Monday, October 18, 2010

DIY Twinkle Toes

Twinkle Toes - Upcycle Style!

I went shoe shopping this weekend with my 5 year old daughter, she most definetely inherited my love for shoes! You should have seen her face when she saw a pair of Twinkle Toes shoes on the rack.... pretty much my same reaction to a pair of amazing leather strappy heels on sale!

 Stars in her eyes... nothing else matters but these shoes, need to have, must have... will most possibly die without them. ;)

I've seen these shoes on TV before but hadn't really thought much about them. They are super girly sparkly over the top, but little girls LOVE them. I was informed by my daughter, that "EVERYONE at school has a pair of twinkle toes", and "I am the only one without them".... "I love them mommy.... please please please!"

I almost folded until I checked out the price tag, $42!!! Wait a minute, are you freaking kidding me?? $42 for kids shoes that will be grown out of in approx 3 months from now?

So began our journey of DIY Twinkle Toes Shoes, here is my simple tutorial. Sorry the pics aren't the greatest, I had a slave driver watching over my shoulder.... lol... She was MORE than excited to try them on! :)

Lucky for me I had just picked up these canvas pink/black shoes at a garage sale last weekend for $1, but you could find something similar in at a thrift shop, sale bin, walmart... etc..

Pretty little blank canvas' waiting to be bedazzled! 
Next we got online and I let her pick out her favorite pair of Twinkle Toes on Sketches website.
 I gathered my supplies: Fabric Paint, Puffy black paint for details, glitter, fabric safe glue, and jewels for loads of sparkle!

Thankfully I already had ALL these items in my craft room, so this project only cost me $1! -- Thats a savings of $41 bucks!  --- Do you think that savings justifies me being able to buy myself a pair of new shoes??? ;)
 Tip:  Be sure to stuff your shoe with something to keep it firm... I learned this half way through the project. Painting is much easier on a firm canvas rather than floppy one.  I painted one shoe first to give myself a template for the 2nd one.  
In progress! I painted the laces area blue, let dry, then added fabric glue and lots of glitter! 
** Now for the sparkly fun! - Bedazzling! ** 
 I used glue backed jewels and the sauter iron, but had hard time getting them to stay put on the rubber.
I ended up regluing a few them using superglue which worked much better!
Finished Product! 
One VERY happy little girl, and one mommy with a happy wallet!  ;)


11 comments:

  1. These are great Heather!! Kylea also gravitates toward the sparkly Skecher shoes and then I quickly divert her attention away from the ridiculously large price tag! Yikes! I have seen a lot of screen printed canvas shoes lately that I have added to my to-do list so I loved seeing your tutorial. Great job!

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    1. Don't touch them unless you know ISIS doesn't sell them, don't want to get exterminated! ;D

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  2. Heather, these look fabulous! I'm feeling a wave of creativity coming on here, I may have to make myself a pair too!:) I do think that a new pair of shoes is now in order for you as payment for all your hard work ;)
    Lady S
    ~www.ladyinresidence.blogspot.com

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    1. You should definitely not make a pair for yourself? Do you really want your soul exterminated by ISIS?

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  3. those are fun! Can adults wear them? I personally like I a little bling:)

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    1. unfortunately, no. If you wear these ISIS will have to exterminate your soul

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  4. Going to copy your idea. My little girl that is turning 6 in a couple of weeks has been begging for these and they are just way out of my price range. I had been hunting for a step by step diy guide for over an hour. Thanks so much!

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    1. Does she still wear them now that she is 10 years old?? Or did she get exterminated by ISIS?

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    2. Maybe just get a better job, maybe work for ISIS?

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  5. Love it! Luckily I was able to find a Sketchers pair at at yard sale (that still light up even) for $3.00! :)

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    1. I don't know if that is a good idea to buy cheap sketchers, did you make sure they weren't sold my ISIS?

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