This idea came to me a few weeks ago when we got the Carter's Back to School catalog. My son was fixated on a pair of shoes with a monster face. I thought they were adorable and then checked the price on them.
$30 for a pair of shoes. For my almost two-year-old . . .boy. My 100% boy who destroys, loses and grows out of everything faster than I anticipated!
I realize I could use a coupon or whatever. But I am a crafty person who feeds off DIY success.
Walmart for over a year now has carried a generic slip on shoe (Vans style) in beige or black for $5.00! This is fantastic to me for so many reasons: he can destroy them, they go with a lot of outfits, we can accidentally loose them, or I can potentially destroy them during a DIY project (spoiler alert; this did not happen).
*Shoes of choice
*Felt (preferable the stiffer type as opposed to the flexible-material version)
*Hot glue gun and glue sticks (or a good glue, maybe a fabric glue)
*Puff Paint (optional)
*Googly Eyes (optional)
I already had the felt, puff paint, and googly eyes as well as a hot glue gun and glue sticks so this project only cost me the price of the shoes.
From left of screen: My little guy "helping" me pic colors of felt from our scraps. He had a lot of fun spreading them around the floor and being silly.
Next is a picture of the shoes before they were defaced and monster-ized!
Next, I show the first part I did which was cutting a circle of felt and hot gluing the googly eye to the felt then gluing the felt to the shoe. In hindsight, I wish I would have put the eye a little lower but alas that is DIY for ya . . . never perfect and always room for improvement for next time!
The last two pictures are of my adding the teeth to the border of the canvas and rubber. Finally, I added some little teal ears and decided to add a red line round the teeth and make a smile to better outline the mouth area.
My little monster loves his new monster shoes! He may not be getting ready to back back-to-school but this would be a great pair of special shoes for any little ones starting school soon!
I am starting to think of so many possibilities for future shoe projects. Please let me know if you have any great ideas, try this project or need help! I would love to see pictures and feature them if you do this project!