How to make ribbon shoe laces

Written by tricia ballad
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pair of shoes
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Unthread the shoe laces that came with the shoes.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Lace the shoes with the ribbon.

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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