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Awesome Painting Shoes Tutorial: Easy, Cheap, and Quick!

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Painting shoes canvas can be an easy and fun craft. Grab some chalk paint and learn how to make cute patriotic shoes that everyone will love!

Besides Christmas, my second favorite projects to make are patriotic crafts.  I love showing off pride for our great country.  You might remember my reverse canvas with a free SVG cut file I made a while back.

In the past I have made a few Proud To Be An American shirts (free cut file) and a baby 4th of July outfit, but this year I’m going to the feet.  That’s right, some fun patriotic shoes!

This was the first time painting shoes and it was so easy.  Really, I promise!!  No fancy cutting machines needed for this project so anyone can make these distressed flag shoes.

Aren’t they fun?

patriotic shoes pin

I made a full narrated video tutorial so make sure to watch it.  Turn your volume on!  I also have printable directions for painting shoes canvas at the bottom of the post.

In the video, I demonstrate how to paint just one of the shoes, but simply do the process on both of the shoes at the same time.  It’s a quick project that takes around 15 minutes that’s why I chose it to be part of the patriotic lightning challenge hosted by the amazing creatives at The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Kingston Crafts.  

Make sure to hop on over to their sites to check out all their amazing patriotic crafts too!

 

Materials Needed for DIY Patriotic Shoes

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Prepping to Make Distressed Flag Shoes

If you have 1/2 inch painter’s tape, you can skip this step.  If you are using 1 inch like I did cut the tape in half.  I laid mine down on a mat and used a ruler and X-Acto knife to cut it right down the middle.

patriotic shoes diy

patriotic shoes diy

Place one strip of the painter’s tape down the middle of the shoe.  Apply another right next to it and another right next to that one so there are three in a row.painting shoes

The middle serves to keep the exact spacing between the striped lines.  Take off the middle strip and place it on the opposite side of the strip next to it.painting shoes

Keep placing strips of painter’s tape next to each other and pulling up the one in the middle on both sides of the shoe.  Make sure to watch the video, if this part seems confusing.  This is what your shoe should end up looking like with all the tape on it.

patriotic shoes diy

You can add a strip of painter’s tape around the bottom if you are a messy painter like me!  Push down the painter’s tape as well as you can on the canvas shoes.

Painting Shoes Canvas to 4th of July Shoes

Now, start painting the white stripes with red chalk paint.  Try not to go under the blue tape.  You can fill in the whole space or leave some spots if you want more of a distressed look.painting shoes canvas

painting shoes canvas

Once you have everything painted, pull off the blue painter’s tape.  Chalk paint dries pretty quickly so I pulled mine off right away, but you can wait a few minutes.  Just make sure not to get paint on your fingers and touch the shoe with it!patriotic shoes

Viola!   Stripes are appearing!

patriotic shoes

Apply the foil stickers onto the heal of the canvas shoe in any pattern you like.  Push them down as well as you can.

painting shoes canvas

painting shoes canvas

Then paint over them gently with blue chalk paint.  Try not to let the edges lift by being rough with the paint brush.th of july shoes

painting shoes canvas

It’s up to you on if you want to paint the bottom of the shoe or the top ridge.  Totally personal preference!  That’s what makes making things yourself so unique!

Wait a few minutes for the paint to dry.  I used my Cricut trueknife (XActo) to lift up a corner of the star and then gently pulled it off with my fingers.th of july shoes

flag shoes

That’s the beauty of distressed, it does not need to be perfect!

flag shoes

Once the paint is fully dry, you can lightly sand the chalk paint if you want to add a more distressed look.  If you want the vibrant colors, simply leave it how it is.flag shoes

Quick and easy!  Now you have some fun patriotic shoes to wear for 4th of July or really any time of the year!

painting shoes canvas

painting shoes canvas

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And here are the printable directions…

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Awesome Painting Shoes Tutorial: Easy, Cheap, and Quick!

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Show off your American pride with this easy to make patriotic shoes!

Materials

Tools

  • Paint Brushes

Instructions

  1. If you are using 1 inch painter's tape, slice a few pieces in half with an XActo knife and ruler. If you are using 1/2 inch tape, skip this step.
  2. Starting down the middle of the shoe, place a line of tape.
  3. Put two more lines of tape right next to the first one, lined up even with each other.painting shoes
  4. The middle line is used to space the lines at evenly. Remove the middle piece of tape.painting shoes
  5. Keep repeating this process until the entire shoe is covered with 1/2 inch spaced out tape.patriotic shoes diy
  6. Paint all of the exposing white areas with red chalk paint. Then peel off the tape. Stripes!
  7. Place foil stars around the heal if any configuration you want.
  8. Paint over the stars with blue chalk paint. Let paint dry and gently peel off stars with tweezers or Xacto knife.th of july shoes
  9. If you'd like a more distressed look, lightly sand the paint and you're done!
  10. Enjoy your new 4th of July shoes!

Notes

Make sure to watch the full video tutorial to get a better idea of how to apply everything.

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Angie Holden

Thursday 16th of May 2019

Fab idea! Thanks for joining!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Thursday 16th of May 2019

Thanks Angie!

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