I had a choice to make: sell these shoes for 50 cents or...
Make a bracelet out of them!
I know, I know... but I love jewelry and I couldn't bear the thought of getting rid of these shoes entirely.
Here's what they looked like before:
They were super easy to make and took just a few minutes...
The shape of the fabric was perfect for this project.
First, I cut all the brown straps off of the shoe and pulled them out of the eyelets. Then I cut the two pieces on each shoe apart from each other.
To make the fabric piece fit comfortable around my wrist, I got it wet and placed it around a gift wrapping tube that was roughly the size of my wrist. To hold it down, use a rubber band or a piece of ribbon. Let dry before removing.
Next, I took the wider piece and hot glued (that's right, you don't have to sew it if you don't want to!) Braiding Cord onto each end. I chose to put two cords on each side, but that is personal preference. Make sure to allow room to go around your wrist and to tie.
To tie the ends, I made a slip knot. I don't think I have ever made them the proper way, but it seems to always work out!
Trim off any excess cording and voila! I can't believe how cute this bracelet turned out. I am so happy that I did not sell these shoes at the garage sale.
Is there anything lying around your house that could use a new look? Consider turning it into a new piece of jewelry in just a few minutes. What do you think about this sort of upcycling?