Mod Podge Shoes

Yes, you read that right – Mod Podge on shoes – I too thought I was crazy!  But here me out – my brother was getting married, and their color was green.  I found a cute gray dress and thought I’d accessorize with green jewelry and shoes.  The wedding was outside so I didn’t want heels – but I’m short, so the solution was a wedge.  So, jewlery, check.  Green wedge shoes – nowhere to be found!

At a garage sale I came across some cute black and white wedges in my size, for only $1.  I thought, if only these were green, they’d be perfect.  Then I thought, why not try to make them green.  If the project failed I would only be out the $1 – worth the risk.  And so here you – how to mod podge shoes:
–Gather your supplies.  Shoes, mod podge, foam brush (mine should have been smaller), and some fabric (my mom was making the maid of honor dress so she has some scrap green fabric).

The shoes had a bow so I pulled that off and got to work.  There’s no “right” way – I just cut the fabric to a shape that would kind of wrap around the shoe.  I did the right half and then the left half.  Where there was a seam at the toe I thought I’d cover with a fabric flower, but I liked them plain so I just left it.  Here you can see the look of crafting concentration:

It was a goey mess, but just keep going.  I couldn’t get it to lay right around where it curves by the toes, so I folded in some pleats.  I would squeeze and hold areas until they stuck.

When it dried there were places on the inside of the shoe where the fabric wasn’t staying down, so I glued those with that E6000 stuff and clamped it overnight.  That worked.  The mod podge made the shoes stiff and that made the buckle in the back stuck straight out – I just glued and clamped that as well.  I figured since they fit my foot I didn’t need to buckle and unbuckle them.
Now, when the Mod Podge was wet, I knew it was see-through and darker green.  I thought as it dried that the green would turn opaque and lighter again.  But it didn’t.  So it wasn’t what I pictured, but I didn’t mind the black flowers showing through – it added dimension to the shoes.  Here’s the fabric, with and without mod podge:

I was worried that the shoes would be super uncomfortable because they were stiff, so I told myself that it was just for one night.  But they were great – no blisters, etc.  I even wore them to church the next day.  I was also afraid they might come apart somehow, but they’re holding up great as well.

So don’t be afraid to mod podge some cheap shoes – what have you got to loose?!  Go try it!!

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  1. says

    Sooo creative!!! I need some! I’m happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I would also like to invite you to link up to my party every Friday @ Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!!
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  2. says

    Now that is one awesome project! I love the shoes and how you stuck with it to make it work. I bet they will last forever. I love the way the black flowers show through, you couldn’t of planned it any better. Great job!

  3. says

    I’ve done this with a few…Its so fun! And tissue papaer works well also,just make sure to seal them well. I have added beads and buttons also with E600 also.

    They look great!

  4. says

    You have just blown my mind. I thought I was edgy when I spray painted some shoes for Halloween, but that was nothing compared to this! This is so creative and amazing, I just can’t believe you did it!

  5. says

    How funny…I was just getting up the courage to do this with a pair of flats!!! So happy to see that it DOES actually work before I tried it on mine ;-) Stop by my blog and say ‘Hi’ sometime :)

  6. says

    Wow. These are amazing! I love how the pattern of the original fabric shows through and the color green they turned. I was wondering how the mod podge was fitting into this because just looking at the picture you’d think the shoes came that way.

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