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DIY Knotted Rope Heels

DIY Nov 23, 2012

I have to admit this time of year finds me a little bit seasonally confused. My friends and family in Australia are just getting into the swing of summer (and what a damn fine swing it is), a lot of you in Europe and the US are almost knee deep in snow by now, whilst I perch here uncertainly in the middle, with winter temps in Hong Kong dipping some days and spiking others. So I decided to make these rope heel attachments, perfect on a pair of nude heels and also able to be worn around a pair of ankle boots – an all-climate project that transitions perfectly across the seasons. And such an easy thing to make if you happen to have some Thanksgiving craft time up your sleeve. Hurrah!

You will need: 

A pair of simple heels in a plain colour, preferably with an ankle strap. (I used a natural-coloured strappy heel by Tony Bianco.)

Natural-coloured cotton rope


E6000 glue

Thread that matches the rope

Two lobster clasps and four large jump rings.

How to:

1. Start by cutting the rope into two pieces measuring around 70cm each (or a little more depending on your ankle size). Tape the ends so that they don’t fray.

2. Take a piece of rope and put glue on the end, and then press the ends together.
3. Repeat for the other piece of rope and then wait for them both to dry.
4. Using the thread, wrap around the tape so you can’t see the join. Secure with some glue.
5. This is what it should look like.
6. Tie the doubled-over rope into a knot.

7. In one end, attach a jump ring.

8. In the other end attach a jump ring and lobster clasp.

9. Repeat for the other piece of rope and you should have two knotted rope anklets that can be clipped around your heels to up the summery nautical factor.
Et voila – so simple! Perfect worn with a flared skirt and simple slouchy singlet.
Tags Rope Shoes

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