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How to decorate shoes

How to decorate shoes

A pair of GD baby shoes made from recycled thrift store shoes, acrylic paint, and the method listed below.

Decorate your shoes?

There are so many ways to decorate canvas shoes. You can personalize them online, get them painted by a professional, color them with Sharpies, paint them yourself, stick things to them, and probably do a zillion other things I don’t even know about.

But if you have very little artistic talent and you want something unique, the options are often on the costly side.

While trying to solve this dilemma myself, I came up with this method, and it works pretty darn well!

The best part is that you need little to no artistic talent, and you can still have Bella, Edward, Harry Potter, the Grinch, Eeyore, a photo of your pet, or your favorite Manga characters on your shoes by following these simple steps.

You Will Need:

  • canvas shoes
  • tacky glue
  • computer-printable iron-on transfers
  • an image design you like (as a digital image)
  • a piece of thin white cotton, such as muslin
  • acrylic paints, if desired, in complementary colors

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Close-up of the fabric / transfer image

Step One: Print

Shrink the image to a size that will fit on the side of the shoe.

Print it on the transfer paper, making sure to set the print to “mirror image” so that all letter and designs come out on the transfer opposite than usual. They will become righted when ironed on later. Follow direction in transfer paper package.

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Step Two: Get it on the fabric

  • Cut out your design with a bit of border around it from the transfer paper.
  • Place on the white cloth fabric.
  • Iron the design onto the white fabric, following the iron-on transfer package instructions. This will most likely require you to cover the transfer with a light cloth or towel.
  • Cut design out of white fabric and transfer paper, cutting off the rest of the border from the transfer paper.

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Chuck Taylors make a great canvas for any type of decoration.

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How to decorate shoes

Vans have been synonymous with skateboarding culture ever since their introduction in 1966. Despite a few lines selling unsuccessfully in the 1980s and resulting in bankruptcy, Vans has been able to get its act together and once more sell shoes all around the world. Today, Vans slip-ons have become popular in the hipster community. But whether you’re looking for slip-ons or plain old tennis shoes, you can easily customize any Vans shoe to your individual taste.

Start by going to the official Vans website, vans.com, and selecting your country.

Select “shop” once you arrive on the landing page. You will see a link underneath that says “Custom Shoes.” Click on that link.

Decide which type of shoe you want. You will be asked to choose between a slip-on or two styles of tennis shoes.

Select your gender and shoe size. Click “Next.”

Choose whether you want to start your base color with black or white. Click on the shoe you want. Underneath you will find “Inspiration,” or shoes that have already been customized. You can click those and order them or proceed with creating your own.

Begin to customize your shoe. Click on “Vamp” to customize the top of the shoe. You can roll over each of the selections to preview how it will look. Click “Quarter” to customize the sides of the shoe. Click “Heel Counter” to customize the back portion of the shoe. The “Foxing” refers to the rubber area between the shoe and the sole and the “Foxing Stripe” refers to the stripe between the area. Depending on which shoe you chose, you will be able to customize the tongue, lace, eyelets or inner elastic on the shoe.

Click and order. Most of the shoes run for about $60 USD.

Learn how to turn plain white shoes into colorful, wearable works of art.

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Tie-dyed clothing never seems to go out of style. Blasting onto the scene in the sixties, it seems that we can never get enough of these colorful designs. Over the years, tie-dyed items have come a long way from the traditional T-shirt. I’ve seen so many tie-dyed items including tote bags, scarves, bedding, paper goods and shoes. This summer, my daughter and I decided to jazz up some $5 white tennis shoes (or sneakers, depending on where you live) that we found at the local craft store. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. The following morning, we went outside to complete these masterpieces. I’m thinking that we are definitely going to have to do this craft again with friends. These shoes are my daughter’s own wearable piece of art.

How to decorate shoes

Summer Fun: Make Tie Dye Shoes

Learn how to create tie dye shoes that are wearable works of art.

  1. How to Design Your Own Track Shoes
  2. How to Make Your Own Puma Shoe
  3. How to Buy Red Wing Boots Online
  4. How to Lace Chuck Taylor Hi-Tops
  5. How to Lace Vans: Step-by-Step

How to decorate shoes

Vans have been synonymous with skateboarding culture ever since their introduction in 1966. Despite a few lines selling unsuccessfully in the 1980s and resulting in bankruptcy, Vans has been able to get its act together and once more sell shoes all around the world. Today, Vans slip-ons have become popular in the hipster community. But whether you’re looking for slip-ons or plain old tennis shoes, you can easily customize any Vans shoe to your individual taste.

Start by going to the official Vans website, vans.com, and selecting your country.

Select “shop” once you arrive on the landing page. You will see a link underneath that says “Custom Shoes.” Click on that link.

Decide which type of shoe you want. You will be asked to choose between a slip-on or two styles of tennis shoes.

Select your gender and shoe size. Click “Next.”

Choose whether you want to start your base color with black or white. Click on the shoe you want. Underneath you will find “Inspiration,” or shoes that have already been customized. You can click those and order them or proceed with creating your own.

Begin to customize your shoe. Click on “Vamp” to customize the top of the shoe. You can roll over each of the selections to preview how it will look. Click “Quarter” to customize the sides of the shoe. Click “Heel Counter” to customize the back portion of the shoe. The “Foxing” refers to the rubber area between the shoe and the sole and the “Foxing Stripe” refers to the stripe between the area. Depending on which shoe you chose, you will be able to customize the tongue, lace, eyelets or inner elastic on the shoe.

Click and order. Most of the shoes run for about $60 USD.

Going through your old shoes and getting rid of certain pairs to make room in your closet can be difficult. It’s always hard to let go of a pair you loved the look of but that never fit right, or your most comfortable pair that have finally bitten the dust. Just because you can’t wear them anymore, however, doesn’t mean you need to throw a pair of shoes in the trash!

Check out these 15 creative ways to repurpose old shoes so that nothing practical goes to waste.

1. Succulent pump planter

How to decorate shoes

Shelterness suggests using that pair of fancy pumps that hurt you to much to wear as a planter for cute succulents. Succulent plants are long lasting and low maintenance, so they’re a good choice for unconventional planting that’s a little more decorative than usual.

2. Platformed cactus pot

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Cacti are another hardy plant that will survive being placed in something a little more fun than a regular terracotta plant pot. We love this high heeled planter idea from Shelterness where the cactus is planted directly in the deep platform at the front of the shoe!

3. Running shoe herb garden

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Run Ragnar suggests disinfecting your comfiest old running shoes and transforming them into an herb garden display. Attach them to a stump and plant directly in them to create a unique little corner in your yard that juxtaposes commercial things and greenery.

4. Hanging shoe jewelry rack

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Recyclart shows you how easy it is to place small accessories, like bracelets or rings, in the toes of an old pair of shoes hung up on the wall! You can even screw a couple hooks through the soles of the shoes to give yourself something to hang necklaces or earrings on as well.

