Design Your Own Shoes

decorate shoes with sharpie fabric pens

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)

decorate shoes with sharpie fabric pens -- white canvas shoes

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.

sharpie shoe designs

 Source: 1. Flowers 2. Stars 3. Bow 4. Music Notes 5. Heart 6. Square 7. Words 8. Rainbows 9. Shapes

More Ideas

  • Stars
  • Sun
  • Trees
  • Hearts
  • Stripes
  • Flowers
  • Dots
  • Music Notes
  • Rainbows
  • Shapes
  • Swirls
  • Diamonds
  • Words
  • Buildings
  • Kite
  • Swing
  • Clouds
  • Rain
  • Swirls
  • Cupcakes
  • Speech bubbles
  • Doodles
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Roads
  • Cars


I then let the kids go for it, and for the next half-an-hour, they drew.

decorate shoes with sharpie fabric pens -- draw on shoes

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!

kids sharpie shoe design

kids sharpie shoe design

kids sharpie shoe design


The girls were stoked with the finished product. Can you tell?

sharpie shoe design -- kids

sharpie shoe design -- kids

sharpie shoe designs

sharpie shoe design -- kids

Happy. Happy.


Crafty Mummy designed flower shoes for herself. Check it out here –> Draw on Shoes

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  • Reply
    Crazy Crunchy Chocolate Mummy
    October 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

    What a great idea!! I love this, their designs are fantastic.

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    Sam Stone
    October 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!

  • Reply
    October 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!)

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    December 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

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    March 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?

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    September 9, 2022 at 11:33 pm

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