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DIY Lace up Ballet Flats

DIY Nov 13, 2014

Having always been a bit of a Francophile, you can probably guess that I’m already sold on the simplicity and clean lines of a pair of ballet flats. But what if you want to take that classic perfection to another level? I’ve been seeing embellished flats here and there (so DIYable – be still my beating heart!), but when I stumbled upon a pair of lace up ones I knew they would be the next DIY. So easy to make, I’d take these over a pair of heels most days!

Wearing: DIY flats, DIY cut off vintage shorts, Zara coat, MLM tshirt, Lack of Color hat.

You need: 

  • A pair of ballet flats
  • 14 D rings
  • E6000 glue
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Leather cord

How to:

1. Cut your leather into strips 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

2. Cut those pieces in half, and then insert the leather through the D rings.

3. Fold the leather over and glue down. Do this for all 14 and let dry.

4.  Put more glue onto one leather piece.

5. Press down there you want them to sit on the shoes, starting at the back.

6. Attach them down the front, measuring a thumb sized gap between.

7. The finished product should look like this.

8. Finally, add your leather cord, crossing over the foot through the D rings and tying at the back.


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