5. Baby shoe pin cushion

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Some people like to copper their baby’s first pair of shoes for display, but Handmade Harbour has another idea for mamas who are also seamstresses! We love this adorable pin cushion idea because of how it looks, but also because it’s study enough to place just about anywhere while you pin and sew.

6. Old shoe birdhouse

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This post on Pinterest shows you one of the simplest ways of reusing an old shoe out there! Nail it sole down to the side of a tree and place some bird seed in the toe. Birds will either love visiting the shoe for a little snack or completely take up residence there like this feathered family did!

7. Flip flop wall planters

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Pinterest is full of great ideas for turning shoes into cute wall hangings. We love this idea of hanging up a pair of flip flops and balancing a well-sized plant pot into the toe thong so flowers and bloom from the sandal.

8. High heel coat rack

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HGTV shows you an awesomely kitschy idea that upcycles as many pairs of heels as you need to all at once! Attach the shoes to a plank of wood so the heel sticks out and up and hang it on your wall. Use those heels to hang coats, towels, your bath robe, or scarves!

9. Flip flop and ribbon wreath

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This adorably bright flip flop and ribbon door wreath is perfect for summer! We can picture if perfectly welcoming guests to a sunny pool party or summertime kids’ birthday party. Check out how it’s made on Passion for Parties!

10. Shoe leather pillow

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If you’re looking for a way to reuse at least the genuine leather on several pairs of different kinds of shoes, then consider this awesomely unique shoe leather pillow featured on Shoeholics Club! We loved the way the leather pieces are quilted together so you can still see the details of the shoes.

11. Upside down shoe stepping stones

How to decorate shoes

Outdoor Mama shows you how to make an adorable little walkway from one place to another in your garden by setting shoes upside down like stepping stones along the ground. Kids, especially, will love hopping from sole to sole as they walk.

12. High heeled ring rack

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The Toasted Coconut guides you through the process of inserting a padded fixture for rings into a pretty high heeled shoe to make a glamorously decorative jewelry rack that will suit the theme.

13. Shoe iPad stand

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This iPad stand featured on Bailey’s Home is actually made of old shoe forms, but if you don’t have access to any of those, you could easily make a similar rack out of shoes instead.

14. Kid’s flip flop wind chimes

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This simple shoe craft featured on Pinterest requires just a pair of scissors, some strings, some chimes from the craft store (or a tinkling DIY replacement for metal chimes, like keys), and a little flip flop sandal! Just make sure you’re very careful not to cut yourself when you puncture holes in the sandal for the strings!

15. Flip flop welcome sign

How to decorate shoes

Crafty Morning shows you how to make an adorably summery welcome sign just like this one from differently coloured or patterned flip flops! We love how the bright colours of the shoes complement the bright flowers. Yours doesn’t have to say “Welcome”, but remember to make sure whichever letters you choose will fit on the number of flip flops you include!

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Of all the clothes and accessories we have to store in our room, shoes are among the most egregious problem item. We possess too many pairs for our own good, and they’re often bulky or come in weird shapes.

It’s time to stop tripping over your heels or digging through mismatched sneakers every time you want to leave the house and look presentable for society.

There are many different ways you can organize your shoe mess, whether you prefer to stack them or line them up — or maybe you’ll take any configuration as long as it saves space and makes your shoe situation neater.

14 shoe organization products to make the most of your closet space:

A combination shoe rack and hallway bench

SONGMICS Shoe Bench, 3-Tier Shoe Rack

This organizer-meets-bench is a nice-looking entryway option where you can put the shoes you wear more often or the casual shoes you wear out for quick errands. It fits around 3 pairs of shoes comfortably, or four pairs if you stash flats on their sides. You can also sneak flip-flops , sandals, and low-profile sneakers like Converse under the bottom row to hold even more shoes.

A waterproof shoe rack

Songmics 5-Tier Shoe Rack

This shoe rack features waterproof, non-woven fabric tiers that you can wash. It stores up to 25 pairs of shoes and the metal tubes are removable so you can adjust each layer’s height.

A hanging closet organizer

mDesign 10 Shelf Soft Fabric Closet Organizer

To make the most of the vertical space in your closet, get this hanging closet organizer. Its deep, narrow shape is optimized for all types of shoes.

A stackable shoe rack

Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack

This rack is very easy to assemble, plus you can build upon it once your shoe collection grows by stacking multiple units on top of each other.

Clear shoe boxes

Drop-Front Shoe Box

Our resident shoe fanatic Amir Ismael swears by these clear boxes to keep his large shoe collection organized. They also protect shoes from dust. If you’re scared of stinky shoes, don’t worry — they have ventilation holes.

A spinning shoe tree

Honey-Can-Do Shoe Tree with Spinning Handle

Spin your way to your favorite pair of shoes every morning. The heavy-duty chromed-steel shoe tree comes in chrome, bronze, or white, and is available with either three or four tiers.

A shoe cabinet that doesn’t take up too much space

3-Drawer Shoe Cabinet

Mount this cabinet to the wall (it comes with all the hardware) and you can store up to nine pairs of shoes. The drop-down drawers help keep its profile slim.

A shoe organizer that slides under your bed

Woffit Under The Bed Shoe Organizer

The space under your bed is the hidden area you’re probably not taking proper advantage of. Store 12 pairs of shoes in this fabric organizer, which has two handles to allow for easy access.

Hanging shoe pockets for your closet

PEVA 18-Pocket Shoe File

The clear pockets let you see all your shoes. It’s perfect for lighter shoes like flats, sandals, and sneakers.

A stackable cube organizer

Songmics 15-Cube Plastic Shoe Storage Organizer

Arrange these cubes in any order that works for your space. The cubby-like system provides a better organization than an open shelf.

A rolling rack like the ones you see in clothing stores

Whitmor 10-Tier Rolling Shoe Rack

Do you have 50+ pairs of shoes? You might need to get serious with a 10-tier metal rack like the kind you see in department store sale sections. It’s an easy, affordable way to deal with your shoe obsession.

A slanted organizer you can use for more than shoes

Umbra Charcoal Slant Shoe & Accessory Organizer

High heels can be tricky to store. This mesh shelf organizer keeps both your floors and heels safe, and is also suitable for accessories like handbags.

A high-quality wall rack

Elfa Utility Shoe Storage Door & Wall Rack

This Container Store exclusive isn’t cheap, but it is sturdy and multi-functional. Assembling the rack is as simple as sliding the hooks over your door.

An under-$10 organizer

AmazonBasics 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Medium-Size Shoe Organizer

On the other hand, if you don’t want to spend more than $10, this basic AmazonBasics over-the-door fabric organizer can also get the job done.

How to decorate shoes

There are so many crafts that can be using only recycled materials, objects that you can find around the house or very cheap products – you don’t need much to start a DIY project!

In this OneHowTo article we’ll show you how to decorate shoe boxes with tissue paper, transforming plain practical boxes into beautifully decorated objects. It will be cheap, practical and it will look great, and it’s a great activity for children as well.

