I will show you how adorable hand painted kids tennis shoes can be!
Jacquard had recently sent me some vibrant fabric paints to try out and I knew that transforming a pair of white canvas sneakers for my precocious little neighbor girl was the perfect DIY project!
And I only needed a couple of art supplies to transform these plain white boring tennis shoes into something fabulous and fun!
- White canvas shoes from Kmart (on sale for $8)
- Jacquard textile paints
- Paint brushes
To start I removed the original laces and penciled in a quick creative sketch of what I wanted right onto the shoes with my pencil.
Next I mixed some white and red Jacquard paint to make a nice hot pink color. I painted the front and back of the shoes staying along the sewn seam.
Now it’s time to add some funky cool zebra stripes. I just free handed these. Yeah, luckily it’s not too hard to mess up zebra stripes!
Next I added some large white hearts on the front of the shoe right on top of the hot pink. I was quite impressed with how well the white covered over the pink. I also added the little girl’s name on just one of the shoes.
Once the white hearts dried, I added funky zebra stripes inside of them too.
For a finishing touch I added some zebra striped ribbon for new shoe laces. Now normally you need to set Jacquard paints on fabric with an iron, but since you can’t really iron tennis shoes, I just used a hair dryer set on high for about 30-40 minutes to set the paint.
I mean, seriously… pretty cool to change a plain pair of tennis shoes into something original, fun and funky?
Yep, I’m pretty happy with how these turned out! My daughter saw these so of course I had to paint a pair for her as well.
She wanted something bright and bold with polka dots and crazy colored zebra stripes. And then she asked me if I could make a pair for Valentine’s Day and St. Patty’s Day. Oh boy, I foresee a lot of painting in my future…
How adorable are these shoes? You are so talented!!!
Those are just adorable … love the zebra stripes! My girls would love a pair!
This is a super-cute project and I love anything that allows kids to make a personal statement in our bigbox world. One word of over-protective caution (from a primary teacher): unless the shoes are strictly indoor shoes to be worn solely (ahem) at school or home, the child’s name should be inside the shoe, not outside for the world the world to see.
Safety aside, it’s like wearing a nametag in public – cuz who’s not gonna notice such snazzy shoes!
Totally love your blog – and your shoes. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for the tip! A monogram might be a great trade off 😉
OMG!! So adorable!! Love it!!
Cheryl@ Sew Can Do says
Very neat product – will have to check that out. Were the ones you did for your daughter already pink with colored grommets? The contrasting stitching is so perfect I can’t imagine how to be that good at avoiding painting them!
Hers were already pink. They didn’t have white in her size! 🙂
Mandy Hank says
So cute! My daughter would LOVE these 🙂 Great job!
Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com says
There turned out SoOo C U T E !!! Pinning 😉 Thanks a bunch for sharing!! 🙂
Thanks so much Brenda!
Evelyn Wallis says
Instead of a hair dryer do you think putting in a dryer on a shoe rack would set it ?
Yep, that should do the trick!
Hello! Nice work! I found your article searching for new ideas, as I already paint clothes and want To try something else. My only problem is that I obviously can’t iron the shoes, interesting the idea of the hair dyer, but…I realy hope you mean 30-40 seconds! Because 30-40 minutes is a quite long time…I barely have 5 minutes for ironing each t-shirt. 🙂 Thanks for your future answer!
Hah, yes seconds!!! Good catch 😉