How to create a universal cable grip on any surface

This guide will show you how to tackle one of the biggest problems technology has brought us: cables. Until completely cordless technology comes around, cables will continue to infuriate both in the home and office. This solution offers an easy way to keep them under control, as well as stop them slipping off your desk. In fact, in any situation where cables need to be gripped, this hack can be deployed.


  • 1 minipack of sugru
  • Something slightly thicker than your cable, eg: for a power cable, a pencil
  • Toothpick
  • Scalpel
  • Soapy water

Step 1

Yellow Sugru being moulded by fingers

Start by opening your minipack of sugru. Knead it for about 10 to 15 seconds in your hands.

Step 2

Sugru being applied to metal wall

Once you've got your bits of sugru, roll them each into a stubby cone. Now press it down onto the place you want your cable grip, pointy side down. A cone allows the sugru to spread evenly across the surface and ensures a good bond.

Step 3

Sugru being smoothed into a ball on the wall

Shape your sugru into a nice smooth ball, so it is ready to create the cable slot.

Step 4

Scalpel being dipped into soapy water

Get your scalpel and dip it in your soapy water to give it a coating. This will help it to cut through the sugru without deforming it too much.

Step 5

Scalpel cutting through Sugru

Using tiny back and forth movements with your scalpel, a bit like a bread knife, is a better way to get a clean cut than just pressing down. Cut down about 3/4 of the way through the sugru.

Step 6

Toothpick being pushed through Sugru ball

To create the hole for the cable, we want to work our way up to the correct size with pilot holes to avoid deforming the sugru. Start by getting a soapy water coated toothpick and push it through, whilst twisting, at the base of your cut.

Step 7

Screwdriver being pushed through Sugru

Now, work your way up through different sized objects (remembering to coat them in soapy water), until your reach your desired diameter.

Step 8

Sugru ball with hole for cables being held in hand on metal wall

Always make your cable grip oversized rather than undersized, as an oversized one will still successfully grip your cable, whereas an undersized one is much more likely to not fit your cable.

Step 9

Various wires and connectors being held with Sugru

Gently ease the sugru back together where it has widened. Keep in mind your cable width, and whether the sugru will be able to flex open to grip it. Smooth the sugru one final time, and then leave it for 24 hours to cure before using it.