If you're bored with your old plain white sneakers or just can't find something that fits your needs in the store, one of the easiest things you can do is customize your shoes yourself. In addition to having a unique pair of sneakers, it will also make you stand out from the crowd.
But if you've never had to go through this process before, you might be wondering what are the most creative ways to personalize my sneakers? Luckily for all the people who are asking the same question, the article below can help. Let's see what you can do:
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1. Add fabric to the tongues
You will need: colorful fabric, brush, scissors and glue.
One of the easiest things you can do is add some colorful fabric to your Converse style sneakers. To begin the process, you must remove the laces and then cut out a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than the tongue. From there, you must cover the tongue with glue and simply place a cloth over it.
If there is an access cloth hanging around, you should wrap it around the inside and just glue it in with plenty of glue. Of course, you should repeat this on both shoes, let them dry completely, and then lace them up again. This is one of the easiest ways to breathe life into your old shoes.
2. Draw flowers + stripes
You will need: fabric markers, a pencil and a ruler.
The first step for this customization option is to select the pattern you want to draw. It is best if you first draw it on paper so that you can decide on the size and placement of the drawing. When you're done, you can use a pencil to lightly draw patterns on the shoes.
When the stencil satisfies you, you can start coloring. Keep in mind that you only need to work with one color at a time. For example, if you are painting flowers with a black center, you must paint all the centers first, and then all the reds, pinks, and so on. Once you're done, you can start making stripes.
To do this, you need to first decide how wide you want them to be, and once you've done that, you can start drawing them on the sneakers using a ruler. You can also use a flexible curve for this, but if you don't have one, a ruler will do just fine. Finally, when you're happy with how the stripes match the sneakers, you can start painting them.
3. Add some sparkle
You will need: large or small stones, glue.
If you dig a little bit on the Internet, you will find many DIY stores that sell packages of colorful large or small decorative stones. They also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you'll find one that fits your DIY project.
Before you start gluing, you should divide them into two groups so that there is enough for both shoes. Once you've done that, you should stuff your sneakers with paper because it will make it easier for you to stick the rocks together.
You can choose any design you want, for example, you can make a heart pattern with stones or you can make designs like these. It's very simple and your sneakers will look like they just came from a designer store.
4. Polka dots
You will need: brush and paint.
If you have a pair of white sneakers that have scratches on them, you can completely transform them with a little paint. This DIY project is probably the easiest and cheapest on this list, mainly because you probably have paint and a brush at home.
Stuff your shoes with paper before you start, especially if you plan on hand-painting the polka dots. You can also use a round foam sponge, mainly because the dots will be even. Just click or draw dots where you want, let them dry and that's it!
You will need: paint, brush and duct tape.
Using duct tape, you should mark where the stripes should be. Keep in mind that you must properly press the tape against the folds, as this will prevent the paint from getting into other areas and messing up your design. When you are done, you should use acrylic paint and a brush to paint the design.
Depending on the material you are working with, you may need several coats of paint, so make sure you buy enough paint. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so after a few minutes, remove the tape and you'll have a brand new, unique pair of sneakers. You can place the stripes anywhere, even on the tongues.
You will need: glitter, glue and a brush.
If you like glitter, you can use it to personalize your sneakers. Depending on your preference, you can choose any color you want and even mix your own color. Start by mixing the glitter glue, and when you're done, you should work on small sections of your sneakers, making sure you spread the mixture evenly over the sneakers.
Shoes should again be stuffed with paper to make it easier for you to work with them. After you apply the first coat, you should leave them to dry, and when they do, you may need to apply a second coat if you missed some areas. Once dry, you can use another brush to remove any available material, and that's it!
If you have a pair of old sneakers, there are many things you can do with them that will make them more attractive. In addition to allowing you to wear them for one more season, the DIY projects we mentioned above will also provide you with a unique pair of sneakers, meaning you can stand out from the crowd.
So, now that you know about all the things you can do, you shouldn't waste any more of your time. Instead, you should go back to the top of our list, go through it again, figure out which DIY project is your favorite, and then start working on your new shoes!