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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Turn $5 shoes from Walmart into cute and unique shoes with Mod Podge and Paper

Once again, sorry that I haven't blogged in a while. Life's just so busy that I haven't really had time to blog. (Yeah, I know, I've used that excuse alot. It's always true though.)Anyway, one of the reasons that I was busy was because I was decorating my shoes! I bought some plain white shoes at Walmart for $5 and then decorated them. I'm super excited about how these turned out. Here's what I did to decorate them!

Materials:

  • Plain shoes
  • Magazines or Printer Paper (and a printer)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
Instructions
  1. Choose whether you'd like to mod podge on magazine clippings, or if you'd like to print out small pictures on a lnkjet printer. If you print pictures out, there is a chance that the ink will run. To prevent this from happening, I suggest leaving the papers for a day to make sure that the ink is completely dry and will not smudge. I mod podged magazine clippings on to my shoe because I didn't want to wait for the paper to dry completely ( I may be just a tad bit impatient), also I wanted the colors to be bright, and my printer was running out of toner, so it would probably turn out more colorless. The size that I suggest for pictures is about a one inch square, although I cut out some larger pictures for the background of my shoe. This is because when I covered my shoe with small pictures, even if there was a space in between the small pictures, it would be covered by a design.
 
 2. Create a Mod Podge sandwich. By this I mean to apply one coat of mod podge and immediately afterwards apply the pictures, then to seal with another coat of mod podge. When working on the first layer of mod podge, I applied it in sections and then glued the pictures on, and then applied mod podge to another section and repeated this process. I decided on only mod podging the top section of my shoe, but you could mod podge as little or as much as you'd like. The mod podge that I used was Outdoor Mod Podge, so even if I step in a puddle, my shoes should be safe

3. Let it dry.

4. Add any other elements to your shoe. I used a blue sharpie to go along the edges of fabric to really make it pop.

5. Admire your new shoes!








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