I spotted this fantastic idea for cable ties floating around on Pinterest. By the looks of it, the source comes from a magazine clipping (title unknown). This is a super simple idea, and all of the instructions are written in this clipping.
The key to this hack is using the synthetic corks, since natural corks would be too brittle and likely crumble under pressure. You could certainly get a similar result using pieces of doweling as well.
A great DIY gift for someone who likes to keep their stuff tidy and organized!