Introduction: DIY Shoes -design Your Own!

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Simply watch this video tutorial or see full instructions below. But the video is more fun... ;)))

I have been playing with this medium for a while now and I have been applying it to almost everything! :) This is one of my favorite projects though! Shoes! You can create any colour you like to match your current outfit. And they don't take long to dry either!

Let's create something special, shall we?! ;)

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Step 1: You Will Need

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An urge to create something :)

White patent shoes(try to wash the surface with soapy water and dry them before use),

Alcohol inks or alcohol ink based markers(although the result will be a lot less intensive with the markers) The inks I used: Zig-Kuretake Kcr-Refills Brilliant B2 set and also Tim Holtz Adirondack inks - all from Amazon

Rubbing alcohol - ordered from Ebay


Any object with a flat surface for applying the ink (I used a glue stick and a wooden block)

Piece of felt


Cloth or paper towels

Strong glue-I used all purpose glue

Step 2: Felt Application

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Cut the felt into small pieces and glue it onto your selected objects using a strong glue/super. Let them dry for a few minutes.

Step 3: Applying the Ink

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Get your newly created stamping tool and add a bit of rubbing alcohol to the felt (the felt should be fully soaked) then chose your favorite inks (I went for Prussian blue and ocean green) and apply them to the felt. Start stamping your shoes. At the beginning the result will be quite soft and colours light, so if you want more intensity, then add more inks to the felt and less alcohol. And then stamp, stamp, stamp until you are completely satisfied with the result :)

To remove the ink, just use some rubbing alcohol on a cloth.I have actually tried some other colours on the top of this and didn't like it, so I removed them. The surface of the shoe will be stained, but you can easily cover it again with a deeper colour.

Also, make sure you are doing this in a well ventilated room or outside as the fumes are pretty strong

Step 4: Clean Up

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Dip some rubbing alcohol onto your paper towel or a cloth and remove any unwanted ink stains.

And that's it really, let them dry properly for a day or so and you can wear them... see next step for final result :)

Also, there is no need to varnish them afterwards as alcohol inks are water proof. If you do decide to use a varnish, please test it first as most of the varnishes make the colours bleed and dissolve. I’ve tried a lot of different varnishes and none of them worked.

Step 5: Let's Party! :)

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Hey! So what do you think? Cool, right?! Well enjoy creating your own ink stamped shoes and don't forget to party all night!...or at least till midnight (like Cinderella)!.....or 8pm, 7pm.... Whatever time you go to bed! :D

BTW as always the next step is my video tutorial with a twist ;) if anyone's interested :))

See Ya xxx

Step 6: Watch Video :)

For more visit my YouTube channel Helena Daydreamer and if you feel like it, then subscribe to my channel to support my creativity :) Thank you.


UnicornRider (author)2016-07-05

The hat is white!

booklover21 (author)2016-06-29

I love the creativity. So unique!

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-05-19

Lovely! Great job :)

Lineakat (author)2016-05-17

this is so cool!

Super_seal (author)2016-05-15

I love those shoes! you make me want to make them!!

I'm glad you like them :)

These are so pretty! You should enter them in the Wedding Contest!

Thank you, I shall do that now! :)

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