Saturday, 30 May 2015

DIY Comic Book Shoes

With the Summer holidays having arrived, I have finally found time to make something that has been on my ‘to do’ list for a shamefully long time (probably as long as I have had this blog). After seeing a picture of comic book shoes on Pinterest, I knew I HAD to make some and, thanks to Primark stocking Marvel themed products for some time, including wrapping paper, I thankfully did not have to find and destroy any poor comic books. The marvel products are no longer stocked in Primark I believe so yes, that wrapping paper had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while waiting to be used – damn university for getting in the way of my whims! Do my lecturers not realise that shoes are far more important that assignments?

DIY Comic Book Shoes


The shoes used in this project were plain black heels from Primark which set me back £10. I had been keeping an eye out in charity shops for ones I could use, which would have been even more cost effective, but unfortunately I’m far too fussy when it comes to shoes. The material of the shoes is also of importance. The shoes I used were faux suede, meaning they have more rigidity than cloth but would soak in the glue unlike, for example, patent.

To make these shoes, I simply cut the wrapping paper into small pieces and layered it on the shoes with Mod Podge glue. It is important that these pieces are not so small as to prevent the larger characters from being seen, yet not too large or the curvature of the shoe will cause them to wrinkle and fold. I also used Mod Podge (a decoupage glue) rather than PVA as it is stronger and, unlike PVA, it will not begin to peel after time. Some websites advise ‘making’ decoupage glue by adding water to PVA glue but this doesn’t really work; all you’ll be achieving is watering it down and it will still peel! As Mod Podge is an American brand, I ordered mine of Amazon, but really any decoupage glue will do. The glue also acts as a sealant so after sticking the wrapping paper on to the shoes, I painted two thin layers of glue on top, allowing time for drying between applications.

DIY Comic Book Shoes

DIY Comic Book Shoes

Finally – the soles. These were the product of a terrible waste of nail polish (I didn’t realise quite how much it would use) and a lot of time. I chose to paint the soles different colours to give them even more of a quirky twist, and painted 2-3 layers in order to achieve a rather opaque colour. This obviously leaves the soles very smooth and slippery, so I’d recommend rubbing the sole with a nail file or something similar in order to create a rough surface and thus some grip. Also, bare in mind that these soles are in no way going to last forever, so expect to leave little red or blue patches wherever you walk!

What craft projects have you been making recently? Would you wear comic book shoes?

P.S. Apologies for the awful photos, my camera is off for repairs.

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29 comments :

  1. wow! this look great ! well done :)

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  2. Oh wow, these look insane, You did an amazing job on them! xo

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  3. These look fabulous. Such a creative and clever idea, I would definitely wear these x

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  4. these look SO good! great post, i love the idea but wish i had your patience! x

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  5. Wow! They've turned out so much better than I thought they would. Such a good idea to bling up some shoes too! xx

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  6. These are so cute! Really like them!

    Sarah xx

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  7. These are a little out-there for me, for everyday wear, but I'd definitely wear them for a fancy-dress party or something! They look amazing and you can't tell that they're a DIY project at all!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

    x

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  8. These look super fun! I know my attempt would never turn out as good as yours, aha (:

    Blushhx

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  9. This is an amazing idea, I've never seen anything like this before so it's definitely something that will stand out and look so fun xx

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  10. these turned out so good!

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  11. WOW, I actually can't believe how well these turned out! You have mad skillz aha :)

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  12. Oh wow, this is just incredible - I've seen anything like it before! I'm so impressed you had the patience to do a DIY like this and even more impressed at the outcome haha :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

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  13. Hi ! very original and clever! I can imagine using this idea with lots of different types of papers! Great post

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  14. OMG these look so cool!

    Tanesha x
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  15. Amazing post,my dear!
    xoxo Antonella
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  16. Hiya babe, OMG this must be the best DIY i've ever seen lol
    well done i love them x
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  17. What a design it is really exceptional. Love this.
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  18. This is such a good idea! They look so good :) Will have to try it out one day!

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  19. These are so cool, what an awesome idea.


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  20. These look INCREDIBLE and you'd never guess they were DIY!

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  21. This is such a good idea! Very creative x
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  22. This is such a awesome idea.

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  23. This is such a cool and fun idea, we love how great they came out! Great job, we have to give this a try soon!

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