  • Shoe boxes
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Glitter, fake jewels, ribbons or other embellishments
  • Tissue paper, gift wrapping paper
  • Scissors

First of all, get a shoe box or a similar container with a lid for each participant – you don’t want the children fighting over it!

How to decorate shoes

Prepare a glue mixture by combining one part white craft glue – the most common kind for lightweight objects – by two parts water in a glass or bowl. Mix well. This mixture is actually very useful for all kinds of crafts, so it’s a good idea to master it!

Prepare paper ribbons and patches by ripping and tearing multicolor tissue paper. Stick to a single shade or different neutral colors for an elegant, sophisticated design. Tell us about your ideas and designs in the comments section!

If you’re working with children, they will love this part. You can use brown, red and gold for a pirate treasure-looking box, greens and pinks for a fairy tale vibe, or vibrant, popping colors to decorate a children’s room.

Start to decorate the shoe boxes by use a paintbrush to paint a layer of glue mixture all over the box. Apply tissue paper on all their surfaces.

Have rhinestones, glitter, plastic jewels and other decorations to glam up the box. Unleash your creativity. Decorate shoe boxes with the theme of your choice – is it a pirate’s treasure chest? A witch’s potion trunk? An art nouveau jewel box? – or be as abstract as you want.

How to decorate shoes

Once all elements are glued to the shoe box and dried, you’ll have transformed it into a treasure chest that your children can play with, or into an elegant bejeweled box for your most precious goods.

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This an affordable and easy guide on how to decorate shoe boxes with tissue paper. If you want to really make it glam, you can use cloth instead of tissue paper, use gift wrapping paper for a more polished look, or paint it to imitate wood.

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Here are some photos to help you to decorate pointeshoes. You can use nearly everything you can fit in a craftshop to decorate a pointeshoe. A wonderful time to buy stuff is christmas. All those ribbons and glitter!
I don´t want to go into detail how I made a single shoe, because I sell some shoes, so I don´t want to give out all my secrets.
But I´m sure my photos will help you to find lots of ideas for yourself.

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Kathy, what a wonderful job you have done, not only with your decorated pointe shoes, but also with compiling this very delightful thread!

I am in absolute awe of your level of creativity! Also, I think you have maybe inspired a lot of people into thinking about how it is possible to finish a dance costume all the way down to the toes.

Thank you so much for this posting.

This is so creative! Thank you very much Kathy! For the paint, could it be okay to have a fabric paint or is there a special product for satin textile?

Well, I used silk paint. I´m sure you can use other fabric paint, too.

If you think it´s sticky material, push the Mod button and say so. Then the Mods will make it a sticky if they also think it´s worth being one.

I use some old ones, used by dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin. But I also have lots of new ones I bought at Deutsche Oper Berlin (the dancers of Staatsballett Berlin don´t fit into those shoes, so they sold them to me).

Kathy, you’re amazing! They’re sooooo professional! The sequined ones are the absolute best. i’d die for those silver ones, and the orange are really lovely too.

lexi

I did these one’s a little bit ago. Now i just have to find more of my old pointes! Its a great idea. i like to give them a way to my family as art.

WOW!
You did a wonderful job, Kathy! You are so creative. Thanks a lot though, now I can wait for my pointe shoes to die so I can decarate them! =P

This needs to be a sticky so that when we’re done with our pointe shoes, we can come here to this thread to refresh our memories on all the wonderful ways to decorate pointe shoes!

Fabulous job.

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How to decorate shoes

Have you seen the decorated cowboy boots trend lately? You can basically transform boring, androgynous cowboy boots into super fun, super girly boots by decorating your own cowboy boots. So, if you are wondering what to do with old cowboy boots, here we have the answer for you, and we will give you lots of cowboy boot decoration ideas. So, take out your old cowboy boots because today at OneHowTo we will teach you how to decorate cowboy boots easily and cheaply.

How to decorate cowboy boots: romantic scarf

You can simply decorate your own cowboy boots with a stripe of your preferred fabric, we recommend pink or lace for a romantic contrast. Lay the fabric around the cowboy boot, cut it according to the boot width, make a hole at the one and sew a button on the other end, secure it, that’s it! You could even make it easier by just making a cute bow instead of using the button. This is the easiest way to decorate cowboy boots.

How to decorate cowboy boots: cut out stencils

For this cowboy boot decoration idea, you will need to make a stencil following our tutorial. It can be a star, one or more geometrical shapes etc. Then, you will need an exacto knife to slowly and carefully cut out the stencil shape from you boot. Use a comfortable wooden table. Here you go, you know what to do with old cowboy boots to put them back in fashion!

How to decorate shoes

How to decorate cowboy boots: the boho boots

This is a cowboy boot decoration idea that is perfect if you want to dress boho in winter. The decoration looks very intricate but it is sooo easy to make. Just follow our tutorial:

  • leather scissors (optional)
  • fabric glue
  • belts, laces, feathers, chains, pendants (choose the decorations you like)
  • If you want to transform high boots into ankle boots, cut the boots at the back, exactly in the middle, and fold the leather to transform it into ankle boots
  • cut long strips of your preferred fabric and laces, long enough to go around the boots
  • Fill the cowboy boot with paper to keep it full, as if you were wearing it
  • Tie a large belt at the bottom of the boot, and smaller ones further up.
  • Glue lace and fabrics underneath the belts. Cut excess fabric
  • Then go on and glue parts of the belts to the boot, they will be more stable
  • You can add chains, pendants, tie a small ribbon around the decoration
  • Remember to use very little glue
  • Let your boho decorated cowboy boots dry for 48 hours

This is the most fashionable way to decorate cowboy boots. And it also looks very complicated!

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How to decorate cowboy boots: glitter boots

This is the fanciest way to decorate your own cowboy boots. Here is how to decorate cowboy boots with glitter:

  • jewel glue
  • glitters
  • painters tape
  • a brush
  • clean your cowboy boots
  • define the are you want to paint with glitter by using painters tape
  • mix glitter and jewel glue in a bowl and mix well
  • paint the boots with the mixure
  • wait 10 minutes then paint again
  • let dry overnight

Here you go, you have decorated old cowboy boots!

Now that you know how to decorate cowboy boots, you can make your old boots look new and trendy!

How to decorate shoes

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Miss 8 had decided (at least for this week!) that she wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up! Both my girls are all about sparkles and ruffles and pretty shoes! As I don’t want to encourage an expensive shoe fetish (at least not too early), this DIY fashion project is a perfect compromise – decorate your own shoes! They are super easy to make, in fact, the hardest part might just be getting your child to take the completed shoes off!

How to decorate shoes

Create Your Own Decorated Tennis Shoes

You will need:

  • A pair of white, canvas tennis shoes
  • A set of fabric markers – we used Crayola’s Bright Fabric Markers
  • Small, decorative costume jewels (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

How to decorate shoes

To make:

1. Remove the shoe laces and create your very own colourful designs all over the shoes with the fabric markers.

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2. Follow the manufacturer’s directions provided with the fabric markers to heat set the design. Our markers required putting the shoes in the tumble dryer for 30 minutes.

