Have you ever looked around and wondered what to do with all the leftover shoelaces you have just laying about? No? Just me then. That’s cool, whatever.
Well, if you do happen upon a pair of shoelaces that you aren’t sure what to do with, I have a great idea. These bracelets are colorful, fun and easy to make.
Just be sure to wash the laces first.
This project started because I had a pair of old sneakers that were beyond donation, so I took the laces out and sent the sneakers to NikeGrind.
After washing the shoelaces, I headed to Pinterest to get some inspiration. I found many good ideas, but one in particular seemed easy enough to repeat.
So the first step is to get all the materials you need together:
Jewelry Glue (found at any local craft store or online. For this, I used G.S. Hypo Cement)
Needle Nose Pliers
Jewelry findings (spring coil closures and some sort of clasp. I used lobster clasps).
matches or lighter
One thing that was missing from the sites I found was detailed instructions. I either found just pictures or lots of words with 1 or no pictures. I vow to be better!
So here are your detailed instructions with visual aids:
Make a loop at 1 end of the shoelace.
Next, make another loop. Now I have it secured to the table for photo reasons, but it is pretty easy to hold the first loop in one hand and make the new loop in the other hand.
Take this new loop and put it through the first loop and pull tight.
Now, with the longer end of the lace, you are going to make a new, small loop and put it through that new knotted loop, but DO NOT PULL. You will repeat this step for awhile.
Instead of pulling tightly, as you go, just gently pull downwards toward your first knot. It’s almost as if you were squeezing a tube of toothpaste to get all the paste down toward the tube opening.
This just helps to keep the loops close without pulling too tightly. Do this throughout the process to keep from getting big gaps between loops.
When it looks to be long enough, wrap it carefully around your wrist to measure for length. I usually end up having to take a loop or two out so it’s not too big. Shoelaces do stretch, so keep that in mind when you are making this.
The next step is to finish off the ends. Start with the knotted end that you did at the beginning. You’re going to cut the lace down to about 1/4 of an inch.
Next, using the lighter or matches, burn the edges. Shoelaces will melt and this will help to get the end into the finding. You only need to burn for a second or 2.
Using the needle nose pliers, press the melted shoelace together to make the end easier to slide into the closure. I also use the tip of the pliers to push the lace up and in. Once you’ve gotten the shoelace in the coil closure, put a dab of glue on the top and around the edge at the bottom. This helps to really secure it.
Now, you’ll do the other side. But first, measure it against your wrist again to see how long it is. This is where you may need to remove a loop or two. Once you’ve gotten the right length, you’ll knot the other end to keep the loops from slipping.
Make this knot and pull tightly. Then repeat the steps above to finish off the end. Let the glue dry before adding your clasp. I usually give it about 15 minutes. It sets pretty quickly.
When you’re ready, go ahead and add the clasp. That’s it. You’re done.
These bracelets are easy, fun and make great gifts. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know how your bracelets turned out in the comments below! And feel free to share photos of your finished bracelets with me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram!