Like most of you out there in the blog world, I peruse the endless images found on pintrest. This is both a wonderful experience, as well as a horrible addiction. All these ideas that are pintrest inspired have booked me for the next few months, and that is only if I can get around my now cluttered craft room, and use the little time I have everyday after running and or biking through the streets of life. Well one of the pins I have looked at repeatedly are these really cute shoes.
If you click on the photo you will notified of the $156.00 price tag on these bad boys. Now I will tell you this, and please take this with a grain of salt… when you make something, it may or may not be as pretty as the original. You HAVE TO BE ready to understand this with any creative project you take on. There is a usually a reason things are expensive, but if you can be okay with the look of a possibly inferior product, then my dears CRAFT IT! Which brings me to my newest project… Polka dot shoes.
I purchased some imitation canvas shoes for 11 dollars with 2 dollar shipping on Amazon, as seen in the photo on the right. As you can see, they do not have the fancy wood soles and the color is a bit darker but I care not about these details. I also went to my trusty sidekick of a store, SCRAP and found fabric paint for 25 cents a tube. (Thanks again SCRAP) I did not take the time to make a stencil, which would be a great idea for those of you that enjoy your dots to be precise. I freehanded my dots using the tip of a paint marker to make the circular pattern, but filled it in with fabric paint, since the fabric paint will survive the Portland rain. As you can see in the photo below, the dot space is different from shoe to shoe.
You can also use some tape around the edges of the trim so that the color does not leak over off of the intended space. After about $15.00, and an hour of catching up on my Orange is the New Black and dotting away this is what they came out to look like…
Not too bad I may say (well photo quality aside) So over $130 saved, and some shoes I can beat around as much as I would like to.