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.

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)

(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.

Measuring the cable ties out

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.

Tightening the cable tie
Use pliers to help

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

Inserting into the cable lock
Into 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.

Cutting excess cord off
Singe the ends

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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