Saving money is a top priority in this house. That doesn’t have to mean boring for the kids’ back to school wardrobe, though. It just means being being creative. Find out how to turn a plain pair of black and white sneakers into these colorful DIY stars shoes with beaded laces!
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Last weekend was my son’s basketball tournament. While there, I pointed out this gorgeous pair of peach tennis shoes a player was wearing to my mom.
“Why can’t they make fun shoes like that in adult sizes,” I complained.
My mom looked dead at me and said, “Honey, you’d never in a million years pay what those shoes cost. You’re too cheap.”
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I wasn’t offended because you know what? She’s 100% right.
Being cheap doesn’t mean that I, or my kids, have to sacrifice style though. It means rolling up my sleeves to create something unique and beautiful with what we have. That’s exactly what I did with these shoes!
- Pair of White Canvas Shoes with Black Stars
- Tulip Fabric Markers
- Metallic Star Beads
- Multi-colored Translucent Pony Beads
First, remove the laces from your shoes. This makes them so much easier to color, especially the tongue of the shoes.
Next, choose one of your fabric markers and color in random stars on your shoes.
Repeat step 2 with your remaining markers until every star on each shoe is colored in.
- The stitching on the shoes bled a little but I thought the effect looked pretty cool so I didn’t worry about it.
Help seal the fabric coloring by running the shoes through a cycle in the dryer.
- If you worry about your dryer handling the shoes tumbling, you can also use the hot air setting on your hair dryer to set the color.
After your colors are sealed, pull your laces back out and slide a metallic star bead to the center of each one.
Next, add 2 translucent pony beads to each side of the metallic star.
Re-lace your shoes with beads between the bottom most eyelets.
That’s it! Not bad for a $15 pair of shoes I got on sale. The best part? My daughter loves her new colorful DIY stars shoes with beaded laces. In the end, that’s what matters.
I’m actually considering making these babies glow in the dark. What do you think? Would that be awesome or too much? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.