3. Glue jewels into place with hot glue.

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4. Re-thread the laces and step out with your very own rainbows at your feet!

How to decorate shoes

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How to decorate shoes

Last updated on October 8th, 2019 at 10:58 am

What you’ll need

  • Scissors
  • Paper or fabric
  • Ruler
  • Glue or double-sided tape

What you’ll need to do

  1. Choose your fabric or paper
  2. Cut your chosen material to the correct size
  3. Stick your material onto the outer sides of your shoe box and lid

A guide to wrapping a shoe box

Before you bin the box, consider injecting a new lease of life into your old shoe storage. Give your shoe box a fresh look with a little gift wrap or repurpose your humble container as a new home for your nick-nacks and old photographs.

Rather than being a present for the recycling bin, a nicely wrapped shoe box can double up as a gift box for birthdays and Christmas. Uncover a few tips and tricks and find out how to wrap a shoe box with our handy guide.

Wrapping a shoe box is as simple as slipping on a pair of new shoes. Before you get tangled in Sellotape, follow these simple steps.

  1. Select your wrapping material

Choose the fabric or paper you want to use for wrapping your shoe box. If you’re planning to use the shoe box as storage, aim to choose a fabric or paper that matches the décor of your room. When gift wrapping a shoe box, pick wrapping that will suit the recipient’s tastes so they can reuse it later.

  1. Measure the box

Measure the narrow ends of the shoe box and add two inches for overlap on the width and three inches on the depth. For the longer sides of the box, you’ll want to measure a piece of material that’s just slightly short of the full length but allow for three inches of overlap on the depth at each side. For the lid, you’ll need to cut a piece of your chosen material that’s the same size as the lid, plus double the depth of the sides for overlap.

  1. Cut the material to fit the box

Once you’ve measured out your material, cut very carefully along your measurements. You should have two pieces of material for the short lengths, two for the longer lengths and one for the lid.

  1. Stick the material to the box

Put some double-sided sticky tape on the ends of the box and with great care, attach your paper. If you’re using fabric, a crafting glue will typically hold the material in place better.

  1. Fold over the edges

Once you’re confident the box is secured to the paper correctly, fold your overlaps and secure them in place using more tape or glue.

  1. Finish covering the wrapping

Repeat steps three and four for the long sides of your box and the lid to finish covering it. There you have it – your shoe box is ready to go.

  1. Top it off with a bow

Add a touch of class to your wrapping skills with a bow. If your shoe box has a flip-style lid, you can still use the above method. Alternatively, you could cut a single, bigger piece of material to cover the side and lid together.

How to gift wrap shoes without a box

Should you find your new pair of shoes are without a home, you can still wrap them up nicely without a box. Here are a few alternatives that may be more suitable if getting a little bit crafty isn’t your thing:

  1. Wrap them in fabric. Traditionally known as Japanese Furoshiki , this method is also environmentally friendly as you use a cotton or silk scarf as the wrap. The scarf could also be given as part of the gift.
  1. Wrap them in tissue paper. Another simple yet effective way to wrap shoes without a box would be to tie them together with a ribbon, then wrap in tissue paper as before. This method can add a splash of colour, look eye-catching, and cuts down on the excess going into the rubbish afterwards.

Sending shoes through the post

When sending shoes through the post, either with or without a traditional shoe box, always try to put them in an outer box to send. Shoe boxes are usually made from single wall cardboard and aren’t designed to withstand much of an impact. The same goes for wrapping paper bags and cellophane. Though the shoes are unlikely to get damaged, if they’re being sent as a gift and they turn up sticking out of a damaged box, it might spoil the surprise a little.

Re-purposing a shoe box

As well as using a shoe box as a storage box, you can re-purpose them in several other ways.

A picnic basket for two

Wrap your shoe box in your favourite fabric or twine and add ribbon or strips of cloth for handles to create a cute picnic basket perfect for a Sunday stroll with the family.

Your own football table

Create a football table by cutting goals into the ends of your shoe box and creating holes for your handles on either side. Use cardboard rods to create the handles and fashion a couple of footballers out of cardboard too. Put it all together, add a ping-pong ball and voila! Hours of fun during rainy days.

DIY jewellery board

Cover the lid of your shoe box in your favourite material and use drawing pins to hang up your necklaces and bracelets to rid yourself of the hassle of detangling them every morning.

Choosing the right shoes to give as a gift can be a difficult task, but wrapping them and finding a use for the box can be even harder. Hopefully, our useful tips on how to reuse or gift wrap shoe boxes have helped and will go some way to making things a little easier for you.

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How to Decorate an Antique Mall Booth

Store displays are an important part of merchandising commercial products. When a display is well designed, it attracts customers and can increase sales. Whether it’s a food market, a clothing retail store or a bookstore, it’s worth investing the money and time into creating store displays to feature your products. Whether you’re decorating a store display window or a display inside your store, you can design an ideal display with a few guidelines and some artistic discernment.

Decorating Store Displays

Select the merchandise you wish to show in your store display. If you’re decorating a storefront window, choose the most striking and appealing products to draw in customers. Items with bright colors or with neat, symmetrical designs are best. You can also display items proven to be bestsellers in your store or in your industry. For example, you can feature New York Times bestselling books in a bookstore display or your top-selling candies in your confectionery store. Take advantage of seasons and holidays by setting up special displays showcasing products to appeal to your customers for the particular season or holiday.

Purchase the appropriate store display furniture for your merchandise if you don’t already own it. For instance, for jewelry and small gifts, jewelry display cases work best, and for books and greeting cards, bookcases are most appropriate. Displays should coordinate with the style of your merchandise or store. For instance, choose shelves in dark-colored woods if your store has dark hardwood floors, or display vintage jewelry in antique jewelry cases. You can find retail store fixtures and displays online.

Fill the store displays with your products, arranging them neatly and in a way that is artistically appealing. Stack similar items in orderly pyramids or arrange them in symmetrical patterns. Shopdisplays.net recommends “colorful combinations and contrasts, simple clear lines, all very compulsively organized, neat and tidy.” You can add decorative touches, such as fabrics or colorful trays to rest your products on, but it’s best to keep the attention on your merchandise.

Label items with their names and prices, especially for food. Use attractive labels and a font size that is easy to read. Label unique items such as jewelry pieces, books, and clothing individually. In cases where there are multiple items of a particular type, for example at bakeries or candy stores, provide one label for each type of item.

You can decorate store displays not just for holidays but also for special seasons or times of the year, such as allergy season, if you sell nutritional supplements, or back-to-school time for office supplies and children’s clothes.

Clean and tidy up displays regularly, as they can get mixed up and dirty throughout the day as customers look at them.

