If you’re anything like me, you tend to get a sudden spurt of creativity and a powerful urge to create something. There are so many great things that you can create that are both useful and fun to make. This week’s DIY project was inspired by the desire to get matching shoes for my one-year-old daughter and I. I always thought “mommy and me” shoes were adorable and I had to have some for myself and my little princess. I searched on the Internet and browsed all the shoe stores for shoes that they sold in both toddler and women’s sizes and to no avail. So I put my thinking cap on.
I typed in “mommy and me shoes” in the Google search bar and there were some very cute results that came up from a website called Etsy, a website that I frequently browse for unique items and ideas. The picture was of a set of mommy and me Converse sneakers that were bedazzled and very cute. The price tag, on the other hand, was not cute at all. They wanted $160 for the set! This isn’t a bad price considering they are hand made and the price of converse sneakers themselves, but I am a thrifty mommy and was not paying that much for two pairs of shoes. I took a good look and decided I can make those. So my search began for a pair of matching converse sneakers for each of us. Being the bargain hunter I am, I scored a pair for each of us for a little over $50 total.
I then looked up how to bedazzle them and came upon a very helpful and easy how-to video on YouTube, which can be found here. Once confident I could do it I got the necessary materials and couldn’t wait until our shoes arrived so I could start.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Rubbing alcohol/cotton balls
- Rhinestones, studs, pearls, or whatever else you want to use
3. Gem Tac glue you can find relatively cheap on Amazon
4. Ribbon of your choice
5. Shoelace eyelets (optional) also found at Walmart
Step by step instructions for bedazzling:
- Start by taking some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and cleaning the surface of the rubber toe to make sure that there isn’t any dirt or residue on them. Let them completely dry
- Spread a little bit of glue on the toe in a line thick enough that the gem will stick but thin enough that it doesn’t gush too much when you press it down.
- Carefully place the rhinestones in a line on the glue. You can use tweezers for this if your hand isn’t steady. They also sell a wax gem picker (a pencil of wax) on Amazon that allows you to pick up the gems easily and put them in place.
- Continue doing this in rows from one side of the toe to the other (starting with the outer edge) until you cover the toe or the desired amount.
Instructions for making laces from ribbon:
- Pick out your desired ribbon. It can be any thickness depending on what look you are going for. (I chose 7/8 inch width but 5/8 inch will also work well).
- Start by measuring the ribbon to the length of the shoelace that came with the shoes. Add an inch to each side and cut the ribbon.
- Slide one of the eyelets onto one end of the ribbon, sliding it down to leave that extra inch at the end.
- Use a hair dryer on high heat to shrink the eyelet around the ribbon and cut the excess ribbon off the end. Repeat this for the other end and for the other lace.
I added an “A” on the outer side of each shoe with the Rhinestones for my daughter’s name for a little extra sparkle. I also lined some rhinestones around the lace holes and up the back of the shoe. This is my finished product of my baby girl’s shoes.
This is so easy and fun. What’s even better is that you can use this same concept and bedazzle ANYTHING! Now I just can’t wait until mine arrive to make a matching pair.