DIY Ombre Watercolor Shoes

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I’ve been more and more interested in watercolor paints lately. I love how fresh they look, and how they can deliver so much color impact without ever feeling heavy. It’s so dreamy! I wanted to get painting on a different type of canvas, so I picked up some plain white kicks and made myself some DIY ombre watercolor shoes. Let’s make ‘em!

Materials

  • plain white canvas sneakers
  • watercolor paints
  • small paintbrushes
  • water
  • paper towels

Make Time: 30 minutes

Start by removing the laces from your shoes. I liked mine that way, so I ended up leaving them off! At the toe, paint on clean, clear water. This will help to move the paint around on the shoe canvas.

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Mix up your color. Use a fair amount of paint and water to mix together enough to cover both toes; you don’t want to run out and have to try to recreate the color. Make a little puddle of your chosen shade.

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Gently, start applying paint to the wet areas on your shoe. You’ll quickly get a feel for how the shoe sucks up color. If the color gets too saturated or sticky on a certain spot, add more water and try to move it around a bit.

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After you have your first color, paint a little more clear, clean water at the edge and apply the next color. Always apply more water if the colors are having trouble blending into an ombre effect.

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Continue until you’re happy! I just wanted to do the toes, and I love the effect. It’s a perfect pop of color against the white background. Let the shoes dry thoroughly (I would give them a few days), and be careful where you wear them — a rainstorm might not be the place for these beauties. Have fun! xoxo

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18 comments

  1. Lucy on said:

    So incredibly cute – I just adore these! And a super easy project to do – they would even make a great gift. Awesome DIY idea.

  2. Margeaux on said:

    Love love love. I’ve been wanting to try this out but haven’t picked up the sneaks yet. I rally should. A fresh pair of summer shoes is a must.

  3. Corina on said:

    This is simply amazing!
    Great inspiration and something i’ll definitely use :)

  4. Emily B on said:

    Awesome DIY! I wonder if a water-proofing shoe spray would do the trick to make these a little more resilient? I’ll have to give it a try!

    Emily

  5. Kory on said:

    Those are so neat! What a cool wait to dress up some plain shoes! :)

  6. These are amazing, Chels! I love the colors you used. I’ve also been obsessed with watercolors lately, they’re just so darn pretty!

  7. elaine costa on said:

    Such a fresh, clean look, love the colors!

  8. shoko on said:

    oh chelsito, these are just the cutest.

  9. Brittni on said:

    Love this DIY Chelsea! Such a pretty way to update a pair of sneakers.

  10. kim on said:

    I love this!

  11. shivraj on said:

    wr did u get the shoes frm.
    i want thm.
    i wan na paint .
    plzzzzzz
    let me no

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