Here are some photos to help you to decorate pointeshoes. You can use nearly everything you can fit in a craftshop to decorate a pointeshoe. A wonderful time to buy stuff is christmas. All those ribbons and glitter!
I don´t want to go into detail how I made a single shoe, because I sell some shoes, so I don´t want to give out all my secrets.
But I´m sure my photos will help you to find lots of ideas for yourself.

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Kathy, what a wonderful job you have done, not only with your decorated pointe shoes, but also with compiling this very delightful thread!

I am in absolute awe of your level of creativity! Also, I think you have maybe inspired a lot of people into thinking about how it is possible to finish a dance costume all the way down to the toes.

Thank you so much for this posting.

This is so creative! Thank you very much Kathy! For the paint, could it be okay to have a fabric paint or is there a special product for satin textile?

Well, I used silk paint. I´m sure you can use other fabric paint, too.

If you think it´s sticky material, push the Mod button and say so. Then the Mods will make it a sticky if they also think it´s worth being one.

I use some old ones, used by dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin. But I also have lots of new ones I bought at Deutsche Oper Berlin (the dancers of Staatsballett Berlin don´t fit into those shoes, so they sold them to me).

Kathy, you’re amazing! They’re sooooo professional! The sequined ones are the absolute best. i’d die for those silver ones, and the orange are really lovely too.

lexi

I did these one’s a little bit ago. Now i just have to find more of my old pointes! Its a great idea. i like to give them a way to my family as art.

WOW!
You did a wonderful job, Kathy! You are so creative. Thanks a lot though, now I can wait for my pointe shoes to die so I can decarate them! =P

This needs to be a sticky so that when we’re done with our pointe shoes, we can come here to this thread to refresh our memories on all the wonderful ways to decorate pointe shoes!

Fabulous job.

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First pick out a shoe that you want to glitterize! This is my mom with one of the shoes she chose. Mine were the same, just a size bigger. They can be pretty much any material, but I recommend NOT using patent leather shoes because the glitter won’t stick quite as nicely.

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Measure out the mod podge glue and the glitter. It will be a 1:1 ratio, so you want as much glue as you have glitter. We used 2 oz glue and 2 oz glitter, but then we had TONS of leftovers and had to go on this crazy search to find tons of more things to glitterize haha So I would cut that at least in half, if not more! Also I would recommend using very fine glitter. We did and it came out amazing! But I’ve seen pics of people who used bigged glitter and it looks kinda chunky:/ Oh! And this is my good friend in this pic, we had a glitterizing party:)

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Mix your glitter-glue concoction up really really good!

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Paint your glitter-glue concoction onto your shoes:D They will look much lighter than the color glitter you chose because of the glue, don’t worry, if you use mod podge, it WILL dry clear:) This is a pic of me, by the way haha

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And keep painting layer after layer of the glitter-glue concoction until all of your shoe is covered:)

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Now is the time if you have a lot of excess glitter-glue concoction to find other things to glitterize. I didn’t take a pic, but my mom even glitterized 2 purses and a glasses case haha Then let dry and then LIGHTLY spray with some clear glaze spray. Let dry again:)

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Then show off your awesome new glitterized shoes.

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How to Make Chocolate High Heel Shoes by Jennifer Dontz

This tutorial is on how to make a lifesize (about a size 6) chocolate shoe. These are SO much fun to make and your imagination can run wild. I made a really fun pair for the TLC competition, but I can’t show them to you until after the show airs. I covered them in a patterned fondant. they were really cool 🙂

Step 1 – This is the mold that you need. High Heel 3-d Mold

Step 2 – You will need to trim the mold and cut out the section that you would place your foot into if it were a real shoe. I normally write on the mold for customers so there is no doubt which parts need to be removed. I trim about a good inch to inch and 1/2 all the way around the mold. This allows you to clamp it tighter.

Step 3 – Melt your chocolate and pour into the mold. I kind of swirl it around to get to the edge of the mold, then pour it out leaving a thin shell in the mold. I put the mold in the frig JUST until it gets hard. Prop the mold upright. don’t leave it in there to long or the really thin shell will crack. Just until it’s setup. Then you do the pouring process 2 more times, for a total of three layers. You don’t need to be quite as careful with the refrigeration time on the other two layers. Once it starts getting thicker, it really shouldn’t crack. The heel part will be fully filled in by the time you do three layers of chocolate.

Step 4 – Remove the mold from the fully setup shoe. You will have some rough edges.

Step 5 – Trim down the seams with an exacto knife. I like using the cotton chocolate gloves (on the site). you don’t get any finger prints on the chocolate when using these.

Step 6 – Add whatever your imagination comes up with. I love to use the Jem bow makers and pearl molds. The # 4 pearls are nice and delicate, perfect for outlining the edges of the shoe.

Finished shoe 🙂 This was dry dusted with silver hi-liter dust. I used the Jem bow maker and some of the 2mm dragees. I also mounted it to a chocolate base. The “base mold” I sell in the mold section works great. I unfortunately cannot get the base mold that I used in the picture. But the oval one works great as well.

This is another gorgeous design, I think this one looks like a bridal shoe.
Again, I used the Jem bow cutters. If you don’t have them, they are SO much fun to use. I will try to do a tutorial on those for the next post. I also used the # 4 pearl mold.
If you would like to know how to make awesome chocolate pearls, the instructions for my pearl clay + many other cool techniques, including step by step making of pearls, are on my Fun With Fondant Frills DVD.
I also used a section of the floral lace press on the shoes below. It really makes for a very stable shoe to add the base mold. You can fill it with truffles and place on the tables OR wrap with pretty cellophane for a beautiful gift or give away at a bridal show.

Tutorial and Photos by Jennifer Dontz 2009 all rights reserved.
This material may not be reproduced for commercial use without permission from the author.
You can find other cake decorating supplies and instructional DVDs by Jennifer Dontz online at SugarDelites

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DIY Shoe Decorating For Kids

I dare you to find any child that wouldn’t love to be handed a pair of white shoes and be given the space to decorate them themselves!!

This DIY shoe decorating craft by Stephanie is SO cool – using fabric paint in spray bottles really creates a fab edgy graffiti look.

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Here’s what you need to gather together for this activity

fabric paint in spray bottles
white fabric shoes
decorations such as sequins
fabric glue
sticker shapes

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If you don’t want to go to the trouble to putting fabric paint in spray bottles you could just as easily use fabric pens or fabric crayons.

Step 1
Create your design on the shoes with the sticker shapes. These ‘masked’ areas will show through as white when the paint is dry and you peel off the stickers.

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Step 2
Cover the floor (or ground if working outside) with a plastic sheet or old tablecloth. Hand your little one the bottles of spray paint and let them off……. when they are all done leave the shoes aside to dry.

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TIP: Stuff the inside of the shoes with newspaper or kitchen towel so the paint spray is confined to the outside surface of the shoes only.

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Step 3
Add any additional embelishments such as sequins and glitter, using fabric glue!

