If you run, you might like this.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, or just enjoying the outdoors while you try to keep fit, it's good to know you can get back into your house for a shower...
Watch our video for 3 quirky ideas to carry your running key...
We're inspired by how these ideas cleverly repurpose timeless design objects to create grips to securely hold your key in place while you run and while we can't say they will improve your lap time, they just might spark some interesting conversation!
1. THE HAIR CLIP
2. THE BULLDOG CLIP
These two ideas will only take a few minutes to get done and only need a little piece of Sugru to attach:
Step 1 – Open your packet of Sugru, pinch off a small, pea-sized piece and roll it into a ball.
Step 2 – Position the Sugru securely onto the outside of the clip and – pay attention, this is the hard bit – stick your running key to it! (OK, not so hard)
Step 3 – Wait 24 hours for the Sugru to cure.
Step 4 – RUN!
3. THE COKE BOTTLE
Sugru is easy to mould and fills weird gaps, but I bet you’d never imagined this trick was possible. Not much is more secure than the screw-top of a plastic bottle? Now you can track your runs with ease by sticking your tracker to your shoe!
You’ll need: a plastic bottle with a screw-top (like a coke bottle) and its lid. Oh, and your running shoes!
Step 1 – Cut the bottle just below the screw-top and remove the lid. Open your packet of Sugru, and split the piece of Sugru in two (75/25).
Step 2 – Roll the larger piece into a sausage shape, carefully applying it around the sawn rim of the screw-top. Roll the smaller piece into a ball, positioning it on the top of the lid.
Step 3 – Attach the screw-top to your shoe. Attach your running tracker to the lid.
Step 4 – Wait 24 hours for the Sugru to cure, and you're done! You can securely screw your tracker to your shoe.
Step 5 – RUN!
Handy tip: Sugru is removable! But hey, you never know, screw-tops attached to running shoes might be the trend this year. And you'll be ahead of the curve!
This idea was inspired by Holly and James who used a similar idea to make their GoPro float!
Run even smarter with more Sugru ideas
Capture your run in 3D with runScribe!
The runScribe is an awesome lightweight running wearable that mounts onto the back of your shoe and captures the movements of your foot in 3D while running! While creating the tech, the runScribe team found that Sugru was the best way to securley attach the runScribe tracker to all sorts of trainers — so now every runScribe comes with a pack of Sugru to attach it!
Customise your earbuds so they don't come out
There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable earbuds, especially when you’re running! Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down – out! You shouldn’t have to keep pushing your earbuds back into your ears while you run, and now you don’t. Make your own custom-fit earbuds with this handy guide.
Make your sunglasses grippy and comfy
Pete’s sport sunglasses kept slipping from his noggin’, but he fixed that problem with Sugru. He customised the handles so that they gripped the side of his head better. Now he can run free like the wind – without fearing the wind!
Tidying your shoes made awesome
You’ll never have to trip over loose shoes in the hallway again! With this simple, effective idea, you’ll be able to hook your shoes onto the back of a wardrobe door with ease. Think how easy it’ll be to come home from a run knowing you can kick your trainers off, hang them out of the way, and relax.
For more inspiration and ideas on projects that can help you make the most of the outdoors, head this way!
This is the cleverest thing I've seen in a long time.
Volvo teamed up with a Swedish start-up, Albedo100, to create Life Paint - a spray for clothes and bikes that's invisible by day, but reflects like crazy in car headlights! The sprayable, reflective material lasts for up to one week after application and can be washed off without damaging the fabrics and surfaces it was applied to.
With 19,000 cyclists in the UK alone involved in accidents every year, and safety being the number one reason more people don't cycle - this is a fantastic lateral innovation. Read more over on their website.
I can't wait to get some!
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing…”
— Scandinavian proverb
Kids have the right attitude — puddles are there to be jumped in, mud for sliding in, grassy hills for rolling down. Dirt is the mark of an adventure! Getting outside and exploring is one of the joys of this time of year — but no one needs the fear of soggy socks!
