For Ahmi's 6th birthday I wanted to make something extra special. I decided to craft an authentic pair of Princess Elsa shoes after hearing that Ahmi had recently turned down commercial Elsa shoes because "they're not even the same style or color that Princess Elsa would wear".
She did have a point. With a round toe and strap across the top these Mary-Jane style shoes were pretty much the opposite of the design from the Concept art of Elsa...
- Hot Glue Gun
- Exacto Knife
- Craft Felt
- Craft Foam
- Paint (Powder Blue)
- Sparkles (Light Blue & White)
- Modge Podge
- Fabric Stiffener
- Jewels / Embellishments (optional)
Step 2: Pointy Toes
I found a pair of dress shoes with a slight heel at Payless for $16 and light silver turned out to be a nice base color for my icy blue shoes .
To create the pointed toe shape, I cut triangles of stiff craft felt and adhered with a few drops of hot glue.
Step 3: Icicles
I used a more flexible craft foam for the icicle shapes on the front & sides; sketching my pattern on sturdy paper before tracing onto the craft foam with an exacto knife.
I also cut out the sides of the shoes to extenuate the shape.
Step 4: Paint & Sparkles
Multiple layers of paint and sparkles were applied to achieve the perfect icy blue.
For the base color, I ended up mixing my own powder blue paint and applying with a nylon brush.
For the sparkle, I applied a thin layer of Modge Podge craft glue right before sprinkling with blue & white sparkles.
Step 5: The Crown
Constructing the lace crown was surprisingly simple. All you really need is sturdy lace, fabric stiffener, and a paint can.
The circumference of a large paint can is the perfect size for kid crowns. Cover the can with wax paper and secure your thoroughly soaked lace with a clothes pin.
I found the lace sold by the yard in the fabric section of my local craft store and the fabric stiffener was conveniently located next to the Modge Podge.