I was at Goodwill last week and came across these plain white canvas sneakers, brand new, for $8. I had just bought a pair of Glitter Toms that my daughter LOVED, so I figured we could make her a pair of her own glitter shoes.
Aren’t they fabulous? We LOVE the end result. And it was a project that we were able to work on together, which is always a plus. Want to make your own?
Pair of Canvas Shoes
The first step is to remove the shoe laces and rub vaseline along the rubber portions of the shoe – taking care to not get any on the canvas parts. If you have shoes with removable inserts, take them out. These ones did not, so they got purple innards.
Prep your fabric dye according to the package. Once ready, poor it into a deep stainless steel bowl or a bucket. We wanted an ombre effect so we started with the heel and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes.
I then dipped the shoe as deep as it would go and let it sit for 1 minute. After that I leaned it forward, so the tongue was going under the solution for another minute. For the parts I couldn’t submerge, I used a paint brush and brushed the dye on. Once the shoe was completely purple, we removed it from the solution.
Rinse the shoe in cold water until the water runs clear.
I then put the shoes in the dryer for 30 minutes.
Once the shoes were damp, rather than soaking we added the glitter.
I used two parts Mod Podge to 1 part glitter and added 1/2 part of water, which helps dilute the Mod Podge and keeps the shoes from becoming too stiff.
We just brushed the glitter solution onto the shoe – taking care along the edges near the white rubber. Set it aside to dry – it doesn’t take long!
After the first coat is dry, do it again.
That’s it! You’re done. If the white rubber part of your shoe became stained at any point, grab a Magic Eraser, and with a little elbow grease, you should be able to remove most of the stain.
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger by night. She's a mom of three beautiful children and two fur-babies, a Goldendoodle and a rescued Pibble. For even more Inspiration Made Simple, like her on Facebook and Instagram+.