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

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. 🙂

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.

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!

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!)

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!

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

Use a shoelace as a makeshift belt.

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. 

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. 🙂 

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

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

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

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.

Use as a cute ribbon on a gift.

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

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

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

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

Make a Pencil Kit to store art supplies on-the-go! Martha Stewart

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

What do you save old shoelaces for?

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