Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Nateal Erickson0
It’s Sew Geeky! – Upcycling Shoes
Hello again, Geek Crafters! First allow me to apologize for missing a bi-weekly edition of my It’s Sew Geeky! segment. But I’m coming back at you this week with perhaps one of my favorite ways to let your geek flag fly AND get your craft on, all in one fell swoop!
Geeky upcycling of shoes!
Geeky shoes have been getting a lot of good press lately. In fact, MSNBC’s The Today Show recently included a bit on geeky glitter shoes with the illustrious geek crafter Amy Ratcliffe. And let me just say that there is a geeky shoe craft out there for just about everyone, regardless of your level of crafting finesse. If you’ve got a little patience and aren’t afraid to get a little messy, that cheap pair of ballet flats you found on the clearance rack could just become your new favorite shoes of all time. Check out the images below for some seriously awesome ideas.
First on the list is glitter shoes. With tutorials abounding for shoes like this, usually involving mixing tons of glitter into mod podge and slathering the shoes with the glittery glue, putting a geeky spin on this apparently hot fashion statement is a bit more time consuming and finicky, but well worth it once you’ve seen the results.
But hey! Maybe glitter just isn’t your thing. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend the next three weeks vacuuming up bits of sparkly goodness from your carpets or discovering glitter in the dog’s fur tomorrow morning. That’s completely okay! If you’ve got a hand for drawing, all you need are some paint pens or even sharpies to create masterpieces like these!
To be honest, I have absolutely no talent for drawing. I don’t have the skills. But that hasn’t stopped me from buying some cheap, comfortable shoes from Payless (my go-to place for shoes to upcycle when the clearance racks fail) to geek up. And my favorite way to do it is with Mod Podge. This crazy tacky glue and sealant all in one makes shoes a legitimate canvas for decoupage!
Do you have other ideas for ways to geek out your shoes? Have you used any of these techniques yourself? Share pictures and tips in the comments! Remember to geek up your crafts, nerdites! And don’t forget, the best shoes are the geeky shoes!