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and voila!! your kid will be sporting some pretty unique and funky shoes, ever proud with each step they take as they made them themselves xx

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Time to get your crafty pants on!! or shoes in this case 🙂
Michelle
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My passion is creating cool stuff for my home from salvaged JUNK! Excuse the rust. it’s intentional.

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Spring decorating with mossy wooden shoes

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I hit the new and used store the other day, and came across some old wooden shoes.

I posted them on Instagram and Facebook, (read the replies in those links) asking what in the world others would do with them.

Well, you convinced me I HAD to bring them home, even without a goal in mind.

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Leaving the wooden shoes in their original patina (for now), a hole was predrilled in each, then attached to the entry wall with screws.

There’s just something about an organic wood patina that I can’t bear to treat nor cover. Sorry painters, but I think I’m a little addicted to them as is!

Well, that just started all kinds of other goodness going on. You can’t just hang fabulous wooden shoes filled with moss and plants and not do up the entire space! Nope. Spring decorating with mossy wooden shoes definitely happened.

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And here we have what I think is my personal favourite piece. This mini cone shaped topiary was created with a solid sheet of moss, hot glued onto a cone form, then wrapped with jute twine. A little raffia inside a stained clay pot and it turned out as cute as can be!

My crafting friends while at the Michaels Hometalk Pinterest Party will recognize it! It was SO fun crafting along side everyone!

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The moss topiaries made prior are hiding in the background as well.

Just a few little elements thrown together became an entryway all ready for spring! Even with snow still on the ground.

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All because of a couple of old wooden shoes.

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There are many ways to recycle old shoes, sneakers, and boots for plant containers and make beautiful and cheap decorations for outdoor rooms. Lushome shares attractive and practical ways to reuse and recycle shoes for decorating yards, greenhouses, sunrooms, gazebos, decks and patios with flowers, decorative grasses, cacti or succulents growing in shoe planters. Recycling footwear and creating attractive pots for small plants and flowers are perfect ideas for spring decorating. These crafts help declutter closets and give a Green touch to fresh and eco-friendly homes.

Old shoes, sneakers, and boots which outlived their usefulness transform into cute flower planters for your garden, porch or balcony decorating. Old footwear is a perfect material for creative recycling projects, declutter your home, and turn useless things into attractive, and cheap decorations for outdoor living spaces.

Glue and paint, ribbons and beads, old buttons and pine cones change the way old shoes, sneakers or boots look. Color and texture create bright yard decorations and original accents for outdoor rooms. Glue and paint mix gives a fresh glossy coating for recycled shoes. Beads, buttons, tiny branches or pinecones, anything you can find, help create unique details and a personal touch to these eco-friendly designs.

Cheap decorations for outdoor rooms and gardens

Creative painting ideas are an easy way to recycle old footwear. Adding color and decoration patterns to a worn shoe transforms useless items into whimsical and practical planters. Using old shoes for small planters without any decoration adds a natural rustic feel to backyard ideas.

How to recycle shoes for planters

1. Make several holes in the sole of an old shoe for the water to drain. If the worn sole has holes, make sure the water can drain well especially if you decide to hang the shoe planter on a wall, door or fence.

How to decorate shoesHanging planter made of old rain boot, creative backyard ideas

2. Decide if you want to leave the shoe lace for decorating the planter. You can use ribbons, burlap pieces or twisted laces in contrasting colors to hang them shoe planters, to create accents and decorate walls, fences, and posts. You can use shoe laces for making a loop for hanging the planter.

3. Fill the shoe with moist potting soil.

4. Plant flowers, patting down and watering the plant.

How to decorate shoesOld boot planter with flowers, fun backyard ideas

5. Place the shoe planter in the garden, on your porch or hang on a wall, post or fence, selecting an area that best suits the type of plants you want to grow in the planter. Some plants need full sunshine while others need partial shade. Choose local plants and flowers that grow well in your area.

6. Water the soil in the shoe planter according to the needs of the plants.

How to decorate shoesRecycling shoes for planters and decorating with flowers

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Personalizing clothing and footwear has gained major popularity in recent years in the heat printing industry. If you’re looking for a great way to start creating your own custom apparel and accessories with a heat press, there’s no better place to start this summer than with flip flops. With a few key tools and materials, we’ll show you how easy it is to decorate flip flops with a heat press and turn up the heat on your profits.

Heat Printing Tools Needed

1. Heat Press
2. Heat Transfer Vinyl
3. Heat Press Pad or Hotronix ® Shoe Platen
4. 6 mil Cover Sheet or Kraft Paper
5. Flexible Application Pad
6. Extra Flip Flops for Testing

Get Started Heat Printing Flip Flops

1. Choose the type of flip flop shoe you’d like to decorate. Straps with cotton, polyester, or nylon are common and the best fabric choices for applying heat transfer vinyl with a heat press. *Note make sure the straps you choose can withstand high heat from a heat press. Rubber and PVC straps are not recommended.

2. Choose the type of HTV you’ll be applying. Use our material/fabric selection chart to help you decide which material will work best for your flip flops.

3. Create your design. When it comes to creating custom logos and designs for your customers, you have options. Check out our top choices below:

  • Purchase a roll of special effect CAD-CUT® HTV and cut the design on your vinyl cutter
  • Order a Custom Cut CAD-CUT® Transfer – we’ll send you a cut & weeded design, you just heat apply!
  • Choose CAD-PRINTZ® Sublimation Transfer Sheets for a full color look in one application

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*Pro Tip: Use the same special effect HTV to create a fun, trendy summer look for your customers. Check out this blog post to see how to use Glitter HTV to decorate flip flops and a bag perfect for any beach day!

Ready to Decorate Flip Flops with a Heat Press?

Before you begin decorating, you’ll want to protect the foot bed of the flip flop so it doesn’t come in direct contact with the heat press.

The Hotronix® Shoe Platen will make your life so much easier when heat applying all types of shoes. Position the flip flop strap on the platen, place the design, cover with a non-stick cover sheet, and heat apply according to the heat transfer application instructions.

Use a Heat Press Pad for a Perfect Print, Every Time

If you’re not looking to invest in the Shoe Platen, but want to get started printing right away, a Heat Press Pad will come in handy. You can cut the pad down to make it easier to handle and fit inside the item you’re pressing. Insert the pad underneath the straps of the flip flop, place the design, cover with a cover sheet, and heat apply.

Make sure the fabric on the area between the toes can withstand the heat. If you’re unsure, it’s best to invest in a flexible application pad to help prevent synthetic elements from melting.

That’s it! You’ve just decorated your first pair of custom flip flops. With the right tools, materials, and education, decorating something new doesn’t have to be hard! Happy heat printing!

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How to decorate shoes

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  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Estimated Cost: $15

Whether you plan to dress up as an elf to help Santa greet children, act in a Christmas play, or just have fun, you’ll need some elf shoes. And you can make them yourself with this festive sewing project ideal for intermediate sewers that only takes a couple hours to create. Of course, not all elves are Christmas elves. To make “everyday” elf shoes, choose whatever colors of felt you like, change the zigzag fringe piece into a solid band, and skip the jingle bells on the toes. This pattern fits most women’s shoe sizes either with or without slim-fitting shoes underneath. It also can fit some men’s shoe sizes when worn only with socks. If you need elf shoes for kids, you can shrink the pattern pieces to size.

