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I am a big fan of DIY, and this was the first project I attempted, creatively exploring and using my own materials. Find that old pair pumps that you were thinking of trashing, and turn them into your all-purpose shoe!

Step 1: Choose the Right Pair

This is vital. You must, must, MUST choose the right pair of shoes for this project. You will be covering these shoes with layers of Modge-Podge glue and the material of your choice. Try for a pair of plain pumps that you know you wouldn't want to wear anymore. Just make sure they fit and don't put yourself in the position where you'd want to change your mind. Flats will work for this project, but no athletic shoes, anything leather, or shoes with laces and bows. If the shoes you choose have little decorations, you'll have to figure out how to cover the separate parts. You may just want to run down to the store and buy a pair of cheap heels if you don't want change anything on your current shoe selection.

Step 2: Find Your Comic Material

Your pumps are going to be covered with this. You need to choose wisely. If you go to a crafts store, you can find your basic comic fabric. Using fabric will make your shoes a little more durable, but will have extra steps. You can also save some Sunday comics sections and use them, OR, what I would do, is get one of those big, in-color treasuries from your local bookstore. It's really your choice, but you need color. That's what's gonna make those pumps pop! Consider your pros and cons. Here are some I found.

Fabric- Pros:

  • More durable heel, will last longer before you need to do a touch-up.
  • More colorful and coordinated.

Fabric- Cons:

  • Will take longer to make and touch-up.
  • You might not actually know which comic is printed on the fabric.

Paper- Pros:

  • Less steps, and less time needed on touch-ups

Paper- Cons:

  • Less durable, touch-ups needed more frequently.
  • A bit less color, the Modge-Podge glue will bleed through the paper.

Step 3: Choose the Supplies

If you've decided what kind of comic print you'll be using, I've made a list of recommended supplies, but you can choose your own. I have just put down simple DIY supplies that you probably have laying around. No need to go out and make leaps and bounds to get one thing. That's the beauty of DIY! If you don't have something, use something you have in handy! Both paper and fabric comic print require Modge Podge glue, though. Scrapbook glue might work as well, if you're using paper print.

Comic Paper Print Materials:

  • Modge Podge or Scrapbook glue
  • Foam pasting brush (for Modge Podge)
  • Crafting scissors
  • Finish spray

Comic Fabric Print Materials:

  • Modge Podge
  • Foam pasting brush
  • Sharp sewing scissors
  • Finish spray

Step 4: Shred!

Now's the time to shred your material. Do not use too small of pieces, the bigger the better. Measure the length of the shoe, and make sure the pieces will fit evenly before using any glue.

Step 5: Glue!

Now's the time where your shoe actually gets assembled! You will need a fairly large bottle of Modge Podge or Scrapbook glue to get the job done. If you are using paper print, you need to go easy on the glue so the paper won't crumble or tear upon contact. The glue will weaken the paper's appearance, so you might need to double layer, like those sweet Catwoman heels that are displayed on the intro page.

Step 6: Finish It All Off

Well, ladies, you made your first pair of Comic Print Pumps. Give yourself a hand! Now, you need to make that material hold. You can purchase finish spray at a craft store. This will essentially keep these nice and glossy and hold the glue together.

Step 7: Touch-Ups

At some point, the print is going to crumble, and these shoes will go through wear and tear. You will need to make touch ups, but that doesn't require making a whole new shoe! Touch-ups can be made by re-layering, which might take some time. Or, if you used paper, you might want to scrape the old stuff off and just add another comic. That's the beauty! When your favorite comic changes, your shoes can get a touch-up!

tried this a few months ago with an old vamparella comic and some patent heels from a charity shop. I love them very eye catching! had no issues with them in terms of durability!
Pretty cool!<br>You mention that fabric is better. The downside is you can't be sure what print you will be able to find. There is a way around it:<br>Take a plain non-printed fabric, print any comic of your choosing on an iron-on sheet, iron it onto the fabric. Tada! You get the benefits of fabric with comic of your choice :)
<p>Cool, thanks for the tip! I'm not very technologically advanced, so I actually just went and found some &quot;FoxTrot&quot; bedsheets to use form project. ;) </p>
<p>This is awesome. My kids would love this.</p>
Totally making this for my bride!

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