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Shoelace Charms

Leslie Leong • Mixed Mediums

Make charms for your shoelaces using recycled plastic!  …and learn easy ways to make use of plastic materials from your recycle bin. 

Students will learn the properties of the materials, methods of attaching recycled plastics together, and will finish the workshop with charms such as flowers, butterflies, mustache or words.

Workshop steps: 

  • discussion of some properties of the plastic as a material
  • cutting demo & scissor/hole punch talk: includes a discussion of choice of scissors and other simple information like curling plastic.
  • select from a choice of patterns (flower, butterfly, etc.)
  • select plastic from the recycle bin
  • draw and cut out the pattern
  • fastening demo (“sew” with wire/string, hot glue, maybe pop rivets) 
  • Make holes for laces to thread through ( hole punch or scissors)
  • show & tell and attach to your shoelaces
Grade SuitabilityK-12
Maximum Class Size20
Time Required2-3 hours/1 hour prep
Material RequiredScissors, recycled plastic, hole punch
Language of InstructionEnglish

Leslie Leong

Leslie Leong has two photography books to her credit on Canada’s Northwest Territories. The results of her camera and pen show up in Northern Canadian books, magazines and other publications. Her other creative endeavors include ceramics, silversmith work, sculpture, painting & illustration, with an emphasis on reclaimed & recycled materials. She has participated in over 30 exhibitions, half of which were solo exhibits. She shares her art with the intention of engaging others in the inquiry into the human condition, society, and our disassociation with our natural environment. Leslie has years of experience developing art based programs and teaching them to a wide range of ages in Yukon schools. Leslie is available throughout the school year, except for late Nov./December 2019 and June 2020 (Profile Photo Credit: GBP Creative)

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