I found an inexpensive pair of flats recently and impulsively bought a pair. They were only $10. Once I brought them home, I realized they were a little plain so I thought I’d make a project of it and add some DIY details.
With a little bit of paint, I turned these basic flats into a patterned pair of shoes that I love. This tutorial would be great for kids’ shoes too! Customize their shoes with their school’s or team’s colors.
Here’s how to paint shoes to make them your own…
- Plain Flats or Mary Janes
- Fabric Paint
- Paint Brush
- Paper Plate
Step 1: Start by squirting some fabric paint onto a paper plate. The plate also acts as a surface for working out pattern designs, before actually painting the shoes.
Step 2: Once you’ve decided on a pattern, it’s time to start painting. I went with a simple brushstroke / hatch mark design. Because the shoes I painted are made of thin fabric, I added paper towels inside the shoes, while painting, so that the surface would be stretched and easy to paint.
Step 3: Once the pattern has been painted and the paint is dry, slip them on for a test drive. Simple as that!