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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!