DIY YOUR OWN PAIR OF CONVERSE SHOES
I wear them whenever I can, and have them all over my social media; I think it’s safe to say that I am just a ‘little’ in love with my bling Converse! I own 2 pairs already, and rather than buy another pair, I thought I would start making them; and if everything turned out well, I will be adding them to my Etsy shop, and eventually for sale here too!
The actual thought process didn’t really last that long; as you know by now I like to jump in and start no matter what the project. So off I went to a hobby store, and a shoe store (for the converse), I picked up a bottle of vino but of course just for a glass… well, it was an evening project and I do love a little tipple whilst getting hands-on.
I needed to buy my daughter a new pair of shoes, so I decided that I would use these as the project pair, and they turned out really well; she is so in love with them, and protests every time I don’t let her wear them to bed. Of course this is very flattering but also a moment of OMG… these might actually work well in my shop; I still needed to carry out a few wear and tear tests first, but hand on heart they have stood well (and trust me she puts them through a lot); they are ready to be released into the wild (by that I mean I will be making more to add to my shop) 😉
My brain goes into over-drive with DIY ideas and this one I can’t believe I didn’t try earlier. I have already made a second pair and half way through my third with more ideas for a fourth fifth and sixth. I have already added the first to my Etsy shop, here is the link, and will be adding the others shortly.
In the meantime however, I wanted to show you all how I made the first pair using a hot-fix tool, I also made a very quick video which I will soon be uploading and embedding below:
You will need:
- Shoes, trainers, heals (whatever you would like to bling) – I used converse
- Crystals – I used hot-fix Swarovski crystals but of course any stone crystal embellishment will work
- Hot-fix tool if your embellishments are hot-fix
- Glue – if your embellishments are not hot-fix (please note that I recommend E6000 glue as this will stand the tests of time)
- Patience, music, and a beverage of your choice as it takes a while
- Unless you are using the same colour, size and type of stone I would recommend designing on paper first, so you know where everything goes. Glue dries fast, so its best to be prepared.
- Place the crystal on the shoe in the desired spot, and using the hot-fix tool put pressure on the crystal for 10 seconds. It is important to not put too much or too little pressure on the stone, as it will either spread the glue too much, or the stone will not adhere well to the surface.
- Remove the hot-fix tool from the stone after 10 seconds in an upwards manner to prevent the stone from moving.
- Repeat the above until all the embellishments have been placed.
- Allow to sit for at least 24 hours before using them.
Hey presto, you have a fabulous pair of super sparkly shoes!
I hope you found this helpful, and now ready to DIY bling your own pair of fabulous shoes, to make them look…. well, more fabulous!
Have a fabulous day