This is the tale of a girl who saw a pair of shoes in her head that she really wanted and after two attempts didn’t really get exactly what she’s looking for. That girl is me and I’m about to share with you my two craft fails of shoe makeovers. Now a craft fail is something that doesn’t turn out as planned. And while neither pair turned out as I wanted, I’m very happy with how one pair turned out (the ones in the pic above).
So while sometimes things don’t work out exactly as we planned, making them technically craft fails (and it seems like that has happened A LOT this week!) – that doesn’t mean that what we created is a total fail. Let me explain…
Here are my plain white tennies right in the beginning. See that weird splotch on the shoe on the right? That’s glue but I totally didn’t see it here.
I bought these wax dye resist crayons at Hobby Lobby (they’re in the arts/watercolor section) for $4.99. I remember using these as a kid and so I was really stoked to find them again.
I took the crayon and drew swirls all over the canvas. It was a pain in the neck because I couldn’t see the wax hardly on the shoes. See what I’m talking about? Or perhaps I mean don’t see?
I temporarily emptied out a clear storage bin and filled it with salt, hot water and some red liquid dye.
And then I placed my sneakers into the the tub and turned them canvas side down. Then I waited for about an hour. At this point I already knew that this DIY didn’t turn out as planned. Crap.
And this is how they came out after rinsed and dried. Blah. You can hardly even see the swirls. But look at that big white blob. That’s where the glue was I didn’t see at first. Which gave me an idea!
I busted out my tacky glue and a brush figuring that since it worked really well for that one spot, it should do great as a resist, right?
I painted my glue on in swirls and I was really happy with the fact that I could actually see what I was doing!
I tossed them in the dye as soon as the glue was dry, but by this time my vat of dye had gone cold. I left them in for an hour anyway.
When rinsed and dried the shoes weren’t hardly the red I was hoping for, BUT the swirls wer exactly what I was wanting!
Here’s the side by side. The shoes on the left are the perfect red! But the swirls suck. The shoes on the right have perfect swirls but the color is hardly the red I was hoping for.
In the end, I laced up the tacky glue pair and tossed the others in my DIY shoe bin for a new makeover on a new day.
And while these puppies aren’t exactly what I wanted, they’re still really cute and I’m very happy with them! So my final thought is if doing a dye resist on a pair of canvas shoes, I’d really suggest going the way of the tacky glue. The dye resist crayons are awesome but definitely not suited for this particular project.
Here are the materials I recommend for DIY dye resist canvas sneakers:
That’s all for today! Will you be painting up some sneaks with tacky glue any time soon?