How to: Make DIY 'Bread Clips' to Organize Your Cables and Power Cords

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Oh ,how we loved the genius idea of using bread clips for power cord labels. However, there are a few problems with running with this hint. First, not every loaf of bread sold has this kind of clip, and, second, if we want to label all our power cords in such a fashion our carb intake will skyrocket. To circumvent these hiccups, we're going to make our own "bread clips," and get those cables organized!

What'cha need:

  • a scissors
  • a hole punch
  • a milk jug--or some facsimile thereof--rescued from the recycling bin

What'cha do:

Rinse out the milk jug if you haven't already done so, and cut out the sides--or any flat parts, really.

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Cut those flat sections into 1" x 3/4" rectangles, and then punch a hole at one short side about 1/8" from the edge.

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Punch a second hole above the first, and, using the scissors, cut a slit in the bottom through to the first hole punched. You can even clip the corners of the rectangle for a more 'authentic' bread clip look.

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Use a fine-point sharpie to annotate the label. Make sure you let the ink dry completely before handling.

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(Hat tip to Designing Mom for the inspiration!)

POST UPDATE: Curbly reader, Reuven, had another great idea and forwarded a pic. Cut a longer strip and, instead of just punching ONE hole, punch one at EACH END cutting into the holes for access. That way the tag won't slip down or spin on the cord as much. 

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Denise Chavez on Jul 01, 2015:

Genius,genius,genius....Thanks a lot

Bianca on Jun 18, 2014:

thank you so much! I was just dreading the thought of having to collect bread clips one by one off the super market :)

Glenn on Dec 19, 2013:

Fantastic idea, cant get the bread clips anymore so this is great, I dont want to pay silly money for cable labels so this is perfect.

Thank you

Floyd Gary Clyne on Aug 04, 2013:

Many thanks to Maven & Reuven - this DIY is still pertinent 1.5 years later!

Debi on Dec 08, 2012:

I used Avery Write On Plastic Dividers instead of a milk carton and made them 1 inch square. Gave more space to write.

Elizabeth K on Jul 01, 2012:

I like this - more space to write in, and Reuven's idea of a long clip is a good, functional improvement.

Honey924 on Nov 18, 2011:

Hmm, I've been using masking tape to perform this same function for years because I don't normally eat bread (at home, anyway). Although I'm gonna stick with my tape, I like this idea because it's way more accessible than bread clips.

Al on Nov 17, 2011:

Great idea! For thicker cords I'm thinking of cutting a 2" section from the milk jug handle, cut a slit down the side and clip onto the cord.

DesigningMom on Nov 17, 2011:

Reuven, I was thinking the same thing when I noticed some of the bread clips in the first picture had holes at each end.

DIY Maven on Nov 17, 2011:

@Reuven--That's a great idea! I'd probably make them a couple inches long, then, to accomodate the bend. No?

Reuven on Nov 17, 2011:

This is great idea! Really need it for behind desk messy wires.
I have an idea to make this even better: make the hole & cut on both sides of the label. Now, when you put both sides of the label on a cable, the label is bent and does not slide along the cable into hard to see places.
What do you think?


Sveyden on Nov 16, 2011:

OOOh, I'm going to make one now for my black and white printer.

DesigningMom on Nov 15, 2011:

LOL Thanks for the hat tip Maven! I should take the time and do this to all the cables around our house. Right now they are color coded using colored zip ties with a list posted near by. I'm sure the guys in the house would prefer written labels on each cable though.  I could still color code them by using different colored Sharpies. I have every color there is since I'm a bit obsessive about color coding everything.

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