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Splatter-Paint Shoes with Pom-Poms

Come spring, switch your plain boots for a fun, colorful alternative. With a few fun crafting materials and imagination, you can jazz up your sneakers in no time. 

Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Marwa Hayat of Enthralling Gumption. "Adding faux fur pom-poms to the splattered sneakers makes for a double color punch," she says.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Slipper and Shoe Crafts.

materials

  • Clean canvas sneakers
  • Fabric paint in various colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Masking tape
  • Faux fur
  • X-acto knife
  • Sewing needle
  • White sewing thread
  • Elastic cord
  • Fabric scissors
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Circle template or plate

steps

  1. Remove the laces from the sneakers. Tape the sole of the sneakers and outer exposed corners with masking tape. Stuff the opening to protect the inside of the sneakers from paint splatters.
  2. Cover a work surface with newspaper. Squeeze a generous amount of paint on a palette. Dip your brush and splatter the paint all over your sneakers one side at a time, doing so by flicking your brush in up and down motion. Repeat with the colors of your choice. (Tip: You can later fill up any empty spaces by creating spots with a thin brush.) Let painted sneakers dry completely or approximately 2-3 hours.
  3. To make a medium-sized faux fur pom-pom, place a plate (or pre-cut circle template) measuring 4.5 inches onto the material; cut around the plate with an x-acto knife.
  4. Thread a needle and sew a basting stitch around the edges.
  5. While the needle is still intact, pull the basting stitch out in order to create a little pouch.
  6. Stuff the opening with poly-fil stuffing. Continue to pull out the basting stitches until the hole is covered.
  7. Cut a length of elastic cord, measuring one inch. Fold it in half and sew the ends along with the end of the pom-pom. Repeat steps 3-6 to create multiple pom-poms for your sneakers. Thread your pom-pom through both the lace straps at the point where they meet. You're ready to wear them!

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