Make Shoelaces From Tape!




Are you broke? Are your shoelaces broke too? Here's a quick fix to your dilemma, and one that will last until next payday, in three easy steps!

Step 1: Materials

You'll Need:

Tape - Any kind will do if you have enough. I'm using masking tape. This instructable is made for the unexpected event of a broken shoelace, so don't expect masking tape to last longer than a day or two. Plastic tapes are a little more durable, with duct and electrical tape being the most durable.

Shoes - These are what you'll be lacing up.

Step 2: Making the Laces

Start by twisting the tape in to a thread form. You want the sticky side of the tape to be inside, and the smooth side of the tape outside, so that the adhesive doesn't stick to everything. Don't tear off a long strip because the length will get shorter as you twist the tape. Instead, twist the tape from the roll until it is the desired length.

Congrats! You have one lace. If you only need one, then you're ready for the next step. If you need two, then repeat this step again.

Step 3: Lacing Your Shoes

Now that you have your laces ready to go, you can lace your shoes. Here I will show you the traditional method of lacing.

Start by crossing the bottom two eyelets.

Then criss-cross the two ends through the second set of eyelets coming up though from the inside out. Continue this criss-cross pattern until the last set of holes

Hooray! Your shoes are ready to go!



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    14 Discussions


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    use duct tape. IT NEVER BREAKS! EVER!!!!!!!!! okay, it does, but it's still very strong :)

    My shoes are getting a little mangy and the laces keep slipping, so I think I'll give this a shot. Seems simple enough and I have plenty of duct tape in a variety of colors. Do the knots hold real well?

    1 reply

    would schotch tape would work? (i think it would look more trashy wich would be good cause i think im gona be a hobo for halloween ya i decide realy early so i have a long time to work on my cousteme

    1 reply

     no because scotch tape is more of a plastic, if it is pulled tight and gets hit by anything it would Snap


    11 years ago on Introduction

    That's awesome! Nicely done, now I should bring some tape everywhere in case my shoelaces burn somehow. ;-)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty handy idea good job I do believe that gorilla tape would work wonderfully as well as it is quite strong (and a nice shiny black!) +1 and fav nice -ible