Fireworks on Yo’ Sneakers

June 24, 2015Allison Murray
They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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.

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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!

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

For this project you will need:

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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…

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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.

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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!

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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.

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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.

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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.They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!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.

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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!

They may not be red, white and blue but these fireworks sneakers are great for the Fourth too!

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Comments (3)

  • Mike

    June 25, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Your shoes are awesome Allison! I really like the colors! They may not have turned out like you originally planned, but they are still rockin’ like the 4th for this upcoming summer holiday. :) I’m a total spectator fan when it comes to pyrotechnic performances. :) I still have fond memories as a kid as my parents would take my brother and I downtown to see the display, as that was where they were shooting them off. My bro. liked them for the noise. I liked them for the colors (one major difference between us). They were so cool looking. I always used to wonder how they were able to get all the various colors and the different “shapes” that each blast would display. But even more so, it was just fun for me to stand on the overpass bridge (a bridge that is normally crossed over by speeding motorists at 50 and 60 miles per hour during regular commute days). The nights were humid but cool and half the fun of the 4th was just waiting all day in anticipation to go see the fireworks later that night. As we got older however, we started going less and less because it was just too tedious to try and drive downtown and find parking. And unfortunately, some people weren’t behaving themselves too well, if you know what I mean. Safety became an issue. But that didn’t stop me from still “enjoying fireworks”! I would go up to our old house’s attic and try and see the fireworks. Of course, because of the trees blocking most of the sky, seeing the fireworks was nearly impossible, even though our house was close to the downtown area. But I could still hear them! So what I would do is improvise. I would sit next to the open attic window and listen to the sounds of the fireworks and would try and draw them (much like in the style that you did yours Allison), trying to imagine what they would look like. :) I did this for several years until we moved into our apartment building, where we now reside. And for the past two years, I’ve traveled up to the top floor (14th) to try and get a good view of the fireworks display from the lobby window. And while it’s not the greatest view in the world, it is way better than what I had back at our house!

    I apologize for my rather long trip down memory lane here, but as you can see, I’m a big fireworks fan! And your fireworks shoes are rockin’! :)

    1. Allison Murray

      June 26, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      That’s so awesome, Mike! And I love any making lemons into lemonade story but yours is amazing. What a creative thing to do to draw what you couldn’t see so that you could still enjoy them. I love that!

      1. Mike

        June 27, 2015 at 7:28 AM

        Thanks Allison! I had a lot of imagination when I was younger so I came up with all kinds of ways to keep myself entertained. :) Looking back at that, I think that those were some of my fondest memories of my childhood and probably one of many reasons I like making art.
        Enjoy your day!

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