Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spice Up Your Canvas Sneaks, an Easy DIY

Lately, I have been on a major crafty/DIY spree. I don't know if it's the fear that I won't have time to partake for awhile (due to the bun) or that I have been just plain inspired... but for whatever reason, I have been kickin' crafty ass and takin' crafty names. Today's DIY is no exception. Super easy and super affordable, I love turning a plain pair of canvas sneakers into something sassy that no one else has. I took items I had on hand, a pair of Payless sneaks and went to town. Let me know what you think after the jump:

What you'll need:

  • A pair of canvas sneakers, I grabbed this pair at Payless for $11 (what a steal!)
  • Tacky glue
  • Lace
  • Scissors and/or razor blade
  • Paint Brush
  • Sealant (optional)

The pictures pretty much explain it all but I basically started by gluing pieces and parts of the shoe then affixing lace. If you glued the entire shoe at once, the glue might dry and then you'd be starting over. Here's Amanda, saving you time with her greatest tips ;-)

I didn't measure the lace really but rather glued then trimmed as I went along. Once you are rockin' and rollin', this is a super easy process.

Once you have your edges trimmed down, my sneaky way of making the lines even and straight is to add some additional glue and to press them down/in with the razor blade. Trust me, it's a great way to make things even and to glue at the same time. I use disposable blades, you know the kind that you can break off, so you can always remove after it's become gluey.

Repeating the trimming, gluing and pressing steps around the entire sneaker, the process... soon you'll have lace all over the place, including your sneakers! I let my glue dry then chose to add a sealant, which you can choose to use or not. A coat of tacky glue could serve the same purpose as well. It's up to you.

Canvas sneaks are some of my favorite things to dress up since I was a kid. They are literally a blank canvas and can be transformed in no time at all. Be sure to let me know what kind of projects you would take on with the good ol' canvas slip on.

What do you think of the lace slip ons?

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