Quick, Cheap & Easy Fix for Frayed Laces / Broken Aglets





Introduction: Quick, Cheap & Easy Fix for Frayed Laces / Broken Aglets

OK, there are probably more than 10 different ways to repair frayed laces due to wear and tear.  This is just another way. In my opinion most simplest & quickest method that I could think of using minimal requirements. Just two actually. (well If you skip the glue, just one.)

So you need

1. Thread (Preferably cotton, as it soaks in lot of glue and grips better)
2. Any glue used for crafts, leather repair, furniture repair will do  But NOT superglue! I used craft glue 'Fevicol'
3. Toothpaste (Optional)

Step 1: Apply Some Glue on the Frayed End.

Dab the frayed end on tiny amout of glue. Take in the glue like a paintbrush.

Step 2: Wrap It Tightly With Thread. (Cotton Thread)

Wrap one end of thread around your finger. Take the other end of thread and start winding the thread around the tip, starting from about 1cm opposite to the frayed end & finish towards the tip. Try to wind it as closely & tightly as you can. The more tight you wind, the thinner the end will be. Don't worry if you leave a sopt. You can comeback and cover the missed spot. At this point glue will start to drip. Just wipe it and continue.

Step 3: Tie Both Ends of Thread & Leave It to Dry.

After you finish, tie both ends of the thred. Twice. And leave it for drying for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Apply Toothpaste & Leave It to Dry.

After it dries, it may look messy due to the glue and grime, just apply some toothpaste & leave it for drying for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Make It Neat and Tidy.

After it dries, just rub a brush off excess dried toothpaste &  make it look even. Snip tiny bit of the tip to make it look clean.

Step 6: Done!


I initially was hesitant to write this instructable as i wanted to test the integrity of this fix, but it's actually quite strong, its been three days now & it hasn't come apart.  For a quick fix, I think it's quite durable..plus it's flexible;  Ideal for lacing in my opinion.

Let me know what you think.

Oh I forgot, what if you have colored laces?  Well I can only suggest. (Since I havn't tried it)
What you could do is, depending on what color the shoe lace is, you can mix color in the toothpaste, or use sketch pens or marker pens after it has dried.



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    I just saw this after uploading mine. I should have checked for prior Instructables. I used a whipping knot (which I see was suggested above) and also repaired them by fusing with heat. With the whipping knot you don't need glue to keep it rigid and it lasts for a long time. It's in the video.

    For colored laces, I would suggest using colored thread to match. The glue will hopefully dry clear and the color will show through.

    I suggest learning a knot called Whipping:


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    Nice idea. I have never tried it. How do you heat it? a hair dryer? Also, is there some alternative in case we don't get the tubing?

    Augur, i usually leave a little bit of lace on the "outside" of the tubing, then i use a lighter to melt that into a half-sphere, which is slightly too large to slip through the tube. (I only have nylon laces).

    IIIshreeIII, I just use a lighter or a hot soldering iron, i don't have a heat gun and a hair-dryer is too weak, at least for my heat shrink tubing...
    i don't really have any alternatives for the tubing, but dealextreme dot com has it very cheaply, I think I paid 3$ with shipping for a total of 15 metres (5 difterent sizes of 3 metres)

    I don't remember if links are all-right in the comments, if not, I'll delete the post.

    Cheers, Poul.

    Oh, I also use some superglue under the heat shrink to prevent it slipping the other way -.-

    I need an edit button...

    Darn, I thought I might make a similar 'ible with the heat shrink, but then I found out one of the side links was on that exactly :(

    I find that for polyester-sheathed cotton laces (the kind you find on tennis shoes and the like - they're round not flat), one only needs to grab a wet paper towel, put the frayed end into a small flame (a gas stove on medium heat should do) until the cotton burns away, then pulling on it with the wet paper towel to smooth the melted polyester into a sealed end works very well.

    I use heat shrink for electronic wire and walla instant repair

    Try heat shrink tube

    Try heat shrink tube

    If you are in a hurry and aren't going for looks, a small piece of scotch tape wrapped around the fray works to get it through the eyelets. not permanent as this tho.

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    That might be the quickest fix ever :) Cellophane tapes. They fix every thing :D

    Wrap the tape 3 or 4 times then lightly pass over a lighter to soften then rool between fingers to tighten and bond, carefully, of course.

    Excellent 'ible. Also good for customizing lace lengths or making laces from cord... such as kevlar -- for work boots. (I once needed 50" laces and all I could find locally were 30" and 72" - and no kevlar. So I bought some 72" kevlar laces on-line and "fixed" them. Kevlar lasted years instead of months, or weeks.)

    I've done similar method. Didn't apply glue first. Jjust wrapped end with nylon upholstery thread (or woven dacron fishing line, 10 or 20 lb test). Had to leave about 1/2" past wrapping to end of lace for handling purposes. Cut the tag end off then just coat with clear nail polish (or any other color that suits your fantasy.) Dipping end into nail polish works just fine. Paint would probably work just as well. (But not "white-out.")

    May as well do the "good" end of shoelace while you're at it. Its remaining life expectancy is less than your "repair."

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    Well, you can try and use different materials. There are so many ways I can think of. I got some more ideas, but i will have to intentionally break one of the aglets to demonstrate it. :))

    I tried heat shrink, and it slid off after awhile. I even tried craft glue and superglue on lace and heat shrink tubing while glue wet. Didn't stay on much longer.

    How about some shrink tubing? just get some for wires just a bit smaller than the actual lace and put it on and heat shrink it down! My father in law does it all the time for my kids shoe laces when they screw them up at his house.