GUIDE: DIY Yo-Yo Holster from Wii Remote Strap


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DIY Wii-Holster Guide

Mods: If this is in the wrong location please move. It didn’t seem to quite fit anywhere.

I mentioned this briefly a while back but decided to make a full-fledged guide. I will show you with unnecessary detail how to make an inexpensive, lightweight, highly effective yo-yo holster with a Nintendo Wii wrist strap and a carabiner/S-biner. I prefer this to several holsters I’ve bought not just because it costs next to nothing, but because it holds the yo-yo much more securely and closer to your body, so it won’t swing around and smack into things. This is what the holster will look like.


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What you need   
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  • Carabiner or S-biner
  • Pants
  • Yo-yo
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This is how I would make/wear the holster for a right-handed person. If you’re a leftie, just mirror the steps.



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Step 1: Find a Wii remote with a strap or something functionally similar.

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Step 2: Find where the strap is girth hitched to the controller. This is the same hitch we will use to attach the holster.

Step 3: Pull the top loop upward, making an opening to take the strap out. I find tweezers help.

Step 4: Pull the strap through the opening you just made.


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Step 5: Remove the strap completely. This is the basis for the holster.


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Step 6: Attach a carabiner or s-biner to the thin loop on the left. Optimally you want the smallest carabiner or s-biner that will easily attach to your belt loop but won’t break. If the carabiner is too large it won’t fit through the belt loop and you will need to attach it after making the hitch. I’ve found that plastic carabiners that come with holsters like the Duncan Yotility Holster break extremely easily. I’d recommend a metal carabiner or s-biner. One of these tiny Nite Ize S-biners is perfect and costs next to nothing. You can find them at Home Depot and similar places.


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Step 7: Open the buckle, slide it about halfway down the strap, and close the buckle. Now we’ve completed the yo-yo holster. The rest of the guide shows how to attach and wear it.


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Step 8: Run the s-biner end of the strap through a belt loop from left to right. Note the Nintendo buckle should be facing your pants. I prefer using the belt loop above my right pocket but it’s up to you.

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Step 9: Draw the s-biner end through the loop as shown.

Step 10: Draw the right loop through the left loop, and the left loop through the belt loop.

Step 11: Pull tight. This completes the girth hitch.

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Step 12: We’re going to take the s-biner end and attach it to the belt loop one loop counterclockwise (looking down) of the girth-hitched loop. There are two ways to attach it, shown in the next two steps.

Step 13: The simplest way is to directly attach the s-biner to the belt loop. However, if the belt loops are close together this may cause the holster to sag quite a bit.

Step 14: I prefer this method. Run the s-biner through the belt loop (provided it’s small enough), then secure it to the Wii strap as shown. This will hold the holster closer to your body. This method also requires the s-biner only be large enough to go around a Wii-strap, so it works better for pants with large belt loops.

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Step 15: To use the holster, open the clasp and insert your favorite yo-yo into the opening on the right.

Step 16a: Secure the yo-yo by sliding the clasp clockwise and closing it. It will stay close to your body and not swing around, making this a great holster for more expensive yo-yos.

Step 16b: If you prefer to carry the yo-yo in front, you can insert the yo-yo into the opening on the left, slide the clasp counter-clockwise, and close the clasp. I prefer the previous method as this looks and feels kind of awkward, but do whatever is comfortable for you. Also, this method causes the metal yo-yo to be in contact with the metal s-biner. This isn’t really an issue unless you bang into something but you could potentially scratch the yo-yo wearing it this way.

We’re done!


One more thing I like about this holster is you can easily cover the yo-yo with your shirt since it rides close to your hip, protecting it somewhat if you do bang it into something.

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Note: Depending on how loose your shirt is you may or may not be able to carry this concealed, but at the least you protect the yo-yo somewhat from dings, though you may not be able to evade annoying questions about what you’re carrying and whether you can walk the dog. :wink:


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Neat!


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Wow, that is really cool. But wouldn’t it be somewhat annoying to tie the hitch every day? I think it would. Or, instead of using a hitch, you could just use another carabiner. Whichever one works.


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It may seem hard to tie the hitch if you don’t know how but once you’ve done it a few times it just takes about 3 seconds. I just tie it onto my pants when I’m taking the yo-yo somewhere, which isn’t every day. You could use two s-biners or carabiners but then the holster will sag more. You could loop both s-biners around the belt loops, I guess. Then you’d end up with metal touching metal which I like to avoid. Also this wouldn’t save you more than a second or so.

I’m just trying to show how you don’t need to spend $5 - $30 on some dedicated yo-yo holster. I like this one better than the holsters I’ve tried, though I’ve only tried low-end ones. I mostly like it because it stays close to my waist and doesn’t bang against stuff easily, and also, it’s very easy to hold the yo-yo firmly in place.

But yeah, do whatever works for you :slight_smile: