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.
- More durable heel, will last longer before you need to do a touch-up.
- More colorful and coordinated.
- Will take longer to make and touch-up.
- You might not actually know which comic is printed on the fabric.
- Less steps, and less time needed on touch-ups
- 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!