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She’s Crafty: Re-do Your Shoes


She's Crafty

If you’ve ever watched PS. I Love You you might remember that scene where Hilary Swank’s character gets the epiphany of her life when a fancy door hinge falls onto her shoe, recreating the shoe’s look completely.

For this She’s Crafty, I’ve decided to do a shoe revamp of my own and share it with you all! The beauty of this d.i.y. project, like many others, is that you don’t have to do the steps exactly as I do or use the exact materials to yield the same result (unless you want to). The materials listed below might be all you need to know in order to do a shoe re-do of your own.

Supplies Needed:

  • A pair of pumps (preferably an old pair from the depths of your closet.. or a thrift store)
  • Spray paint
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bag
  • Trim of your choosing (mine is black beaded braid with short faux fur)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Hot glue gun optional:
  • Hair dryer (if you’re too impatient to let the paint sit and dry)
  • measuring tape or ruler, if you’re a perfectionist about your paint/trim placement
Supplies

Supplies

Before you start making permanent changes to your shoes, first visualize what you want the result to be. I chose the resourceful route and decided to make do with materials I already had, but you might decide to go out and buy something specific for your diy shoe make-over. Whatever the case, be creative!

Let’s proceed to the steps!

Step 1: Take a shoe and mask off the inside by cutting up a plastic bag and securing it to the inner edges of your shoe with masking tape.

Mask of the insole with masking tape and plastic bag. Optional: measure and mark your design.

1. Mask off the insole with masking tape and plastic bag. 2. Optional: measure and mark your design.

Step 2: This step is optional but if you’re looking to get the same look on both shoes so that they mirror each other, this step is recommended. Using a ruler of measuring tape, measure where you want to place your trim or create guides for where to paint, then mark with a pen.

Mark your shoe with a pen to create guides

2. Mark your shoe with a pen to create guides

Step 3: Once again using the masking tape and a new plastic bag, mask off the areas you don’t want to paint.

Use Masking tape and plastic bag to protect areas you don't want to spray

3: Use Masking tape and plastic bag to protect areas you don't want to spray

Step 4: Follow the directions printed on the back of your can of spray paint for the best results. Most require that you use several light coats, with enough time between coats so the paint can dry. You can speed up the process by using a hair drying on a low setting.

Begin spray painting (follow directions on can). Allow drying time or speed it up with a hair dryer.

4. Begin spray painting (follow directions on can). Allow drying time or speed it up with a hair dryer.

Step 5:  After the paint is dry to the touch, carefully remove the masking tape and plastic bag. If some paint peels off with the tape or you somehow smudge a bit off, just spray a spot of paint on a paper plate, dip a small sponge or q-tip in, and lightly dab it onto the shoe.

When paint is dry to the touch, carefully remove tape and plastic.

5. When paint is dry to the touch, carefully remove tape and plastic.

I decided to go with a partail-colored look because I couldn’t bring myself to cover the turquoise completely. Being a simple gal I was tempted to leave the shoe as it was above, but decided to give my trim a chance, which brings us to the next step.

Step 6: Take your trim and cut it to the size you need (that ruler/measuring tape would come in handy for this). With your glue gun hot and ready to use, dab a little glue in one section, place trim, and hold it. When you feel the glue is dry and hardened, continue gluing your trim onto the shoe little by little.

Take note! If you’re gluing near paint, be careful not to get hot glue on it. If you do, wait for the glue to dry before gently peeling or rubbing it off.

Dab on hot glue to shoe to adhere the trim. Be careful not to get glue on the paint. Glue on trim a section at a time, not at once!

7. Dab on hot glue to shoe to adhere the trim. Be careful not to get glue on the paint. Glue on trim a section at a time, not at once!

Step 8: Repeat steps 1 through 7 with the other shoe and voila, you’ve got a pair of updated pumps.

The finished shoes

The finished shoes

Now time to wear 'em out!

Now time to wear 'em out!

Photos/Layout by: RLNC

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5 Responses to “She’s Crafty: Re-do Your Shoes”

  1. amy one says:

    i’ve been doing this a while, and its better to take off the protecting layer on the part you’ll paint with nail polish remover. The paint will adhere much better and is less likely to crack. you can then spray some gloss over it to make them super shiny

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  2. Wow! What a fabulous transformation….

  3. Queen of Bows Stella says:

    nice idea with the spray paint mark off!

  4. April S says:

    Faboulous DIY!

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