20 May 2016

Sharpie Shoes DIY

Hello lovelies!

Happy Friday! Have you got nice plans for the weekend? 

It feels like a really long time since I posted a DIY tutorial. Probably because all my recent crafting has involved making clothes from duvet covers, and those tutorials would go something like:
1. Cut up duvet. 
2. Sew bits of it together until it covers you enough that you don't get arrested.

This one is much simpler to explain, with the added bonus of nostalgia. Until this week I'd completely forgotten that I used to draw on my shoes as a teen; my favourites were some canvas high-tops Biro-d with Batman and Spiderman (this was before official comic book Converse. Yes, kids, I'm that old). It's safe to say my Mum's LEAST favourite pair were the new school shoes I swirled with black glitter paint; which earned me detention and had to be immediately replaced (that was pretty much the only time I got into trouble at school. Naturally, it was glitter-related). Oops.

I had to go Work Shoe Shopping earlier this week, which I tend to find rather depressing because my clown-sized feet only fit into Boring Shoes from the men's section. And I'm just not a boring shoe kind of person. Luck was on my side this time, when I found a pair of black Chelsea-style boots in the Topman sale- I even managed to wrangle an extra discount because one of them had a silver pen mark on the toe... *Cue Contemplative Evil Genius face and a detour into WH Smiths*

Shoes before. YAAAAAWN.



I'm sure a lot of you are thinking "Oh, those are lovely as they are; why would you scribble on them?". The answer, my friends, is SHINY. Yes, that is a legitimate answer. And here's the maths to go with it:

Boots + silver Sharpie + an hour or so of spare time =



Hurrah! It's like WALKING ON SPACE. Which I'm pretty sure basically makes me a qualified astronaut. 

Let's just all keep our fingers crossed my boss doesn't give me detention...

Katie xxx

14 comments:

  1. THEY'RE SO SHINY! Dude seriously, seriously. These are epic.
    My feet are so small I can legit buy shoes already prettied up for the kids (and also, because of the small there's less black to draw on) but if I couldn't, oh if I couldn't.

    Would it be wrong to empty out the husbands wardrobe and prettify his feet this weekend? He'd love that....right??? If I can't do that my weekend will be spent weeping and making flapjack.

    M x

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    1. Thanks lovely!! I'm so pleased with how they came out; I can't stop smiling at my own feet :p You can always add some extra sparkle to your pre-prettified shoes, right? And pimp your husband's foot-gloves to match xxx P.S. Not that any of that should stop you from making flapjack.

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  2. I hear ya on the massive feet! Me too!!! And I did exactly the same to a pair of black ankle boots except my stars were green metallic acrylic paint!!! Only recently chucked them out!!!

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    1. Great (feeted) minds, eh? I probably saw yours online ages ago and the thought seeped into my subconscious :p xxx

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  3. OMG THEY'RE SO COOL!!!!!

    How big are your feet?! My Mum is a size 9 and always manages to get the best shoes in New Look sales (including a pair of heels one year for 75p!!!) I'm always impressed when I meet a girl with big feet (oo-er ;-))

    I would love to have to confidence in my artistic abilities to be able to do cool things like this, but I even chickened out of customising my wedding converse as I'm just too bad at anything which is supposed to be pretty.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

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    1. Awww- thank you! I'm a 9 too (and wide-footed with it) and have scored a few good things in New Look - including the pair of heels I found in April (and subsequently bought an additional 2 identical pairs, as it's so rare for me to find shoes that fit!). Thank you for the tip though :)

      I'm sure you could do it with practice- the magic of this is people are so overwhelmed by ALL THE STARS they won't notice if a few of them are a little wonky :p xxx

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  4. Loving the space shoes! What a genius idea. I'm looking round the house for leather things I can pimp as we speak. Ruled out the chesterfield. xxx

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    1. Thank you!! Hope you found some good stuff! A starry chesterfield would be pretty damn epic... xxx

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  5. I absolutely love them. They are totally amazing. And I suppose it would be easy enough to re do the stars if they wear off. But how do you polish the boots? What do they look like after a couple of weeks? (Do I sound like your Mum?)

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    1. Haha! Thanks Vicky (/my Mum in disguise :p) It should be simple enough to top them up, but Sharpies are permanent so I shouldn't really need to. I guess one could use clear shoe polish? But I have to confess I never polish any of my shoes... xxx

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  6. They look so cool!! If I ever tried this, it would go awfully wrong, haha. They're so shiny and just awesome - good job!! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks lovely! I'm sure you could do it too - maybe have a practice on something flatter than shoes first? :) xxx

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  7. I love this! They look so cool - it's amazing what a little bit of creativity can do to change and refresh a pair of shoes, so cool! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks Tasha! It's certainly made me look at my older shoes differently :) xxx

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