This is a fun way for my kids to inject uniqueness and personality into their wardrobe. It doubles as an activity (especially good for older kids), and perfect for weekend fun or the summer school holidays.
What you need
White canvas shoes (I bought these shoes from Target for $8-$10)
Sharpie fabric pens (find them at places like Big W, Target, Officeworks, Spotlight)
1. Plan design
Before I let the girls loose on the shoes, I thought it would be good idea to give them a few guidelines in terms of what design may work on the shoes. I googled a few Sharpie shoe designs with them, and have included the simpler ones we found below, plus a list of other ideas.
Source: 1. Flowers 2. Stars 3. Bow 4. Music Notes 5. Heart 6. Square 7. Words 8. Rainbows 9. Shapes
- Music Notes
- Speech bubbles
I then let the kids go for it, and for the next half-an-hour, they drew.
The Finished Designs
I loved how the respective personalities of my girls shone through in their designs. Miss 6 is all rainbows and sunshine; Miss 9 is confident, and knew exactly what she wanted to do and what the finished product would look like; and Miss 11 is full of spunk and drew red clouds with blue lightning and green rain. Awesome!
The girls were stoked with the finished product. Can you tell?
Crafty Mummy designed flower shoes for herself. Check it out here –> Draw on Shoes
Crazy Crunchy Chocolate MummyOctober 26, 2012 at 5:18 am
What a great idea!! I love this, their designs are fantastic.
Kelly Be A Fun MumOctober 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Thanks CCCM! I was so impressed with their designs too!
Sam StoneOctober 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm
I love this idea. Little MIss 4 and I will be doing this next week, she will love it!
Kelly Be A Fun MumOctober 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Oh, have fun Sam and Miss 4!
CraftyMummyOctober 30, 2012 at 8:59 am
Great minds! I drew on shoes for myself at the start of the holidays! (and blogged it, of course!)
Kelly Be A Fun MumOctober 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Cool! Leave your link here if you like, and I’ll include it in my post. I want to see them! I love the kids so much, I thought it would be a good idea to make some for myself too!
CraftyMummyOctober 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm
You should definitely make some for yourself!! Here’s mine: http://thecraftymummy.com/2012/09/how-to-draw-on-shoes/
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SunflwrinokMarch 11, 2014 at 1:09 am
Curious if you spray the shoes with anything to keep the Sharpie from bleeding when wet. We’ve done this before and the Sharpie bled if the grass was wet. I’ve tried one particular spray and it bled the ink as well. Any suggestions?
Kelly Be A Fun MumJune 9, 2014 at 7:48 am
Did you use the Fabric Sharpies (not regular sharpies?) – But for sealing, you could try these things http://www.ehow.com/info_7917189_can-seal-custom-painted-shoes.html
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Being a trans gal who just came out in her 40’s I missed out on a lot of these younger trends and products, thanks for pointing me to the proper supplies to try to live out a bit of the childhood I never had.