3 DIY Shoe Makeovers

4 years ago
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One shoe...three different ways of making it yours, and truly unique. All you need to start is a white canvas shoe. This one I found at Kmart, but there are many other places you can find a perfect shoe for this project. Have fun!

  • watercolors
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • water
  • shoes

Step 1: Moisten your entire shoe with water using a clean paintbrush.

Step 2: Choose your color from your watercolor paints and start at the toe of the shoe, using a different paintbrush.

Step 3: Really saturate the toe of the shoe with paint. Be generous. I went about halfway up the toe and stopped.

Step 4: Take your clean water brush, dip it in water, place it at the toe of the shoe and "pull" the paint toward the back of the shoe. Repeat this process until shoe is covered. I wanted the emphasis on the ombre to be noticeable only at the toe of the shoe, so most of the shoe is one color. If you want the entire shoe to really have the ombre effect, keep adding water and diluting the paint.

To adjust the color of your shoe—or if you did not put enough paint on the toe to really stretch out over the whole shoe—make a diluted solution on the side and add that to your shoe, then follow with the water paintbrush to smooth it out.

Done. Perfection.

This is a really easy project. I highly recommend it. The result is gorgeous!


  • desired stencil design
  • acrylic paint
  • textile medium fabric solution
  • sponge brush
  • small brush
  • towel
  • shoes

Step 1: Start with the acrylic paint color of your choice and mix it with the textile medium.

Half paint/half medium. Mix. Done.

Step 2: Stuff your shoes with a towel to help the shoe stay firm for your stenciling.

Step 3: Affix the stencil to the desired area of your shoe. You can use tape, but I found if you have a friend around to hold it for you, that is best.

Step 4: Take your sponge brush dip in paint and go for it. The technique I recommend is dabbing at the design, instead of actually brushing.

Step 5: Go over any noticeable imperfections with a small brush and fix them up.

There she is. Beauty.

The stenciling was a bit harder to do, and it really helps to have another set of hands to help you. If you look closely, you can notice some imperfections and unevenness, so perfectionists....beware!

  • paint pens (make sure they can be used on fabric—you don't want the ones that will bleed!)
  • shoes

Step 1: Choose your color paint pen, and polka-dot away. I decided to make a lot and vary them in size. I just free-handed them, but it would also look nice if you were to use a stencil.

Step 2: REPEAT.

This project was by FAR the easiest in supply needs and in effort. I was thinking this would be a super-fun project for young girls....or 30-year-olds. ;)

Finished products one more time....