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Flower Shoes

Martha Stewart Kids

Put spring into your little girl's step with pretty paper-flower clips. Transform tissue or crepe paper into dahlias and use them to decorate barrettes and shoes, or to make a lovely bouquet.

Stack five 4-inch squares of tissue paper; fold into quarters. Draw petal shapes as shown. Cut out, and unfold.

Bend one end of a green pipe cleaner to form a round nub. With other end, pierce a hole through the center of the stack of petals, and then pull it through the hole to form a stem. Scrunch petals up. Wrap floral tape around the flower base and down the stem. Pull the layers of petals apart.

To attach flowers to shoes, wrap stems around shoe clips, tape crepe paper leaves to stems, and hot-glue flower bases to clips.

 

 

Comments (35)

  • shoemaven 16 May, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this simple yet creative idea! I think it is not only suitable for kids' shoes but also extra large shoes for us adults. We could turn our boring and dull pumps into unique customisable favorites! Definitely show our true selves.

  • Winterswan 18 Mar, 2011

    The only reason Jenniferabney mentioned $100.00 shoes was because someone else mentioned that the ones pictured above cost $100.00 retail. In the amount of time it took you to sign up here you could've read all of the comments and realized that. Sheesh.

  • funkypurselady 17 Mar, 2011

    Okay, where do you get those cute shoes for the little flower?

  • allisonsuter 8 Sep, 2010

    The only reason I signed up for this website was to tell you that.

  • allisonsuter 8 Sep, 2010

    jenniferabney, how about you don't buy your daughter $100 shoes....that's absolutely ridiculous....

  • TatooedCraftGirl 6 Sep, 2010

    You try and use tule as well in place of the tissue paper its cheap and add an extra girly touch to boot!

  • jenniferabney 26 Mar, 2009

    I would never put tissue paper flowers on my daughter's shoes in Spring, or any other time of the year. Especiallly $100 shoes. One wet day, and a puddle to jump in later, and they are stained from wet tissue. Try the wool or felt flowers from your local fabric store or craft store, and glue those to shoe clip. It will hold up much better, and won't bleed on your darling shoes.

  • jenniferabney 26 Mar, 2009

    I would never put tissue paper flowers on my daughter's shoes in Spring, or any other time of the year. Especiallly $100 shoes. One wet day, and a puddle to jump in later, and they are stained from wet tissue. Try the wool or felt flowers from your local fabric store or craft store, and glue those to shoe clip. It will hold up much better, and won't bleed on your darling shoes.

  • jenniferabney 26 Mar, 2009

    I would never put tissue paper flowers on my daughter's shoes in Spring, or any other time of the year. Especiallly $100 shoes. One wet day, and a puddle to jump in later, and they are stained from wet tissue. Try the wool or felt flowers from your local fabric store or craft store, and glue those to shoe clip. It will hold up much better, and won't bleed on your darling shoes.

  • thriftychick 3 Jun, 2008

    Well, I found the shoes! :) Turns out I had this issue of MS Kids...Spring 2004 for those who want to know. I figured if I could find that, they would list the shoes in "The Guide" and sure enough...they are made by Bu and The Duck and cost $100 (buandtheduck.com). The store is located in NY...I guess I'll be searching eBay and hope I find them!

  • thriftychick 31 May, 2008

    I see a couple have asked about the shoes...anyone know what brand these are? I'm desperately trying to find them!!!

  • littledeer 29 Apr, 2008

    I searched online and found a place called Craft Supplies Online. Under their Jewelry Findings category, they sell shoe clips for about 3.50 per dozen pair, plus S and H. The photo looked just like the shoe clips I remember fronm high school in the late sixties, when shoe clips were a big fad.

  • HappyHouseQuilts 29 Apr, 2008

    Cute! I also agree that felt shapes are ideal...i would possibly use bendy style snap hair clips...as seen at http://happyhousequilts.etsy.com. Create from within!

  • cyncontemporary 29 Apr, 2008

    Yes is true I agree with sunnytraveler felt petals or flowers could be better anyway the colors are fantastic, I buy my felt shapes on www.kutz.etsy.com

  • Sunnytraveler 29 Apr, 2008

    Felt petals might work better -- paper will last about 2 minutes, if that!!! Why spend all that energy on short-lived results?

