I have made no big secret about it, I am a huge fan of fireworks. Love them, love them, LOVE THEM. I am totally a pyro bug when it comes this time of year.
I start watching YouTube videos checking out all of the new cakes for the year and making my shopping list accordingly. When The Liberty Tent (caps to show reverence) pops up I take a picture and get excited every. single. year.
Some day I may lose a finger but I just can’t seem to stay away from the pops and booms every July. And even some other times… like when my nephew turned 10. My sister and I popped and ran and gave the kid a light show unlike any other. It was so much fun. Granted someone kept saying “do you hear sirens? Are the cops coming?” But it was seriously a blast!
So I thought this year I’d forgo the red, white and blue sneakers and rock out a pair of fireworks inspired sneakers. Thing is, these aren’t exactly as I had planned them to be. A good portion of my project failed.But I worked with it and I’m still going to rock these shoes while I run my hot little heels up that gravel driveway so I can watch the action this Fourth!
For this project you will need:
- White canvas sneakers
- Tie dye (left over is fab!)
- Black dye
- Clear Tacky Glue
- White fabric paint
- Tulip Fashion Glitter to match the dye colors
You don’t have to use new and shiny sneakers for this, in fact this is a great way to upcycle some well worn kicks into something new!
I placed a small amount of each of my left over colors of tie dye into little bowls. Usually I would use medicine cups but I’ve got most of my world packed up and they are in a box either at my parent’s house, in my sister’s railroad car or my garage. No telling really…
There needs to be no rhyme or reason to your daubs of dye on the shoes. If you drop a color on like the purple dot on the orange no worries. Just get those babies covered in dye, wrap up in saran wrap or a plastic shopping bag and put someplace cool and dark to sit for at least 8 hours. After the wait is over, rinse until water runs clear and set out to dry before continuing.
Now here is where my fail starts to shape up… I thought I’d use clear Tacky Glue as a resist and keep the colorful underneath super bright in the shape of fireworks. It would seem I couldn’t paint it on thick enough and have it still look like a wispy firecracker popping in the sky. I went ahead and kept on with what I was doing but I was pretty sure that this wasn’t going to work as planned. Dun, dun, dunnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
And just in case you’re wondering, this is how I paint my fireworks… Starting from he main, center point with a loaded brush, paint a fanned out line. The paint should be less and less so that the ends are wispy. I practiced on my bank statements. Because I’m great at this adult paperwork thing.
And there is no pic for the next step so… You might notice that the shoes are really dark. Take your black dye and do a wash over the entire shoe. You can do more washes to make the shoes darker and darker. I went with a single wash where my dye was pretty thick. Wrap in plastic, allow to sit for a while (I did 4 hours) and then rinse until the water runs clear. Allow to dry.
Now it’s time to bust out that Tulip Fashion Glitter. There is an adhesive just for this glitter. It comes in the sets or you can buy it separately and then buy the exact colors of glitter you want.
Around the centers and wisps of apply small dabs of glue.
Sprinkle the glitter on to match the color just beneath. Allow to dry a couple minutes and rub the glitter around to remove the excess and blend the two colors just a bit.Now take your white fabric paint and recreate the fireworks on top of the tacky glue. It will be dark black in places and show the color beneath in some places. I couldn’t figure out the rhyme or reason to this. Sorry dudes.
To finish go around your white fireworks and apply a few dots here and there, mostly around the fireworks themselves. A smaller brush will yield smaller dots. And you’re probably all “well duh”.
Kaboom! Kablooey! These are NOT what I saw in my head but I love them anyway. I’m really starting to love the projects where the results are never going to be the same twice. Makes for an interesting reveal!