Well this month I’ve convinced myself to start blogging again but I know how I can be. I’ll write a few posts, run out of ideas and burnout and then write some really lazy posts until I stop all together. So this month I’m just going to start with lazily written posts. That way I won’t tire as quickly! What a perfectly reasonable decision I have made! This weekend is the 4th of July! Summer and I have a tradition of matching on this
tacky patriotic holiday. As a rule, I don’t wear primary colors. I think it makes me look like a Fisher-Price toy.
So whenever Independence Day comes along, Summer and I try to DIY our own piece of Americana. This year we painted some shoes. Summer already wrote a how-to on this project because she has more motivation than I do. But I promise this post will be snarkier than hers. So it’s all about what you’re looking for in DIY post. Materials: (I copied this from Summer because as I mentioned earlier, I’m lazy)
- White Canvas Shoes (Walmart, $6)
- Cheap washi tape or thin painters tape for red & white stripes (Michael’s, 99¢)
- Star stickers, you’re just using these as a stencil so the colors don’t matter! (Michael’s, 99¢)
- Red & Blue Multi- Surface paint, make sure it’s good for fabrics! (Michael’s 99¢ each)
- Red & Blue ribbon, this is optional but really makes your shoes pop! (Michael’s, $1.99 each)
Step 1: Unlace your knock-off Keds and spend too much time deciding which shoe should be the stars and which should be the stripes. Is it from my point of view when I’m wearing the shoes? Or from the point of view of other people??? I just ended up doing what Summer did. Step 2: Using the washi tape, make stripes on your stripe shoe. If you’ve forgotten what the American flag looks like because your state capital flies the confederate flag, then here is a picture for reference.
Carefully paint the untaped parts of the shoe with the red paint. If you’re really thinking, you might tape off the rubber parts of your shoe as well. I wasn’t thinking so I did not do that! Step 3: Place the star stickers on the other shoe, in what ever pattern appeals to you. You can put all 50 stars, but I would not recommend it. I only placed 25 stars for the 25 states that actually matter. I’m looking at you, Iowa. I’ll start respecting you when you give us something more than corn. Paint the blue being careful not to shift the star stickers. Step 4: Remove the tape and stickers before the paint dries. Step 5: Once your shoes are completely dry, lace ’em up! Step 6: Put them on and hit the town! Be careful not to let any patriots drunk on American pride throw up all over your sweet new kicks! Seriously though, these shoes came out so well that Summer and I might decorate shoes for every US holiday. Stay tuned for our Senior Citizens Day shoes! xoxo Sarah