How to make ribbon shoe laces

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether your preteen wants a little flair on her feet or your preschooler needs some incentive to learn to tie her own shoes, ribbon shoe laces are a great solution. A brightly coloured ribbon shoe lace turns a plain white pair of tennis shoes into a fun fashion statement. They are easy and inexpensive enough to let the fashion-conscious have a different colour shoe lace for every outfit. If they become worn from too much shoe-tying practice, simply replace them.

Unthread the shoe laces that came with the shoes.

Cut two lengths of ribbon 1 inch longer than the shoe laces.

Wrap tape around the ends of each ribbon to make them easier to thread.

Lace the shoes with the ribbon.

Cut off the taped ends of the ribbon. Tie a knot in the end of the ribbon to prevent fraying.


You can tie a bead to the end of the ribbon for an extra bit of flair, or trim the ribbon ends diagonally with pinking shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of shoes
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape
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