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Camouflage Sneakers

 Well I did it, I went and got creative. Check out C1's newest pair of shoes:

I saw this post over at LBB for Graffitti shoes and was immediately jealous in love with her creatvity. I mean seriously check these out, complete with a brilliant tutorial.

 Can you believe the awesomeness? I can't creative and adorable.

So I was inspired to go out and make a similar pair for my little one. The thing is C1 is not really a graffitti girl. She only wants to wear things that are purple and  insists on answering to the name Orajel the Jaguar (don't ask because I don't understand myself).

I went to my local stomping grounds, an Early Childhood PTA kids resale, and picked up this pair of shoes for $2.00. I love me some Chuck Taylors, but they were not purple so C1 refused to wear them. She said they looked like boy shoes.

I contemplated whether to save them for C2 or make them into something that she would wear. I went for purple camouflage and gathered up the following supplies:

  • Ad Age (You could use pretty much anything to paint on, but I felt like painting on Ad Age instead of reading it this week.)
  • Fabric paint
  • Shoes (fabric)
So here is the paint I used:

The Ad Age I defaced:

And now for simple, play it by ear instructions.

I took out the laces then coated the shoes in white fabric paint to cover up the tan color.

I should have taped everything off and stuffed the shoe with newspaper, but I was going for quick and easy.

After painting the shoes white you have a lovely blank canvas to work with.

I wanted to use all of the shades of purple C1 picked out during our last trip to the craft store so I decided on doing a camouflage look. I dotted various different shades of purple next to one another to make the camouflage splotches. If I thought that the colors were blending in a little too much I dotted in some more white paint to break things up.

I initially tried to work around the shoe holes, but I gave up. I kept camouflaging until I was happy with the look. It took me about two hours. (Disclaimer: I was watching Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice so a few breaks took place so I could oogle at McSteamy and company.)

Here is the finished product:

Allow to dry for twenty four hours, lace up and off you go.

That was easy, wasn't it?

Next: find out what I did with that pile of t-shirts.

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Being Tazim said…
love these unique sneakers! I am a new follower from blog frog

SparkleWildfire said…
Yep these are cool. Is it wrong to want to make some for my 34 year old husband?!
~SHANNON~ said…
Those are precious! So creative and special- I bet your daughter LOVED them!!! Thanks for sharing how you did it! I may have to try that with some baby shoes!!

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A said…
Wow - great job!! :)

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Robin Ange said…
Hayley -

I would definitely make some for my hubby, though maybe not in purple?
Megan Gunyan said…
Very nice! My daughters would love the color combo as well! Great job.
Too cool! The teens in the family would LOVE these! Gonna have to try it. So clever!
Kaysi said…
That is very creative!! Super cute!
ComfyMom~Stacey said…
Those are adorable! I foresee a summer craft project for my sons!
Heidi Schulz said…
Brilliant! I see a craft day coming up on my future!
Erin said…
LOVE these!!! My kids would love them and be the envy of everyone!

Anonymous said…
Very cute and creative! Money saved and a happy kid is all that matters..and the awesome result! Thanks for linking up with PonyTails and FishScales!
Too cute! What fun for kids to do too!
Such a cute idea. My kids have a few pair of shoes that are stained up -- what a great way to refurbish them!

Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!

Leslie said…
Those turned out FABULOUS! Thanks for linking them up to Hoo's got talent!
Sew Can Do said…
These look better than anything you could buy with a similar print. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday - I'd love if you added the party button to your blog:)
Thanks so much for linking up to Pajama Party at Life In My Pjs!!


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