How to Make Colonial Boy's Shoe Buckles

Updated February 21, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock wore shoes with large buckles when they signed the constitution. Adorn your son's shoes with large golden-coloured buckles when he re-enacts this event in the school play. These buckles are also suitable for a pilgrim in a Thanksgiving pageant. Make the buckles in a few minutes with readily available materials. They look best with black dress shoes, and they will not damage the shoes.

Brush a 6-by-4-inch rectangle of gold paper with glue and apply it to a piece of heavy cardboard. Smooth out any bubbles. Let the glue dry for 30 minutes.

Cut two 3-by-4-inch rectangles from paper-covered cardboard. Draw a 1/2-inch thick line from the middle of one long side to the other and a 1/2-inch border around the edges on the back side of both rectangles.

Cut out the rectangles inside the borders and the line to make two buckle shapes.

Wrap a piece of 1/2-inch black elastic around the instep of your son's shoes and cut it at the point where the ends overlaps.

Make a loop out of the elastic by overlapping the ends 1/2 inch. The band will be slightly stretched when it is on the shoe. Do not twist the elastic along its length. Sew the ends together by hand or machine.

Sew the buckle onto the elastic by wrapping an short piece of elastic around the centre of the bar across the buckle and also around the elastic band. Sew the ends of the elastic together in the back. Finish the other buckle in the same way.

Stretch the elastic bands over the toes of your son's shoes while he is wearing them. Wear the elastic bands over the instep of the shoes with the buckle centred in the front.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Gold paper
  • Glue
  • 1/2-inch black elastic
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Needle
  • Thread
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.