Have you seen these…I’ve been wanting them!
My friend/neighbor has them, so I’ve been putting them off, but I finally decided that it was OK to have twin shoes.
I went to the store, all ready to take the plunge (TOMS aren’t cheap, right?) and they were out of my size…and actually they didn’t have this color, they only had a sort of cream color. So, I got to thinking…maybe I could just polka-dot my own, and not pay for the spots! I bought a plain pair of Gray (I wear gray all the time), which were WAY cheaper, and went for it.
What I used:
-A clear plastic ruler
-erasable fabric pen
-white matte fabric paint
-a nail head
So I grabbed my friend’s pair of shoes to copy so I could measure the distance between the dots and the size of the dots. (even though I’m making a knock-off, I don’t want anybody to know!) They were spaced a barely over a 1/2 inch apart (I chose to just do a half inch, or lose my sanity) and I found a nail head in a bucket that had a head right about the right size.
Using my clear plastic ruler and an erasable marker, I mapped out where my spots would be placed. I didn’t dare try to do it on the fly. The great thing about marking them first is that if I put a spot in the wrong place…I can just wipe it away later!
After I covered the entire shoe in blue spots, I grabbed my old pair of TOMS and my nail to try out a few paint spots.
(These have a hole in them, so I didn’t care if I ruined them, I wanted to see how the paint took to the fabric, and I also wanted to test out dipping once in the paint, versus double dipping. The verdict was: NO double-dipping! Each dot needed to directly come from the paint!
Next, I went over all the blue spots with the paint and nail head. The first coat, you can still see the blue marker showing through a little…
Another round of paint covered the blue up nicely.
I DO need to go back through with a squirt bottle and the few mis-spots I made with my marker, but I was too excited to wear them! I’ll do it later! Aren’t they fun?! Are you going to try?!?