Can you use ribbons as shoelaces?

A pair of sneakers is the best thing to wear. Compared to other footwear, they offer complete support for the foot and they are comfortable to wear on a daily basis. If you do not have the money to make a new purchase, then do not despair because there is something you can do. We are talking about revamping old shoes. An easy, fun and inexpensive way to revamp old shoes is to use ribbon laces. Yes, you can use ribbons as shoelaces. All you have to do is replace the shoelaces with intensely hued ribbon. Well, not exactly. You do have to make a little bit of effort. Please continue reading to find out how to make your own ribbon shoelaces.

What you will need for the project

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • A pair of sneakers that have laces

Steps that you need to follow

1.      Take out the existing shoelaces

Obviously, you need to take out the original shoelaces from the sneakers. The reason why you need to do this is that you need to measure the length of the laces. Are the shoelaces too long or too short? Either way, you have to find out right away. Determine the size of the laces so that you can cut the right amount of ribbon. To make things easier, measure the decorative material against the shoelaces. You do not need to use a measuring tool.

2.      Cut the ribbon

You can try to use Christmas tinsel, but it will not help you in any way. It is best to utilize satin ribbon. You can equally use grosgrain ribbon. It is recommendable to cut the material 2 inches longer than the existing shoelaces, just to be on the safe side. Cut your material at a sharp angle, so as to make the tubing easier. Use the adhesive tape to make an anglet. It is necessary to take one end of the ribbon and place it on the edge of the tape. Fold the material in half, then again and again until you have a tube. When you are finished, you can use some adhesive glue.  

3.      Make the shoelaces look professional

Now that you are done with the stiff section, you can go on and make your shoelaces look professional. How are you supposed to do that? Well, you can paint the laces with acrylic paint. The great part is that paint makes them strong. Another thing that you can do is tie beads at the end. Just think about it.