We are getting ready to move (again) and Jeff and I have been going through piles of clothes + shoes to decide whether they are keep, toss, or donate. But as we started to go through everything, I realized I needed to create a forth pile: things to DIY with before we leave. This pair of shoes is the first of those DIYs. I found them in the back of our closet and I don't think I've worn them more than once or twice because they are a little too plain. I like fun flats!
So I found a couple of neon paint pens in my craft cabinet and did a little makeover. Here's how you can recreate this look with your own pair of shoes.
- old pair of shoes (mine are Ecote - got 'em on sale for $19.99 from Urban Outfitters)
- neon paint pens (I used these exact ones from Amazon) that can used on textiles
Here's How to Make Them:
- Find a pair of shoes that you want to makeover and make sure they are clean from debris. If they're in the back of your closet, they may have accumulated a little dust. Just be sure to wipe them down first.
- Grab one of your paint pens and get to work!
- I had a semi-complicated leather detail on my shoes that I wanted to paint and the leather pieces overlapped one another. So I painted the "under" areas first and let them dry before painting the "over" areas.
- Move onto the other shoe. And then circle back and give the first shoes another coat of paint if necessary. I did two coats for my pair.
- Finish up with coat number two on the second shoes. Let them dry. And you are ready to hit the streets!
I am so glad I did this mini-makeover. Now I'll wear these flats all the time.
Here are a couple of photos of the finished shoes...
What do you think?
Will you be trying a neon project like this on an old pair of kicks?
Let me know in the comments section below.