I’ve wanted to try decoupage on my shoes for quite some time. Magazine pages, wrapping paper or even fabric are a few possibilities to consider. What a fantastic way to upcycle some forgotten ‘soles’. Yes. I went there lol.
I found a pair of shoes in the back of my closet that I haven’t worn for years. Perfect for my first attempt. In the future, I would probably do this on a pair of pumps, so there is more surface to decoupage.
Make a cup of tea and let me show you how it went!
I had a stack of book pages leftover from my hollowed out book tutorial. The paper wasn’t too thick so it would layer on pretty well. I chose pages where there was a lot of text, not too much empty space.
Using the leftover bag from my tea, I stained the book pages to give them an aged feel and let them dry well. If you do this and the pages curl and wrinkle, you can give them a quick press with an iron, but use a press cloth or a tea towel over the paper when pressing.
I cleaned the area of the shoes I wanted to cover with nail polish remover (rubbing alcohol would be fine too) to remove any dirt or grime. I used a cotton ball and a Q-tip for the little areas.
Decisions… tear or cut the pages? I went with cutting the pages into smaller pieces so they would be easier to apply.
I began applying the paper bits to the shoes with Mod Podge and a small paint brush. For the smaller tricky spots, I used a sharp blade to trim the excess paper away.
Once they were completed and dry, I gave them another coat of Mod Podge. I used the Gloss formula.
To give my hard work a little more protection, I did a top coat of clear acrylic varnish
Ta-da! I think they look great. I can’t way to try another pair!
This would be awesome with comic book pages for a geek chic man’s dress shoes, or little mans dress shoes.
These aren’t for the wear and tear of every day, but they’ll hold up pretty good if you take care of them. Reseal occasionally as needed and avoid wearing in inclimate weather.