Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing ideas to celebrate Star Wars Day.
I started out with a pair of cheapy-cheap slip-ons from Walmart. Seriously, they were under $6. If you are new to painting shoes, or your kids feet grow fast, it is a lot easier to drop $6 on generic shoes than $50 on a pair of Vans. Then I hit up Hobby Lobby for paint. Now, my friend Cristin teaches art and her kids always enter the Vans Custom contest. She recommended that I purchase Golden Fluid Acrylics for my shoes, but they are fairly pricey. Since these are for Connor and I know he will grow out of them by the fall anyway I opted to get some acrylic fabric paint instead. The fabric paints were under $2.50 each so not too expensive, plus they will last me several more uses.
Once your shoes have dried completely sketch on your design lightly with an HB pencil, or a water-soluble marking pencil for sewing. Be careful with a regular pencil, as it won’t really erase off the paint, and will be difficult to cover over. I used a flexible straight-edge for straight lines, and this BB-8 markings picture for his designs. I also used an image from Etsy for reference. I had planned to create an original design, but Connor fell in love with these and begged me to just make them.
Paint using one color at a time, and allow to dry completely before moving on to another color or adding an additional coat of paint. Use a Sharpie Stain marker to do any outlines or detail work required.
Once you are satisfied with your paint job follow the instructions on the paint bottles to set the colors, and then allow to dry for the stated amount of time. Once dry apply a layer of sealer to your shoes. You can use Scotch-Guard, Acrylic sealer, or Modpodge Outdoor. Allow the sealer to cure for the amount of time specified by the package and then you’re done! I recommend reapplying the sealer every couple of months to keep the paint as fresh as possible!
I found the following blog post incredibly helpful in creating my shoes! Empress of Dirt: How to Paint Shoes
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Yellow | Celebrating Star Wars Day Loop:
- 1st Stop – My Pixie Dust Diary | Snack Ideas
- 2nd Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | The Force Awakens Movie Night
- 3rd Stop – Rolling with the Magic | 5 Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day
- 4th Stop – Superheroes and Teacups | Fun Books to Help You Celebrate Star Wars Day
- 5th Stop – Disney Mamas | DIY BB-8 Shoes