  • vikkiv 29 Apr, 2008

    Im not sure what shoe clips are, but I have heard about using clip-on earrings to decorate shoes, so you could go to the craft store and buy those instead. You can buy blank ones. Also I prefer the more eco-friendly idea of recycling old silk flowers or using plastic bags

  • miria 28 Apr, 2008

    Hope this doesn't come on twice, but I really do mean it. Thanks for the info on substituting fun foam or silk flowers instead of crepe paper. I can't imagine crepe paper lasting very long in the rain.

    miria

  • crystalu127 28 Apr, 2008

    Where can i get those cute shoes!!! I went to the Felt slipper that you suggested, but it doesnt look like that shoe...any ideas as to where there might be another place to search? Thanks

  • crystalu127 28 Apr, 2008

    Where can i get those cute shoes!!! I went to the Felt slipper that you suggested, but it doesnt look like that shoe...any ideas as to where there might be another place to search? Thanks

  • noiseynana 28 Apr, 2008

    Cute idea. I found the pattern to make them on this site. The heading is Felt Slippers. Cute as can be.

  • CABass 28 Apr, 2008

    I would like to know where the cute little pink shoes in the illustration were purchased! Thanks!

  • Joan_Marion 28 Apr, 2008

    What are shoe clips?

  • carolinaliving 28 Apr, 2008

    When I was an elementary teacher I had my students make the tissue paper flowers. We layered different colors of tissue paper; used a pipe cleaner for a stem. We made the paper flower corsages for each teacher for the teacher appreciation luncheon. Everyone loved them.

  • Anna_Marie 28 Apr, 2008

    You also could use a button and heavy thread or dental floss if you did not have pipe cleaners around the house. Or a twist tie. RECYCLE!

  • carolleuze 28 Apr, 2008

    I would very much like to know where the shoes were purchased. I was as impressed with them as I was the flower! Cute.

  • Anna_Marie 28 Apr, 2008

    These WOULD be great for topping a gift, or attached to a gift bag, instead of a bow. They would not get the wear and tear that kids' shoes would subject them to and they could be re-used. Another good way to re-cycle bright-colored tissue gift paper! I almost always end up with 1 or 2 sheets left over when I buy tissue to use with a gift bag.

  • Anna_Marie 28 Apr, 2008

    I think this is really pretty, but if I were going to take the time to make them, I would recycle some silk flowers from an arrangement (or since I craft, from flowers in my "stash"). Thrift stores usually have several bunches of silk flowers, too. Tissue paper seems too fragile to hold up...As I get older, TIME is a precious commodity that I take more care with. If I make something, I want it to last for a while.

  • trekkiemom 28 Apr, 2008

    Wouldn't it make more sense to use silkk flowers for these? They don't need cutting, and they pull off really easy, plus they are washable.

  • roccocooks 28 Apr, 2008

    Couldn't you use silk flowers? Great idea!

  • Number1dce 28 Apr, 2008

    Don't use crepe paper for the leaves! If it gets wet it will run and stain! These can also be made out of fun foam which is more durable.

  • Number1dce 28 Apr, 2008

    Don't use crepe paper for the leaves! If it gets wet it will run and stain! These can also be made out of fun foam which is more durable.

  • SofiaBelle 28 Apr, 2008

    Love the shoes too. Where can one get those?

  • karene 28 Apr, 2008

    cleanfreak88, you could make these from plastic! Just use save and reuse your colored plastic bags. We get orange and yellow ones often. Try making carnations or ruffly flowers. Plastic bag material may not have the best characteristics for these flat daisies.

  • girlsgirlsgirlsgirls 28 Apr, 2008

    All of my big girls have these and they are so cute! They only where them to church and birthday parties since they are not good for everydaty where since they are paper! We made some holly one at Christmas time for them to where to holiday parties, heart ones for V-day and clovers for St Patty's We put our on plain white slide ons and do not buy fancy shoes any more!

  • Cleanfreak88 28 Apr, 2008

    These are really cute, but as rough as kids are.....won't the flower just last one time before it is destroyed by water, etc.? Wouldn't plastic be better?