DIY Painted Canvas Shoes - Handmade in the Heartland

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

Can you all believe its April? I'm so ready for spring but not so ready for the busy season for my husband, we love having him home at 2 or 3 in the afternoon so its always an adjustment when he starts working later. I'm spoiled,  I know.  However, I do love spring clothes and right now I seem to be drawn to anything that is coral.  I bought these plain "toms" lookalike shoes at walmart for $12 last fall and they've been sitting in the basement waiting for me to do something with them all winter.  I was excited when I finally decided on a design and I love the way they turned out.  Walmart is a great place to look for solid color items like shoes, I just checked last time I was there and they have currently have a couple different styles.  So here it goes keep reading to see how to diy painted canvas shoes. 


DIY Painted Canvas Shoes


DIY Painted Canvas Shoes
Supplies:
Canvas shoes (i picked mine up at walmart!)
Craft Paint- i used Martha Stewart Yellow Gold & Melon
Paintbrush
Cutting machine (such as the silhouette cameo) to make a stencil
vinyl (to cut to make the stencil)

The first step to this project is to decide on the design you want to paint on your shoes.  At first i just wanted gold stripes but then after painting them i decided it wasn't interesting enough so added a diamond stencil on top of the stripes.  I love the layered effect of the print and how they turned out! 

To paint the gold "stripes" i used the design of the shoe to help me define my lines.  The toe of the shoe had a seam going across so i used that as my first stopping point and painted the entire toe gold.  Then i measured 1 1/4" down from that seam and drew hash marks.  I painted from the hash marks to the seam at the side of the food.  I did not paint the elastic at the top of the shoe.  I also painted the heel gold. 

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

When i realized that the gold stripes weren't enough i busted out my trusty friend the silhouette cameo and cut a diamond stencil out of vinyl.  The vinyl is tricky because it doesn't stick super tight to the canvas so i had to really push down around each diamond before i painted over it and still some paint leaked on a few diamonds, but its ok, i'm not a perfectionist :). 

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

If you decide to paint stripes i would highly recommend using painters tape and taping off where you want your lines to be, i was out so i freehanded, but its so much crisper if you use the tape.  I think these add just enough spring to an outfit- as you can see my from my outfit we are still having quite a few chilly days here so adding spring colors helps my mood!  

DIY Painted Canvas Shoes

If you do decide to paint your own I'd love to see, please tag me on instagram - @handmadeintheheartland 

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