This is the first of many DIY posts we hope to do. In honor of May 4th, “Star Wars Day”, here’s a fun decoupage shoe tutorial that shows how you too can sport your own pair of Star Wars heels or flats.
Star Wars DIY: Decoupage Shoes
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic Sealer
- Paint Brush
- E6000 glue
Select your shoes. Use a pair of existing shoes, or buy a new pair, to decoupage. Decoupage a pair of heels to spice up your evening wardrobe, or decoupage a pair of flats to have a cool pair of shoes to wear all the time! The options are endless.
Select your paper material. You can use current or vintage comics, magazines, etc. It all depends on the look you’re going for – do you want a lot of color? Black and white? Live action or cartoon art? It’s all up to you and your personal style.
Buy your decoupage supplies. Mod Podge is the key essential tool in decoupage. It acts as your glue and your sealant! Also essential is a pair of scissors and a paint brush or foam brush. Optional supplies are a ruler and razor, ribbon (or crystals if you want your shoes to sparkle!), glue, and a separate acrylic sealer. While Mod Podge is a sealant, it’s best to use an acrylic sealer as well to make sure your project is properly protected.
There are a couple different ways you can apply the paper material to your shoes. You can simply cut out the images you like and paste them on and overlap the images as needed. This creates a nice collage effect. Your paper might crinkle and bunch in some places as you apply, but that’s okay, it’s part of the “look”.
If you want to avoid any bunching/crinkling, you can try the method I use. Once I selected an image I wanted to paste on the shoes, I cut it out and then used a razor and a ruler to slice the images into strips. Then I carefully applied these strips to the shoes. Working with smaller pieces, like the strips, prevents wrinkling and bunching, and allows the piece to conform to the contours of the shoe.
Once you have finished mod podging the images to the shoes, take time to apply another coat or two of mod podge over the entire thing to make sure everything is properly pasted. Once this has dried (give it at least 30 minutes, if not a few hours), you can apply the acrylic sealant if you so choose. You could also buy glitter spray and lightly spray the shoes to sparkle them up!
Now your shoes our decoupaged! At this point you’re finished, unless you decide to add details like ribbon or crystals. I added a thin ribbon to my shoes to create a clean look on the edges of my decoupage design using E6000 glue.
Depending on how detailed you are making your shoes, this project can take just a few hours to complete, or up to half a day! It took me approx. 12 hours to complete these particular shoes from start to finish.