DIY ribbon flats

Despite a closet full of shoes, there is one pair of extremely comfortable nude flats that I flock to. No matter what the weather, what I’m wearing or where I’m going, these are my go-to shoes. However, after a year of wear and tear, they are starting to show their age. Instead of tossing them or sticking them in the back of the closet, I added some cute, patterned ribbon and a fun, fringe rosette to liven them up!


Have a pair of tired old flats you want to spruce up for summer? This is the perfect DIY for you! Plus, it requires just a few materials and limited crafting experience, so you don’t need to be an expert.

What you’ll need: 

  • 7/8-inch patterned ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Button, gem or embellishment
  • Old shoes
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut equal-sized ribbons

Cut ribbon into four equal-sized pieces, two pieces about 6 inches long and two pieces about 3 inches long.


Step 2: Fold ribbon over to create a bow

Lay the longer ribbon down on the front of the flat. Place your index finger down on the very center of the ribbon and, using your other finger, fold the ribbon over so it touches your index finger. Do the same with the other side of the ribbon until both ends are in the middle. You’ll have two loops on each side which look like a bow.




Step 3: Glue ribbon to shoe

Carefully glue the end pieces of the ribbon together (flat on top of each other) and hold. Then, glue the bottom of the ribbon to the shoe.


Step 4: Repeat bow process with smaller ribbon

Using the same step as before, make a smaller bow on top of the center of the larger bow, so it creates a layered, ruffled look.


Glue the ends together and glue the center of the smaller bow to the center top of the second bow. Hold in place for at least a minute.

Step 5: Glue embellishment

Place a dab of glue onto the back of your embellishment and hold it down with your fingers so it sets.


Repeat the process with your other shoe.

Step 6: Let dry and wear

Let shoes dry for at least 24 hours before you wear them. You may need to hold down the embellishment and the ribbon until it sticks.


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