diy: Leopard Shoelaces

Recently, I teamed up with BANGS shoes to create an edgy project for personalizing kicks. Leopard print is one of my favorite patterns, so of course I had to give this idea a spin. The method used is similar to the Ombre Dyed Shoelaces that I made last month.
A little bit about BANGS: The brand is a partner of Kiva, a nonprofit company. With each purchase of BANGS shoes, 20% of net profits are used to help hand-selected individuals (who are living in poverty) to start a business. BANGS is all about spreading a positive change to the dreamers and entrepreneurs around the world. A pretty awesome mission, if you ask me!
Keep on reading to see how I spiced up a pair of BANGS shoes:


What I Used:


– Fabric &/or Acrylic Paint (Brown, White, Black)
– Thin Paintbrush


1) Mix the brown and white paints together until you achieve the tan hue that you desire.
2) Water it down. Mix well with a paintbrush.
3) Soak the shoelaces in the mixture. I covered my container and shook it around a bit.
4) Lay the laces out to dry. Once dry, take the thin paintbrush and black paint and create leopard spots.
This past project (Leopard Print Suede & Rhinestone Bracelet) has some pointers on drawing realistic leopard spots.

Once dry, repeat on the reverse side. I found that taping down the laces while painting them helped a great deal.

Lace them back up!
To learn more about BANGS and the brand’s initiatives, check out their story via this video. You can also follow BANGS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The concept behind BANGS is pretty great – definitely one worth checking out!Xo, Kirsten

FTC Disclaimer: 
This product was provided by BANGS for project consideration. All thoughts and comments are my own. Click here to read more information on my policies and procedures for sponsored posts and collaborations.