Put Some Pep into Your Back to School Step with these DIY Shoe Ideas

Headed back to school soon?  You need the right shoes for the job.  Put some pep in a teacher or students step with these DIY Back to School Shoes.  I’ve got 3.5 crafty footwear options to choose from: lace-up canvas crayon shoes, notebook paper themed slip-on shoes and pencil flats in plain or glitter!

Notebook Paper Slip-On Shoes Supplies

  • White slip on shoes
  • Pencil
  • Blue paint pen
  • Red paint pen

The hardest part about these DIY Notebook paper shoes is deciding whether you want wide ruled or college ruled paper.  Well ok, as you can see painting straight lines is also tricky but we just won’t talk about that.  Draw the pattern with a pencil.  Use the blue paint marker to color-in the horizontal lines.  After you have completed all the blue lines use the red pen to make a vertical line.

Canvas Crayon Tennis Shoes Supplies

  • Colored canvas tennis shoes
  • Pencil
  • Fabric paint (shade slightly darker than shoe)
  • Black paint marker or permanent marker

Dig through the kids art supplies and find a crayon to use as your guide.  Start with a pair of shoes that are the same as the color crayon you want.  Using a pencil mark off the toe, squiggles at the top and the bottom of the show and the toe.  Using fabric paint paint the toe and heel of the shoe.  This is the tip and end of your crayon.  Use a black marker or paint pen to fill in squiggle pattern.  Encourage the kids to help!

DIY Number 2 Pencil Inspired Flats Supplies

  • Plain shoes with pointy toe
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric paint
  • Optional: glitter and decoupage medium

Use your pencil to draw the basic design of a pencil.  Tip for lead (pointier shoes the better), raw wood sharpened section, green stripes and pink eraser.  One section at a time fill in each section with fabric paint.  These shoes were already tan so that I could skip painting the raw wood section.  Outline in a black marker or paint pen.

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