On Yom Kippur, you see a lot of canvas and rubber sneakers, but here’s something different — easy to make paper shoes. While you actually can’t wear these shoes, they’re a creative way to teach kids about this particular Yom Kippur tradition. Plus, you can use them as cups for holding nuts, candies and other treats during your break-fast meal.
What you’ll need:
Mini paper or plastic cups
String or yarn
1. Cut a 10-inch square piece of tissue paper. Place two paper or plastic cups in the middle of the tissue paper, one cup standing up straight and the other on its side in front of the first cup. The best cups for this project are the miniature ones used for bathrooms.
2. Wrap the tissue paper around the two cups, tucking the extra paper into the cup that is standing up. Press a third cup into that cup to lock the excess paper in place, and then remove it.
3. Tie a piece of string or yarn around the rim of the cup. This serves as the shoelace, but it also secures the paper to the cups.
4. To give the paper shoes some sneaker details, adhere a half-inch strip of paper around the bottom of the shoes with a glue stick. Also, add a 1-inch diameter circle of paper at the front of the shoe for the toe cap, along with a small strip in the center where the eyelets would go.
Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at his website.