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.
Canvas shoes (i picked mine up at walmart!)
Craft Paint- i used Martha Stewart Yellow Gold & Melon
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.
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 :).
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!
If you do decide to paint your own I'd love to see, please tag me on instagram - @handmadeintheheartland