DIY Floral Canvas Shoes

DIY Floral Canvas Shoes I got these super bright shoes from my mom, and like they say in Curious George, “that’s a lot of yellow for one person.” While my mom could pull it off, I would most likely blind people. But the shoes are easy on, easy off and quite comfortable so I toned them down a bit with a trendy floral using Mod Podge photo transfer.

DIY Shoes with floral Photo Transfer

DIY Shoes Tutorial To make your own photo transfer shoes, you will need:

  •  A plain pair of canvas shoes – I can’t find these yellow ones online but there are tons of colors in store.
  • Mod Podge photo transfer
  • A photo printed on an ink jet printer. I did a Google search for florals and looked for one that went with electric yellow.
  • Foam brush
  • Masking tape

Canvas Shoes Tutorial After spending approximately 3 million years trying to cut a piece of paper into the right shape, I had the brilliant idea of using tape. So.Much.Easier.

Liberty floral pattern how to diy shoes Using your tape stencil cut shapes for the tops and backs of the shoes. The tops of the shoes are slightly different but instead of making another tape stencil for the second shoe, just flip the first one over.

Photo Transfer Shoes Mod Podge Photo Transfer Apply a heavy coating of the photo transfer on the top of the paper where the ink is and then apply it to the shoes. Use your fingers to flatten it and get any air bubbles out.

Then wait 24 hours for it to dry. Yes, this is killer. For immediate gratification crafters (like me) having to wait a whole day is torture.

DIY Canvas Shoes When time is up (yay!) take a wet sponge and apply it to the paper. It doesn’t need to be sopping wet but you want to make sure it’s saturated. Grab a cup of coffee and wait 2 minutes.

Shoes DIY Tutorial Photo Transfer Shoes When you come back peel off the outside paper. Do this gently with a wrung out sponge – if you get too vigorous you’ll pull off all the color. Let the shoes dry and seal it with a coat of glossy Mod Podge.

DIY Floral Canvas Shoes

If you want an easy first photo transfer project to start with, try a tote bag. I downloaded Kate Spade screen saver and printed it on my home printer. It was the perfect starter project!


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  1. Marie Hodge says

    Hello, I have a question can I use this on any surface shoe? I’m making a pair for a friend of mine and it has to be a specific image I believe the shoe he is purchasing is leather like material.

    Thank you!!

  2. Ashley says

    Do we need two different types of mod podge? And does it have to say photo transfer on it? I have mod podge that my aunt had bought for a photo to wood transfer, but I’m not sure it actually says thats what its for.

    • gerbermom says

      You might ceck out Plaid online for more info – you only need one form of ModPodge but I’m not sure if wood transfer will work the same.

  3. Leetah says

    Do you think this would also work with gel medium? It’s also a transfer product but i dont know if it is the same as mod-podge transfer.

      • Leetah says

        Well i successfully transferred a photo to a canvas with it. Might try the bag thing first, ruining a pair of shoes would be a shame.

    • gerbermom says

      It needs to be an inkjet printer because the ink is what gets copied. I’m not familiar with laser printers but if it uses an inkjet then it should be fine!

    • gerbermom says

      You need to use a picture from an inkjet printer – I’m not sure if scrapbook paper is printed that way? But you could make a color copy of it.

  4. Susanna says

    That it such a great idea, I never would have thought of that! I was wondering what you were going to do with those bright yellow shoes-I think even mom would prefer your design over the straight yellow. Good job sis :)

  5. Jo Ann Nelson says

    I know how special these are because they were your moms. How great is that! I do know how hard it is to loose that special person in your life and cherish those items that meant so much to them. Hang in there. Hugs, JoAnn

  6. says

    Well that’s just handy! Very cute result!

    And I like Anne’s idea about picking up some shoes for little ones and letting them decorate their own shoes! What a fun idea!

  7. says

    Wow, this is so neat. I could see thar mod-podge medium being used for all kinds of things, but you were so right to use them on these shoes. They turned out fantastically.

  8. says

    You’re just a little bit too clever. What a great pattern to match. I must admit. I did pick up a little pair of white sneaker for my daughter when she was about 3 or 4 and I let her go crazy on them, drawing flowers and ponies etc. They were kind of cute.

    Anne xx

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