If you love a good DIY project and you love shoes and accessories, then I can’t wait to show you this easy and fun way to add some personal flair to a pair of flats, boots, sneakers, or even a handbag!
As long as you can cut tape and dab on paint, this DIY is a great way to add a geometric print to lots of accessories.
What type of shoes work best for this DIY?
Shoes that are made of a suede or suede-like material work best for this project (flats like these are perfect and I used these pink boots), but the key is choosing a fabric that the tape will stick to and that the paint will soak into as well (so more fabric than shiny).
Shoes that don’t have a lot of buckles or zippers. A few is fine if you can tape around them, but more of a blank canvas makes it easier.
Here’s a step-by-step for how I printed mine at home:
How to paint your shoes:
Use masking tape to create a fun, geometric pattern. Think stripes or triangle or any shape you are comfortable cutting out about 50 times.
You can cut masking tape pieces in half with varying lengths for a fun, irregular stripe, or, like for these boots, you can tape off one side of the shoe by taping down the middle line and covering that one side with smaller strips in a checkerboard pattern.
After you paint, let it dry, peel off the tape, and repeat on the other side—remember to cover zippers, heels, or any shoe edges that you don’t want painted with tape!
Be sure to press the edges of the tape over the seams around the sole and inside the shoe for the cleanest results. Use matte fabric paint (this is my favorite) and a pouncer (my favorite way to do this since it does a light even coat easily) or small, flat brush to paint a coat over the entire surface.
When dry, remove the tape and reveal your design. Enjoy your new pair of shoes! It’s fun having a piece of clothing that no one else has.
Can I do this tutorial on other items as well?
Yes!! If you follow the same fabric selection guidelines (faux suede or suede-like material, nothing really shiny), then you can also do this DIY on purses (one like this would be great), jackets, skirts, or whatever you like!
You could also use shape stickers to mask off an area for a fun pattern as well! If you love the look but don’t want to go through all the steps, you can also go for a pair like this with the stripes already added.
Throw your new flats into a cute weekend bag and you’re ready for a road trip! xo. Elsie
While washi or masking tape will work for this project, I would use painter’s tape as that tends to have the best sealing quality to keep the paint out of your blocked areas and is strong enough to be peeled off easily.
If you use washi tape, just make sure it is a thicker variety so it doesn’t shred into small pieces when you try to peel it off.
Yes! Keep around some of the fabric paint and you can dab a bit on as needed as they wear or tape off areas again and repaint as needed.
DIY Masked and Printed Geometric Flats
Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman