How To Paint Shoes

Summer’s here, and it’s high time for making all sorts of fun DIY projects to wear around in sunlight! These DIY painted shoes are so fun, fashionable, and a complete snap to make. They’re perfect for both kids and adults, or you will make matching shoes for your family! Use your imagination as it pertains to the pattern to let your individual style shine through.

Gather Materials
Materials to make painted shoes
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As you’re gathering materials, look for canvas shoes with lots of flat space for painting. You could also use shoes with a rubber toe, but keep in mind that you will not be painting on the rubber portion (and it can consume a lot of space, especially over a kids’ shoe). You can also want to make certain that your paints are acrylic, as they have a tendency to wear pretty much on the canvas and the colors are nice and saturated.

What You’ll Need
Plain canvas shoes
Acrylic paints in the selection of colors
Paintbrushes in a number of smaller tips and sizes
Pencil
Cup with water and paper towel for cleaning brushes
Sketch Your Shapes
Light leaf pencil sketch on canvas shoe
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Think about your selected patterns or patterns that your kids would love. It could be anything-shapes, rainbows, fruit, letters, clouds, stripes, or any other fun pattern imaginable. We opt for jungle theme with numerous kinds of leaves. Start by by using a pencil to lightly sketch your first shape. You’ll be able to carefully erase light pencil from the canvas, but make certain never to draw too heavily.

Paint the Outline
Hand painting canvas shoes
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Once you’ve your basic condition sketched, use a fine tip brush to outline the condition with paint. Go slowly and carefully to ensure that you don’t get paint on any area that’s designed to stay clean. You may want to use multiple coats or brushstrokes to get full coverage on the canvas with certain colors.

Fill in Outline
Painting canvas shoes
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Utilizing a slightly larger brush, commence to complete the outline of your shape. Get the bottom color down, and then if the shape needs any shading or details (like the lines on our leaves), add those following the base color is complete.

Add More in your Pattern
Patterned painted canvas shoes
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Continue adding more to your pattern. Once you progress you might find that you don’t need to utilize the pencil to sketch any more, but if you are unsure we recommend penciling things in first. Also, at this point you may choose to decide whether you want the pattern to repay the whole shoe, or simply a portion. We thought we would keep our leafy jungle pattern just within the stitching that’s on the toe of the shoe.

shoe paint the Back
Painting the trunk of canvas shoes
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For an extra pop of color, paint the back of your shoe a good shade that corresponds to your pattern. Paint up to the most notable type of stitching (if your shoe has stitching like the one shown here).

Let Them Dry, Then Wear
DIY painted shoes sitting on dress
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Set the shoes aside to dry. Once fully dry (we recommend at least a day), put them on and also have fun!

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