
Finally, the last step is to make a small incision on one side of the earmuffs that's big enough to fit the headphones. Then just put it all together, make sure the wire isn't obstructed, and head outside to enjoy your new Muff-Fones!
Here's a working video of Grissini's creation.
Check out more photos after the jump, and head over to Grissini's Instructables page for many more DIY projects.