|Please ignore the chipped toenail polish!|
This weekend has been one of transforming shoes. First, I wanted to make some bat bows and add them to some black flip-flops. I’ve included a picture with my supplies but I’m not very good at a step-by-step progress because I sort of just wing it. Bwa ha ha… pun intended! Get it! Get it! Um, *clears throat* moving on.
I bought some fabric glue but honestly I really didn’t need to use it. I ended out cutting felt into some batwing-shaped designs. I didn’t have a pattern. And this was my third design with the first two just looking a bit too ordinary-bow-like for me. I hand stitched the bows together and then stitched them onto the flip-flops. I personally love Columbia flip-flops because they have a bit more support than regular ol’ beach flip-flops and they have a running shoe type sole.
|Transformed Dr. Martens Bessie sandals|
The second item on my shoe transformation list was a pair of “gladiator-inspired” Dr. Martens Bessie sandals that I purchased last fall. I was hoping for a sale since the original price at $180ish; I waited too long and missed my size in black. Instead for under $50 I could buy the Oxblood which I thought would be a bit more red but looked much more brown…sigh. I planned to do a little DIY magic but it’s taken me this long to get my act together.
I ordered Angelus leather preparer/deglazer, leather paints in Passion Purple and black, and high gloss acrylic finisher from Dharma Trading Co. On their site they have a how-to video for preparing the shoes. I watched it and then gave it a go. I wasn’t so sure about adding the bat stamps because it wasn’t easy to stamp the shoes evenly. But after adding the acrylic finisher, I was pretty pleased.