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How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud/ in-ear monitors – DIY comfort for your ears [How To]

How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud

Earbuds are great but their generic nature usually doesn’t result in a fit that’s both snug and comfortable, and you have to really like music to shell out some of the $$$ wanted for custom jobs. Fortunately, there’s a way for you to take your existing earbuds and customize them for a comfortable fit.

Kit list

  • A quarter of a minipack of sugru
  • Your earbuds
  • Scissors
  • Tissue/toilet paper

Step 1

How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud 1

Cut open your mini pack and tear off a quarter of the blob of sugru. Roll it into two sausages, long enough to just overlap when you wrap it around the inner tube of the bud.

Step 2

How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud 2

Roll the jelly heads back so the inner rubber tube is exposed. Give this inner rubber tube a quick wipe with tissue paper to clean it.

Press and wrap it around the stem. If your sugru is too long, just tear it off.

Step 3

How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud 3

Roll the jelly head back over the sugru. Remember to do it to the other earbud!

Step 4

How to make a neat and easy custom-fit earbud 4

Slowly ease the bud into your ear, whilst applying light pressure. You might want to play music through the headphones at the same time, to hear what positioning works best.

Give the buds a final press to get the best fit, and then carefully pull them out of your ears.

TOP TIP: Don’t twist the buds as you insert or remove them, as it might upset the impression of your ear. Be as careful as you can when inserting and removing the buds before the sugru has cured.

Step 5

Leave the sugru to cure overnight and in the morning you will have your very own custom-fit headphones! Whoopee!

Step 6

You’ve read the directions; now watch the handy-dandy video tutorial.


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