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DIY Flower Power Platforms

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Here is an easy DIY that will breath new life into that pair of heels collecting dust in your closet. I had a pair of platforms that weren’t getting much use, so I decided to kick them up a notch by re-covering them in some fun vintage fabric. Now they are perfect for summer!

The fabric I used is very loud, but you can use any fabric you like. Remember that patterns like polka dots or plaid will be hard to match up when covering your shoes.

Here is what I started with (can you tell that I love crazy shoes?):

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Materials:

  • Pair of heels
  • Fun fabric
  • Modpodge or PVA
  • Thick paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

If your shoes are patent leather, I would use a nail buffer or some sand paper to rough them up so that the fabric will stick better.

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric that will fit around the heel. Make sure to leave some extra since you will be folding the edges under to give it a clean look.

Then paint the heel with PVA and adhere the fabric. Fold the edges in, paint with PVA and smooth them down to the edge of the shoe. I used a bit of ribbon at the heel so that it would match the platform. Just paint the along the plastic of the heel tip and wrap the ribbon around it.

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Play around with your fabric until you find the right placement. I covered my shoe in two sections starting with the back.

Simply paint the area with PVA and adhere the fabric. Since the shoe is curved, there will be little pockets where the fabric doesn’t stick. Once you trim the fabric and fold and adhere the edges, these will disappear.

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Make sure you are leaving yourself enough fabric when you cover the front of the shoe. With a little tugging, the fabric will become flexible in the glue so that you can pull it tight.

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The front is the most tedious, but once you get the fabric trimmed and the edges folded in and adhered, it will look great!

Always make sure to leave some extra fabric at the top to fold over and inside the shoe. This will keep the fabric from fraying or peeling off.

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Now you can paint the platform with PVA and apply the ribbon. You can also use the fabric you are using.

If you are using ribbon, I suggest doing it is strips one at a time. No need for pre-cutting, just pull from the ribbon roll, adhere, and snip. Then repeat.

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Use your scissors or a knife to trim the extra ribbon and make sure all the fabric is secure. Let them dry over night, and they will be ready to wear!

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I will be pairing mine with breezy dresses, fitted skirts, or even shorts.

Enjoy and happy summer!

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Xoxo,

Lily

DIY Decoupage: Vintage Vibes Heel

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I am so excited to share this project with you all. These shoes were lots of fun to create!

I used vintage (mostly 1950’s) advertisements to decoupage my shoes, but you can use whatever you want. Here are a few ideas: newsprint, comic book pages, sheet music, pages from your favorite novel, magazine cutouts, artwork, or scrapbook paper.

Hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Materials:

Pair of shoes

Paper decoration of your choice

Polyvinyl acetate adhesive (PVA) or Mod Podge (it must dry clear!)

Nail polish in coordinating colors

Scissors

Stiff brush for painting paper pieces

Soft brush for sealing the whole shoe

Painter’s tape

Ribbon

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Here are the shoes I started with:

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Begin by cutting out the pieces of your chosen design that you want to put on the shoe. Play around with the placement of your images before you start gluing. I chose some pieces for the toes, outsides, heels, and backs of my shoes that I wanted to feature, and worked the rest around my featured images.

Once you have some idea of placement, begin painting the backside of your images with the PVA using a stiff brush, and apply them one by one to the shoe. I suggest starting at the back or inside of the shoe so that you get a bit of practice gluing and placing before you move on to the more visible areas.

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This is a pretty messy and time-consuming process, but the end result is worth it! Keep on gluing and applying until you have covered your entire shoe. If you are not satisfied with some of the image placement, you can paste other images over the ones you dislike. The finished result should look something like this:

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Let the shoe dry and begin working on your second shoe. Then paint over the entire shoe with the PVA using a soft brush. Make sure it is not too thickly painted, and try to keep it even. Then let it dry.

Repeat this process with the second shoe. It is best to wait a full 24 hours before painting another layer of PVA over the shoe to make sure it is well sealed. Otherwise the first layer will not fully dry, leaving the end result cloudy.

Once your shoes have dried after the second coat of PVA, you can paint the edges and underside of the sole and heel with nail polish. Use the painter’s tape to tape along the edges so that you don’t ruin your new design.

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Paint as many coats as you want, making sure to let the polish dry between coats. I used pastels, so I painted a coat of white along the black edges and red undersides before painting over them with yellow and mint green. I used the pale yellow for the outer edges and the mint for the undersides. Once the polish is dry, pull off the tape and admire your work!

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Next cut a length of ribbon for each shoe that can fit around the entire top edge, and add about 8 inches for the bow. Since I used grosgrain ribbon, I ended up having to use Yes glue instead of the PVA because the ribbon is so thick. If you are using satin ribbon, the PVA or some Tacky glue should work fine.

To get a good curve in your ribbon (to avoid puckering), use an iron to press the ribbon into shape. Grosgrain ribbon does not curve well from my experience, so it can be a bit more tedious to work with.

Paint the glue along the top edge and fold the ribbon around the glued area starting in the back. Once both sides of the ribbon are glued down with the ends in the front, tie a bow and trim the ends. Make sure the bow is secure, and then let the shoes dry.

Voila!

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Now they are ready to wear!

I paired mine with some jeans and a vintage top.

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These will be getting a lot of wear come spring!

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Have fun creating your own unique pair!

Xoxo,

Lily