DIY: Make it Pink!
If you’ve been a reader for a while now, you know I have a thing for re-vamping pre-loved shoes. I took on a new, super simple project this weekend and wanted to share it with you all. With the holidays just around the corner, I know we’re all searching for the perfect gift to give the ladies in our lives (bffs, sisters, cousins, aunts, nieces, even daughters!)
I can’t think of a better gift than one that is made with love.
And this Christmas gift idea is so easy and fun and 100% custom, the recipient will just love it!
Like my other shoe re-vamps, start with a pair of fabric shoes (satin, white wedding shoes work best). This time, I scored this lovely pair of Badgley Mishka’s on clearance for $50. They have a super comfortable kitten heel and a flattering pointed toe with a gorgeous jewel embellishment.
After much debate about color at Michaels’ in front of the fabric dye section, I settled on fuschia – feminine, but still deep and rich. (The runners up included wine and hunter green, both of which still haunt my dreams. I need to make some shoes in those colors asap).
The supplies are nice and simple: a big pot of boiling water, the dye of your choice (I like Tulip brand), some vinegar (for the dye), newspapers to protect the surface you’re working on, a paintbrush and your shoes.
TIP! If the soles are made of real leather, you can tape them off so no dye leaks on them, and they remain nice and tan. (*I didn’t do that here, so my soles are a super light tan-pink)
After four coats of dye (letting several hours pass in between each coat for them to dry), here’s the final result!
Active work time on these is about 20 minutes, as it takes about 5 minutes to do each coat of dye. This is a super easy weekend plan. Go ahead and find out your bestie’s shoe size and make her some one-of-a-kind shoes for Christmas in her favorite color! Also, don’t be afraid to mix two colors of dye together to get the perfect shade. *Some notes about dyed shoes: dye is water-soluble, which means that if they are worn in the rain or if they get wet, the dye will bleed (and potentially bleed on the feet. I haven’t experienced that, but you know, full disclosure). They can usually be fixed by stripping the dye and re-dyeing them the same color – or you can opt for dying them navy blue or black, worst case.
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