Most fabric stores sell acrylic felt by the yard, which is what you need for these elf shoes. You also can use wool-blend felt, which stretches less, is easier to work with, and lasts longer. Acrylic felt is less expensive, but it’s often worth the extra cost to have quality felt.

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Iron and ironing board

Materials

  • 1/2 yard felt in main color
  • 1/4 yard felt in contrasting color
  • Thread that matches main felt
  • Fabric paint (optional)
  • Small jingle bells (optional)

Instructions

Cut Out the Elf Shoe Pieces

Download and print out the following pattern pieces:

When printing the pieces, be sure to set them to print at 100%, checking for accuracy by measuring the 1-inch square. If you want to slightly reduce or enlarge the pattern to fit small or large foot sizes, make sure you alter the size equally for all the pattern pieces.

Attach the two Elf Shoe Upper pattern pieces on the marked edges. Then, you’re ready to cut out the felt pieces. Felt does not have a right or wrong side. But it is best to pick one side to be your “right side” on all of the pieces in case of a variation in the production of the felt.

  • Cut two sole​ pieces, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  • Cut four upper pieces, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  • Cut two fringe pieces, placing the marked edge on the fold.

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Sew the Top of Each Shoe Together

Pin the two upper pieces together. Then, sew the pieces together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance to match what you added to the pattern pieces.

Sew from the top point of the shoe to the curved toe. Pivot at the point and then continue sewing, stopping at the flat edge of the sole. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure the stitching.

Repeat with the second shoe.

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Attach the Zigzag Fringe

Open the shoe upper, and press the seam open. With the wrong side up, pin the zigzag fringe along the curved edge. Sew the fringe to the elf shoe upper.

If the fringe extends past the edge of the shoe (which can happen if your seam allowance varies from the sample), trim it to match.

Repeat with the second shoe.

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Sew Together the Back of Each Shoe

Fold the fringe up and out of the way. Then, pin and sew the back, or heel, of the shoe, starting at the fringe seam.

Repeat with the second shoe.

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Sew the Sole of the Shoes

Join the sole to the upper, working from the toe toward the heel. Sew around the sole. Ease the fabric as needed to make the sole fit evenly.

Repeat with the second shoe, and turn them right side out.

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Finish the Shoes

Hand-stitch a jingle bell to the curved point of each toe. For extra jingle, you can also attach bells to the points of the zigzag fringe.

To help prevent slipping, consider painting dots of puffy or dimensional fabric paint on the soles.

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Ways to Wear the Elf Shoes

If you wear women’s shoe sizes up to size 9, you should be able to slide low-profile shoes inside the elf shoes, giving the elf shoes a more secure fit. For larger feet, consider wearing thick socks under the elf shoes.

Elf shoes look great with colorful tights. You also can wear them with striped knee-high socks in coordinating colors.

No matter how many pairs of feet live in your home, you always have multiple pairs of shoes for each season. Your closet may be the biggest offender in lack of shoe storage but once you have that under control, you still have the issue of sole pile up by the front door. Because kicking off your shoes when you get home is a sign of homecoming and comfort. So a storage solution that will corral your shoes in your entryway is a must for every home. Check out these 10 ideas for shoe storage that you can incorporate into your entryway.

There’s nothing easier than stashing shoes in a box or basket, no matter where it is. Choose your storage to fit the style of your home and slide them under a bench to best use the space in your foyer. (via Rooms For Rent)

Who wouldn’t like to come home and be met with a glint of shiny copper? DIY this copper rack to keep your shoes stacked and tidy instead of piled haphazardly in the corner. (via Fresh Crush)

IKEA has a way of bringing a little magic into every room of our homes. Whether you have a dedicated entryway or not, you’ll want this shoe rack which will look clean and minimal while keeping your soles out of sight. (via House Tweaking)

Sometimes a foyer is so small or even so nonexistent that you have room for one piece of furniture and that piece must have a duel purpose. Go with the bench turned storage chest and you can easily toss your shoes in when you arrive home. (via A Place For Everything)

Nobody wants drippy muddy dirty boots tracking the outdoor grime over the indoor floor. A simple rolling tray will give those work boots and wellies a place to rest until it’s time to visit the garden again. (via Magnolia Market)

In a small home, storage has to be extra creative. Not only does it need to clear the clutter, it has to be space efficient as well. Creating a shoe storage drawer underneath the stairs lives up to both of those requirements. (via Buzzfeed)

Looking for a sleek and modern option for storing shoes in your entryway? Opt for mounting cube shelves on the wall which not only gives you unlimited space for shoes, it provides endless options for decorating as well! (via Leroy Merlin)

For the family who is proud of their shoe collection, use a glass pained cabinet to showcase your favorite pairs of soles. Whether it’s tall or short, it will become your favorite piece in your entire home. (via Elle France)

Planters are affordable to the wallet and easy to screw into a wall. Put a couple in your foyer to catch the shoes and the dog toys and the sports equipment. Nothing like multi purpose storage. (via Be Sweetly Inspired)

While this may not be a good option for families with children, if you’re an independent bachelorette, you’ll want to listen up. Storing your shoes on a shelf in your foyer will make your space feel more like a shop than an entryway. Plus, all your favorite shoes will add sparkle and glamor to your decor. (via Riches For Rags)

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Heelys is a patented brand of footwear that is a hybrid between regular walking shoes and roller skates. The Heelys shoe has at least one wheel that is incorporated into the sole of the shoe to give the illusion of skating without visible wheels. The owners of these shoes can easily transition between walking and skating, which adds to their appeal. While it is possible to purchase these shoes in local shoe shops or through online vendors, if you have a favorite shoe at home that you would like to transform into a Heely, the process is relatively simple and requires only a few tools.

Remove the wheels from either an old skateboard or a pair of inline/roller skates. Use a screwdriver to loosen and detach a wheel from the board or the skates.

Take an old pair of shoes that you would like to embed with wheels. Just make sure that the sole is thick enough to house the wheel. To determine whether the sole is thick enough or not, simply place the wheel next to the shoe’s sole. The wheel should only extend slightly past the bottom of the shoe but have plenty of room (at least 0.5 inch) between the padding of the shoe and the wheel.

Use a black permanent marker to draw a square on the bottom of the shoe’s heel; this will be used as the guide for cutting the hole. If needed, use a ruler or straight edge to ensure that the lines are perfectly straight. Hold the wheel against the square to make sure that it is large enough. Repeat this step for the other shoe.

Cut along the lines with a small but sharp knife. Dig out a hole deep enough to accommodate the wheel. There should be a small space between all sides of the hole and the wheel; the wheel should protrude no further than 0.5 inch from the sole. Repeat for the other shoe.

