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Hey Besties! Today I thought we would do a fun project
and decoupage some shoes. if you guys read my blog you know how much
I love customising shoes, I’ve done everything from blinging them up with diamantes to glitter
to completely remaking them, adding lace, completely changing the shoe.
But today I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to try for ages: decoupage!
I’ve been cleaning out my closets lately and I found a stack of old Japanese magazines.
I love them to death but I just don’t have the space in a 1 bedroom apartment for them.
I gave most of them away to friends but rather than putting the last ones to waste I thought
it would be fun for us to do some craft tutorials with the rest.
For this project you’ll need a pair of shoes, a magazine or some old comic books or something
to decoupage with, a bowl of water and some PVA glue.
PVA glue has different names in different countries but if you google it I’m sure you’ll
be able to find a similar substitute if your country.
If you’re in the US you could probably use something like Modge Podge but we don’t have
that available here so cheap old PVA it is. The heels that I’m going to be using today
are just standard heels. They are from Joanne Mercer and they’re pretty old and I think
they need a bit of a make over. These ones are leather on the outside but
it doesn’t really matter, you can use any kind of shoe you will just need to adjust
the glue you use accordingly. The first step is to flick through your magazine
and find some nice bright pages that we can use on the shoes.
I’m going to go with some of the brighter advertisements at the beginning of the magazine.
Ugh, 2007 was such a great year for Japanese fashion.
Now you need to tear up your magazine into small pieces.
I’m getting rid of any pieces which don’t have really interesting pictures on them because
I want the whole shoe to be really interesting. No filler!
A lot of the pieces I’m picking are Lolita fashion because it’s cute and it’s going to
make some really interesting designs on the shoes.
Now first shoe! Pour a bunch of PVA glue into your water,
you want basically a 1:1 ratio of glue and water. Mix it all thoroughly.
It’s going to get pretty messy so make sure you protect your surface with paper or plastic
or fabric. Take your first piece of paper and dip it
into the glue mixture. It need to be completely soaked. Magazines
are a little harder to work with because the paper is thicker.
The glue and water need to penetrate right into the middle.
That way when it dries it will form a nice hard shell.
Once it’s soaked put it on the shoe and smooth it down with your fingers so it fits the shape
completely. It’s much easier to work with small pieces
when you’re decoupaging curves because they tend to fit better.
With your next piece, soak it for a little bit and place it overlapping the first piece
that you did. See how it’s overlapping here, I’m just going
to fold that inside so it sticks. The overlapping is actually really important
because it will give the a lot more structure later.
And that’s it! Just keep going until you’ve done the entire
shoe. Let’s do it!
Continue going around the top section going around, I guess you would call it the mouth
of the shoe, the top, and then we’ll flip it over and do the bottom.
Along the bottom you want it to be as straight as possible so it actually matches up with
the seem at the bottom of the shoe. So it’s a good idea to use the edge of the
magazine because they are already cut straight. Don’t forget that paper has a grain, so it
will be much easier to tear it in one way than the other.
If you’re having problems with following the curves, just use smaller pieces of paper.
So there we go, finished! Now we just need to wait for it to dry so
we can do another couple of coats of glue. While that’s happening, I will do the other
one. And time travel to now!
Yeah it’s totally a thing. Ok we’ve got both of our shoes done, you can
see this one is much darker because it’s still wet.
You can see the black of the shoes coming through a lot more while the paper is wet.
With the dry one, we’re going to coat it in full PVA now and that’s going to make it much
harder when it dries so they will be more durable.
You can paint it on if you want but I’m just going to use my finger.
There we go, completely covered in glue. Gross. We’re going to put that to the side
until it’s completely dry. See you in a minute. It’s a little while later now, welcome back.
And the shoes are dry! How cute do they look? They’re very shiny
at the moment because the glue has just dried but if you want them to be a bit more matte
you can dust them with a little make up finishing powder.
But I quite like them shiny. So cute! And you can hear they are pretty
hard now. but they still have a bit of give to them so you’ll be able to get your foot
in there easily. And there you have it, cute shoes, no more
magazines taking up space in my cupboard which is also a plus.
But I still get to keep the memories of wearing this fashion many years ago.
So I hope you guys enjoyed this craft tutorial. Let me know if you give it a try and I’ll
see you guys next time. Bye! If you liked this video, chances are you’ll
like my others too. Subscribe to my channel and then check out
my blog at www.VioletLeBeaux.com. There’s even a super cute puppy!