How to Customize DJ Headphones

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How to Customize DJ Headphones
Being a DJ is fun and rewarding. (headphones image by musk from

Being a disc jockey for either a hobby or career can be exciting and rewarding. DJs are energetic, creative people who provide fun and entertainment for others; so a good DJ has an appearance to match his infectious personality. The most important part of a disc jockey's ensemble is an eye-catching pair of headphones--this shows that a DJ enjoys his job and makes every part of his work a piece of art. Here are some tips on how to make your headphones reflect your personality.

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Things you need

  • Set of headphones
  • Model glue
  • Scissors
  • Coloured duct tape
  • Stickers
  • Decals
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Feathers
  • Beads
  • Stencils
  • Acrylic paint
  • Spray paint

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    Use your stage name or aspects of your DJ name on your headphones. Stencils in the shape of letters work well to add initials, full names or words that reflect your style or music. Spray paint is an effective way to stencil letters onto the surface of the earphone or connecting band.

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    Wrap colourful ribbon or yarn around the band of the headphones. Use ribbon with texture, such as brightly coloured fuzz or tassels. Secure ends of ribbon with a dime size drop of glue at each end.

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    Stickers and decals are a simple way to decorate headphones without extra materials. For long-term use, stickers last longer, but decals are efficient for rented equipment because they peel off easily from plastic. Be sure to measure the surface area of the earphone cup before creating or purchasing stickers or decals to ensure the design fits onto the surface.

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    Use colourful duct tape around the connecting band of the headphones. Duct tape comes in nearly all colours, including glow-in-the-dark shades, and can be applied directly to a set of headphones on both the band and the earphone cups. Stick the end of a piece of duct tape to the band and loop over continuously until the band is covered. Cut out shapes in duct tape and apply directly to the earphones for a vectorised look.

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    Attach alternative accessories such as feathers or beads using a drop of glue at the base. Secure with enough glue to withstand long-term use.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that headphones have limited surface space to decorate, so stick with minimalistic designs or graphics to make a bold statement.
  • DJs generally work in dimly lit atmospheres; using bright colours or glow in the dark paint is an effective way to have your customisations stand out.
  • When using stencils and spray paint to decorate your headphones, make sure that any part you don't intend to be painted is fully covered. Plastic grocery bags are an efficient way to cover parts that should not be painted.
  • It is necessary that DJ headphones are functional, so ensure that no decorations make it difficult or impractical to use equipment.

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