Every woman has them: loads of shoes in the wardrop that have not been worn for more than a year. Sometimes we just hang onto our shoes even when they are worn out and out of fashion – especially if they are a pair that has served you well. Shoes hold memories: of places we’ve visited; adventures we have embarked on; people we have met so it is but normal to hang unto these footprints of life.
So what do you do with your old shoes that are out of fashion?
Before you turn to the recycling bin, to cast off your memorable shoes, first have a look at what I did with mine.
I’ve had this pair of simple loafers for several years. They are very comfy and I wore them whenever I felt the need to give my feet some TLC. I was about to cast them into the re-cycling bin but somehow I just couldn’t bear to throw them away. So naturally, that means they need a little embellishment.
Here is what I did…
My craft tools:
- A colourful magazine
- decoupage glue
- outdoor waterbase sealer
cuting tools, scissors, a utility (or exacto) knife
- acrylic paint
- a sponge brush and pinsels
Choosing the Color to use for embelishment
I decided to go for bright colours so I looked through my favorite magazine and found a page that had the combination of colours I wanted to embelish my shoes with. Then I cut the page into sharp edge triangular shapes so that I can easily place them on the shoes.
After cutting the magazine page into little pieces applied the cut out pieces unto the parts of my shoe that needed to embellished – using my sponge brush and decoupage glue. I did not follow any particular pattern just making sure that both colours are represented in both shoe sides.
I used acrylic color to make-up for areas that are not well covered with paper.
Sealing the embelishment
The last but most important step is to seal the complete application with waterbase sealer. This ensures that the embelllishment does not reap off ehrn the shoes get wet. Apply several layers of sealer to the completed application leaving each layer to dry for 15-20 minutes before applying the next.
And here is what the result looks like. I can now combine my upcycled shoes with my pink and yellow blazers for a smart look.
I plan to make an elaborate Video of how this was done. So please dont hesitate to leave a comment, like or share if you would love to see the video.