Patriotic 4th of July Shoe Makeover

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

What says Independence Day better than the good ol’ stars and stripes? Dreaming up an idea for some sweet shoes for Independence Day for one sweet baby girl named Sunshine (named by her older brother, how sweet is that?!) red, white and blue was a given and stars and stripes seemed a great way to implement the patriotic color scheme!

Now everything didn’t go quite as planned but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. With a little bit of flexibility, and a little bit more work than you need to do, these shoes came together and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

For this project you will need:

  • White canvas plimsoll sneakers
  • Red fabric marker
  • Blue fabric marker
  • White fabric paint or marker
  • No tie laces or ribbons

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

Take a new pair of sneakers and remove the laces. Place off to the side or in your craft stash for a later project.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

Bust out your blue fabric marker and cover the toe of the sneaker worn on the left foot completely in blue. You may need to give a bit of time for the marker to completely dry and not smudge…

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

On the sneaker worn on the left foot draw your red stripes. Now here is where my problem came to be… my marker bled like all get-out! Look at that! Totally unexpected but not the end of the world.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

Place the two shoes side by side and try to duplicate the stripes on the white area of the shoe worn on the left foot.

Now, I did this the wrong way but you don’t have to… if you want a darker red or blue go over the area a time or two or, heck, even three more to get a more saturated color.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

After the red has dried, and only if you have fuzzy, unattractive edges, grab some white fabric paint and a stiff brush and fill in all of the white areas, going over the edges of the red stripes to smooth out.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

On the blue shoe evenly space out drawn white stars. I used an opaque fabric marker but wound up going over them with paint and a brush for a brighter, stronger white.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

This is after my shoes got a few extra coats of red, with the shoe on the left getting one more than the right. I was totally happy with the blue but the red as it sat a while started to look pink and not red so action needed to be taken! After all, it’s the RED, white and blue rather than the PINK, white and blue.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

For extra cuteness these babies were laced with those curly, no tie laces. A bit longer than needed for such small shoes, I wound up lopping the ends off to a more appropriate size and then sealed the ends with heavy duty, clear glue.

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

While these were technically made for an itty bitty thing, I have decided that I want a pair, too!

Whip up some super cute Patriotic kicks great for the 4th of July and perfect for all summer long!

And although my starts aren’t perfectly spaced and neither are my stripes, these fantastic shoes are still a pair that I am wildly proud of!