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Genius Uses for Old Shoelaces (Other Than Keeping Shoes On Your Feet)

Uses for Shoelaces

The other day I was gathering old clothes and shoes for donating, trying to make room for winter coats and boots. I collected a few pairs of worn-out gym shoes, but couldn’t bring myself to toss the shoelaces with them! I just knew I would find a way to use them. I ended up finding lots of clever ideas for their use (and reuse) and will be carrying around a shoelace in my purse from now on, just in case!

I also came across some fun projects and crafts that might be worth even buying a pair of fun shoelaces for. :-)

Uses for Shoelaces

Drop a ring down the sink drain (or other hard to reach space?) Don’t panic! Just attach a magnet to the end of a shoelace to retrieve rings, earrings and other precious magnetic items.

Uses for Shoelaces

If your sink has a drip, use a shoelace to guide the water to the bottom of the sink. No more annoying drip sound while you wait to get it fixed!

Uses for Shoelaces
Uses for Shoelaces

Use a shoelace to measure oddly shaped items. Just wrap the shoelace around the item, marking the point that needs measuring. Then you can compare the length of shoelace to a measuring tape for an accurate reading! This is a great tip if you don’t have a flexible, cloth measuring tape (or if you’re like me and can never find it!)

Uses for Shoelaces

Make a fun and simple cat toy! Tie a few shoelaces together, making a loop on one end with dangling shoelace ends on the other. You can hang the toy from a perch or attach it to the end of a stick!

Uses for Shoelaces

Replace the string in your hoodie by tying a shoelace to the old string and pulling the new one through! I found lots of designs at a local store, but there are some fun ones online too! Here are a few of my favorites: 

2-sided designs  http://amzn.to/1Nv37sV  

Happy Faces  http://amzn.to/1KosUBZ  

Vibrant colors  http://amzn.to/1QfR81B  

Metallic  http://amzn.to/1Nv3kw6

Uses for Shoelaces

Use a shoelace as a makeshift belt.

Uses for Shoelaces

Keep your glasses on your face with a DIY strap. This especially comes in handy when you’re doing yoga or any activity that makes your glasses slip often. 

Uses for Shoelaces

Pull your hair away from your face by using a shoelace as a headband. You can even make a fun bow out of a second shoelace and attach it to the top for little ones. :-) 

Uses for Shoelaces

Make a quick book carrier for easy transportation without a bag.

Uses for Shoelaces

Use as a bookmark that won’t bend inside a backpack. 

Uses for Shoelaces

String binder clips, beads, bobbins, washers, or even bobby pins to keep small items tidy!

Uses for Shoelaces

Braid a few shoelaces to make a keychain, a bracelet or a lanyard. You can continue braiding to make a sturdy handle for reusable shopping bag, too! Learn how to make this braid here.

Uses for Shoelaces

Use as a cute ribbon on a gift.

Uses for Shoelaces

Teach kids to tie shoes with this project from One Crafty Place.

Uses for Shoelaces

Braid this pretty Celtic Knot Necklace. Tutorial at Clones N Clowns.

Uses for Shoelaces

Use straws to make a bright statement necklace! Learn how at Don’t MIS It.

Uses for Shoelaces

Turn soda tabs and shoelaces into these bracelets with Cut Out + Keep.

Uses for Shoelaces

Make a Pencil Kit to store art supplies on-the-go! Just use a shoe lace instead or ribbon! My Sew Bliss

Uses for Shoelaces

Learn how to support tomato plants 5 different ways from Bonnie Plants.

What do you save old shoelaces for?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • I’ve never had much trouble with my shoelaces — the normal bow seems to hold fine. I’ve some indication that a lot of trouble comes from tying it as a granny knot, and not as a square knot

  • I clicked on the link to learn how to braid the keychain but it brings me to an Amazon link for buying shoelaces, not a tutorial. Can you post the tutorial link instead please?

  • Thanks for the shoelace suggestions! I’ve got these strings laying all over my house…with 2 boys…these laces definitely should have another life outside living within sneakers!

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