Place a screw through the center of the wheel and slide it into the hole to gauge the fit. The screw should extend slightly past the width of the square.

Use the knife to cut small slits along either side of the square to accommodate the screw. Repeat this step for the other shoe.

Wrap a small piece of duct tape around the ends of the screw once the size of the hole is a good fit for the wheel.

Position the wheel into the hole. The ends of the screw should fit securely in the thin slits that you created in Step 6. The duct tape will hold the screw in place and prevent it from shifting from side to side. Repeat this process for the other shoe to finish your Heelys.

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A bedroom should be a sanctuary—a place of quiet retreat amidst a busy day; a spot to unwind while changing out of work clothes; or even a relaxing room in which to watch the evening news. Most of all, a bedroom should be the most comfortable and calming place to rest a weary body after the close of a long day.

However, many of us do not know how to decorate a bedroom. Many times our bedrooms receive our leftovers. We often focus on our living rooms or kitchens, places that the guests can see, and neglect the room where we will spend more than one-third of our lives!

Below you will find steps for decorating your bedroom along with tips on how to decorate a beautiful bedroom with style.

Lay a Foundation With Furnishings

  • A common problem in most bedrooms is too much furniture or furnishings that are too large for the space—or both. Give yourself room to breathe in your bedroom by carefully choosing bedroom furniture that fits the scale of your bedroom, and decluttering often.
  • A bedside table or two is a necessity for most. Consider your needs. If you love to read volumes in bed, a small bedside pedestal table probably won’t work.
  • Clothing storage should also be considered. Do you need extra hanging space, room for folded clothes, or both? Does your closet provide adequate shoe storage? There are many affordable wardrobe options available or add a faux closet by sectioning off part of your bedroom with drapes or a freestanding screen.
  • Consider the furniture arrangement, as well. If at all possible, beds should be placed far away from busy doorways or drafty windows. Most people feel most comfortable with the head of their bed facing toward the main doorway, though experiment to find what feels best to you. Consider the “traffic patterns” of your bedroom when placing your furniture.

Invest Wisely

  • You can skimp on your comforter, rug, and curtains, but don’t try to go cheap on your mattress, pillows or sheets. Paying a bit more for these foundational items will help you have a good night’s rest and may save you from neck and back pain, headaches and more.
  • Your sheets touch your body for eight hours a night, so they should be high quality. Look for 100-percent cotton sheets in a high thread count.
  • A good quality mattress and supportive pillows that are specific to your sleeping patterns will go a long way promoting rest and healing during the nighttime hours. Before you purchase a pillow or mattress, do your research and test out as many as possible since U.S. regulations prohibit most of these items from being returned after purchase.

Decide on Color

  • If you are a morning person, try choosing a lighter color scheme for your bedroom. The less you enjoy the early mornings, the darker and more sophisticated you can go with your color palette, which may feel oppressive to early risers.
  • If you would like to add color but prefer neutral walls or can’t paint the walls where you live, add color through the use of a painted piece of furniture, or choose a large, unique piece of furniture to add interest and serve as a focal point.
  • Fabrics and bedding are also great ways to add color. Rich, vibrantly colored curtains or an upholstered headboard are also great ways to add color and texture to a space.
  • Purchase your bedding before painting your walls. It is usually much easier to match paint to bedding than to find bedding to match your paint.

Layer Your Lighting

  • Lighting is a very important consideration in a bedroom. Overhead lighting in a bedroom is fine, but don’t forget to add bedside lamps and other task-specific lighting. If you work the daily crossword puzzle in bed or always put on makeup in your bedroom mirror, be sure to add specific lighting in those areas to suit your needs.
  • Dimmer switches make excellent additions to bedroom lighting. Lighting can be turned down to create a calm, restful feeling, yet can still be turned up for full lighting when needed.
  • Mirrored or glossy furnishings in light colors or woods are a great way to add light to a dark bedroom or tone down a too-bright bedroom with darker colors and furnishings and non-reflective surfaces.

Choose Soft Furnishings and Decor

  • Throw pillows and blankets are kind of like icing on a cake—not necessary but certainly a bonus if you have them! Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money on these items. Throw blankets usually need to be replaced every few years and pillows patterns often become passé.
  • If you have hardwood floors in your bedroom, consider adding a rug for comfort and warmth.
  • Light-blocking shades or blinds tend to cost more, so if you need them, be sure to factor this into your budget.

Add the Final Touches

Buying small decor and artwork is where most people tend to begin decorating, but it is actually where one should end the decorating process. Choose accessories to compliment your space, and be careful to not overdo it. One beautiful painting or a perfect scattering of small photos atop a dresser is often all one needs to add a finishing touch to a bedroom.

Lately I’ve been absolutely loving the bold, new shoes that we’ve been seeing on the runways. The only problem is, while statement-making shoes are fun, I’m just not committed enough to the trend to fork over my credit card. That’s why in today’s DIY I’ll be making these Gucci inspired loafers for less than $15 by showing you how to decorate shoes.

Personally, I love how these loafers turned out. Loud, fashion-forward loafers may not be for everyone, but I love the whole idea of feeling completely dressed up… while wearing comfy, flat shoes. Plus, these bad boys can totally make a pair of distressed jeans and a t-shirt look instantly stylish.

On the craziest mornings, you can throw these on with almost any t-shirt and distressed jeans for your outfit to be instantly elevated. Then, if you want to dress them up, pair these glam loafers with a little black dress for an unexpected twist on a classic outfit. What’s not to love with versatility like that?

So, without further ado, let’s get started……..

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How to decorate shoes

I scored these black loafers at Target for just $7 on the clearance rack and they took up valuable space in my closet without getting much love ever since.

Do you have a few pairs of shoes like that too? Just in case you don’t, here’s a few pairs that would be perfect for this project and cost ten dollars or less:

Before we can really get started, you’re going to fold a piece of paper in half. Why? Because we don’t want any gold paint to smudge into the rest of your loafer. Slide your folded paper under any areas that you plan on painting to prevent any excess mess. This will make your project so much easier and eliminate mistakes.

I wanted this part of my shoes to be a bold gold hue, so used several coats of gold metallic paint. Let it dry for about 10 minutes in between coats. Really, it usually took about that long to paint the other shoe so I was able to keep adding paint until it was no longer transparent. When I was done, my shoes looked like this:

Next, I made sure the room was ventilated and opened my E6000 Glue. This stuff is so strong! Seriously, the fumes will make you light-headed if you don’t open a window. It’s great for this project thought because it dries flexible so is perfect for applying all the details that make these shoes special.

After you’ve applied all the details and embellishments you like, let your new shoes dry overnight before wearing. Enjoy!

These shoes are perfect for dressing up a basic outfit and can bring a whole new element of style to an otherwise boring get-up. Plus, they are ridiculously comfortable and cost WAY less than splurging for a designer label.

Thank you SO much for reading this little project. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below!

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