Watch our lovely new video to see how easy Sugru makes it to patch up your favourite wellies ready for the April showers… bring on the puddles!
Sugru is easy to mould and bonds great to rubber — it’s strong, waterproof and stays flexible when set, so it can handle everything your little adventurer can throw at it!
After a day’s splashing, Sugru will wipe clean just as easily as the boots themselves :)
This idea will only take you about 10mins and it doesn't need much Sugru — so you can get the family’s wellies patched up with a single pack, or use the rest for another project (more ideas below).
Step 1 — Open your pack of Sugru, pinch off a small pea-sized piece and roll it into a small sausage.
Step 2 — Position the Sugru sausage across the tear in the material and smudge the Sugru in with your finger until the area is covered.
Tip: for larger tears you might need to build up a few of these layers to cover the rip.
Step 3 — Smooth the Sugru with your finger and ensure the Sugru has a good bond to the surface, then leave to set.
In 24 hours your wellies will be ready for some fun-filled puddle-jumping!
Note: Sugru might not stick to some rubber boot materials, so we suggest doing a little adhesion test first. Here’s a quick video to show you how:
More projects for budding explorers
1. Let kids be kids!
We can’t stop kids from sliding everywhere on their knees, but we can stop their trousers from tearing! Maybe we can even stop wet April grass from staining their knees a stunning green by using Sugru to create hard-wearing patches. These patches protect the fabric and extend the life of those over-worn clothes kids would sleep in if they could.
2. Repair broken zips
3. Rescue your favourite jacket
Follow James’ lead who used Sugru to patch up tears in his favourite jacket. You’re just as safe placing your repaired clothing in the washing machine as you are running through an April shower!
4. Give your kids some independence
Yippie! Thanks @sugru, I've finally got somewhere to hang all 9 of the minded kids coats, and they'll be toasty warm. pic.twitter.com/uW67neoBgAWe love this idea from Lorraine, who used Sugru to stick coat pegs to her radiator. Now her kids can hang up their own coats – and they'll be toasty warm after those cool April showers! Check out some of our ideas for giving kids more independence at home.
— Lorraine Smitham (@Peak_Childcare) January 9, 2015
For more inspiration and ideas on projects that can help with life outdoors, head over this way.
This is one for the weekend.
Copper is enjoying a resurgence in home decor at the moment and this project is a crafty way to inject some of this gorgeous aesthetic into your home (via your local DIY store). Watch our new video to find out how :)
The beauty of this idea is its versatility. Sugru mouldable glue makes it easy to combine these gorgeous copper pipes with magnets, so you can make vases that magically pop on+off wherever you like around your home — and they look great both indoors and out!
For this project you'll need a Sugru + magnets kit, plus a few items that you'll find at your local DIY store:
- standard 22mm copper plumbing pipe + 90 degree copper elbow
- pipe cutter (one like this)
- penny washers
- some sandpaper (just to soften up the edges)
- clear lacquer spray, suitable for metal (we used this one) — this keeps your copper nice and bright and helps prevent it from tarnishing.
Sugru is perfect for this project because unlike normal glue, it’s great at sticking odd shapes and different materials together before setting into a waterproof rubber. Here are the basic steps:
24 hours later when the Sugru has cured, your lovely copper vases will be ready to pop on+off around your home as you wish — so you can bring a little bit of the Springtime... inside!
If you're looking for more copper-themed DIY projects, we've gathered some cool ideas we've spotted over on our Pinterest page — including copper pipe bookshelves, lamps, laptop stands and clothes rails!
We’ve got some lovely news to share with you all... Sugru is now available to buy at... your local Target!!
To celebrate, we had fun making some cute videos like this one :) As many of you will know it’s been a long and incredible journey since Jane first had the idea for Sugru. Since then we’ve been on a mission to make it easy and fun for anyone to fix and improve their stuff — and making Sugru available, not only online, but in the stores you like to go to is a big part of that. And of course, Target is a huge one!
So tell your friends, tell your mom, tell your neighbours, the next time they need to stock up on Sugru they can head down to their local Target store. HIGH FIVE EVERYONE! :D