How to Make a Cardboard Trainer

Updated February 21, 2017

The humble trainer, or athletic shoe, is a key part of the active wardrobe. There are some people, however, who have a hard time tying their shoes when putting them on -- especially children, which is where a cardboard version of a trainer can come in handy. By making a lightweight, but rigid device to train shoe-tying, your child can learn to do it quickly and easily.

Lay a sheet of cardboard on your work surface and place one of your child's trainers on top. Trace the exterior of the shoe onto the cardboard.

Draw an outline of the tongue on your shoe, and mark six or eight points on either side of the tongue drawing where shoelace grommets would appear on your child's shoe.

Cut out the shoe outline, and punch holes with scissors at those grommet points.

Decorate the cutout to look more like a shoe. This will make it look more appealing to children.

Cover the grommet points with hole-punch protectors. This not only cleans up the look of the punched hole, but also strengthens it and makes the "shoe" look more authentic.

Thread the lace through the grommet holes of your cardboard trainer. You can now use it to help your child learn to tie her shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Coloured markers
  • Hole-punch protectors
  • Shoelace
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Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.