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Embellished Sandals

With summer in full swing, our favorite footwear is flip-flops or sandals.

Introduction

Guest Marie Hejl demonstrated the following technique for embellishing Dr. Scholl's sandals and turning them into fashionable -- and functional -- works of art.

Resources: For the paints used in today's segment, go to deltacreative.com. You can get Dr. Scholl's women's wood sandals in many colors at DrSchollsShoes.com and design your own unique footwear.

Special Thanks: Special thanks to Marie Hejl for demonstrating her technique for embellishing sandals. Also, thanks to Dr. Scholl's for providing each member of our audience with a pair of exercise sandals.

Materials

  • Basic sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape (3 mm)
  • White paper, optional
  • 1-inch sponge brush
  • Acrylic paint, different colors
  • Sheer glossy varnish

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a square of basic sandpaper, rub and wipe off Dr. Scholl's logo.

  2. Step 2

    Place blue painter's tape along sole edge of shoe and where leather meets wood on strap (use 3 mm tape). You can also cut a small piece of white paper, folded into a square, tape it to strap.

  3. Step 3

    Using a 1-inch sponge brush, apply acrylic paint over entire wood surface. Apply 3 coats, letting dry about 20 minutes between coats. Let dry overnight.

  4. Step 4

    Starting at heel, apply strips of painter's tape across sandal, pressing firmly along edges.

  5. Step 5

    Using a sponge brush, apply a different color of acrylic paint to each exposed part of the sandal.

  6. Step 6

    Remove tape.

  7. Step 7

    Using a sponge brush, apply 3 coats sheer glossy varnish over entire painted surface. Let dry 4 to 6 hours.

  8. Step 8

    Remove tape from sandals.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, July 2007

Reviews (25)

  • aharres 19 Jun, 2009

    The username "winterbeach" leaves negative comments on virtually all of the craft of the day ideas, some of the comments do not make any sense. I believe she is someone who is just trying to start trouble and should be ignored, jmho

  • 812SAL 19 Jun, 2009

    What a great idea!!

  • Krissabeth 10 Jun, 2008

    To catbru8: no the varnish doesn't make the shoes slippery. I used a spray though

  • Krissabeth 10 Jun, 2008

    I did this about 5 years ago and painted flowers instead. Make sure you varnish though, my sister didn't and her paint rubbed off the first time she wore them.

  • kumartina 8 Jun, 2008

    its beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!! im gonna try it soon

  • kumartina 8 Jun, 2008

    its beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!! im gonna try it soon

  • dottikins 7 Jun, 2008

    This is my first chance in a few days to check out MS, but I too love the shoes. I am glad someone also, finally, spoke up about all the negative comments. My comment: be a grownup, and just delete the idea if you don't like it and move on. Why is a negative comment always necessary? Great idea Martha!

  • AandQ 4 Jun, 2008

    I did not have flip flops or sandals available, so I tried the same technique on a wooden bracelette and it worked out AMAZING!!! Tonight I am going to do my daughters flip flops. She wears them SO much the flower pattern on the bottom has worn off.

  • casperboy 4 Jun, 2008

    Very cute. Good for any age woman.

  • ireneom 4 Jun, 2008

    I purchased a pair of painted sandals at a craft show. They have an animal print on them. Every time I wear them, women compliment my sandals and ask where did I buy them. I just love them.

  • frannikenna 4 Jun, 2008

    If you are sooooooo skilled why don't you have your own web site and stop filling our with negativity. I loved this idea, but hen of course I'm not "perfect"
    Be constructive, or be quiet.

  • sheilascrafts 4 Jun, 2008

    those sandles are so cute. :) What a great summer idea.

  • pem13 3 Jun, 2008

    How said that these folks who are filled with criticism and negativity even click on to this website. Please do all of us a favor and find another place where you can moan and whine. I think the creators at MS do an outstanding job in providing easy and innovative ideas for so many neat crafts.

  • wonderfulspirit 3 Jun, 2008

    What a great way to get a pair of sandals to match that unique outfit for summer parties

  • KBella 3 Jun, 2008

    My Dr. Scholl's look all beat up, this will bring new life to them.
    Thanks!

  • pkildow 3 Jun, 2008

    I think the MS craft team is doing a pretty good job at coming up with aprx 365 crafts a year that provide opportunities for crafters at all levels. If today's craft isn't for you, be patient, a better one will come along. Or find another craft website that suits you better. I like today's idea, probably won't do it now but it is worth tucking away for another time.

  • pkildow 3 Jun, 2008

    You know, ya just can't please everyone. I remember years ago the complaints about MS crafts in her magazine were too involved and who had time for them. Now they are too simple. My mother taught me, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Maybe the two Negatative Nellies on this chat stream should try to find a loftier location for their expert skills.

  • catbru8 3 Jun, 2008

    I think this is a fun craft, and a great way to show off ones creativity and individuality. Most importantly, my skills aren't as up to par as others, so I'm grateful for the easier crafts that MS posts. ALSO... on quick question. Does/Will the varnish make the shoe slippery?

  • catbru8 3 Jun, 2008

    I think this is a fun craft, and a great way to show off ones creativity and individuality. Most importantly, my skills aren't as up to par as others, so I'm grateful for the easier crafts that MS posts. ALSO... on quick question. Does/Will the varnish make the shoe slippery?

  • Anna_Marie 3 Jun, 2008

    OOPS! I misread the instructions, and didn't realize there is a video on this craft. They DO carry the design onto the outer edge...my bad!

  • beverson 3 Jun, 2008

    I think this is cute too -- not everyone has the same level of ambition. Coming up with a new little craft every single day to appeal to everyone must be quite a job! I really like it that this craft uses a higher-quality wood product, rather than cheap rubber thongs.

  • Anna_Marie 3 Jun, 2008

    I think that if you went to the time and trouble to do this, you should continue the design along the outer sides, so it could be seen when you had the sandal on. This would be another cute "summertime" idea for giving teen girls something to do...much like painting or drawing on sneakers. I'm not sure how many grown women would have the time to devote to this, but I can certainly could be wrong about that. Variety IS the spice of life!

  • saralilley 3 Jun, 2008

    I think this is a great craft for people who may not be so crafty as others. Very cute and a fun way to personalize your wardrobe.

  • hypertude 3 Jun, 2008

    I think that these are very cute and a great way to personalize your wordrobe! Thanks.

  • luannbinda 3 Jun, 2008

    This technique might alsoo transfer well onto innersoles and allow one to remove and add new color combinations with the help og a spray glue.