Custom, creative, curated. These are the pillars that have held up every artistic movement throughout history. The DIY community has taken our modern society by storm this past decade and as such, I believe we are in the midst of a brand new era of artistic expression. No matter who you are or what artistic background you have, the right to make and live out art is being made available like never before. Who’s to say you can’t customize every part of your life? From outdated furniture to tire old clothing, your life will always be what you make it! Check out how I created these DIY Custom Leopard Shoes!
Products we used:
Amy Howard at Home® Clean Slate™
For our project we used an old beat-up pair of boots similar to the ones shown below. We have found that a pair of solid made boots or tennis shoes make the perfect DIY customizable canvas.
Before beginning, remove the laces from your shoes and thoroughly clean the top, sides, and bottom of your kicks with a lint-rag and the Amy Howard at Home® Clean Slate™ solution.
Using your One Step paint color, apply an even coat to the designated areas of your surface with a clean synthetic brush. I used Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ in Bauhaus Buff for my custom shoes.
Allow each coat to dry at least 30 minutes to an hour. Depending on your shoe’s material and color, you may choose to use up to 2 to 3 coats to achieve full coverage.
Using a small, artist paint brush I made tiny pebble shaped dots using Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ in Black all across the sides of my boots.
While my accent color was drying, I painted the soles of my custom shoes with a layer using the same Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ in Black. However, you can choose to utilize whichever Amy Howard at Home® One Step Paint™ paint color you prefer.
Once all the layers of my Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint had dried, I taped off the areas I did not want to be lacquered.
I used the Amy Howard at Home® High Performance Lacquer™ in Silver Fox and Copper Penny to accent the top and heel of my custom shoes.
I then sprayed the Amy Howard at Home® High Performance Lacquer™ in Copper Penny into a small container. Using a clean artist brush, I dipped just the tip brush into the and accented the shoelace holes. This delicate step needed two coats for full coverage.
I allowed my shoes to dry for about an hour and as a final protective step, I rubbed the Amy Howard at Home® Mind Your Own Beeswax™ over the entire body of my custom shoe and then buffed into a sheen after an hour of cure time.
Where else could you find such an amazing pair of DIY customized shoes?
Now it’s your turn to enjoy the bragging rights!