Friday, 25 January 2013

DIY wedding: personalised glitter trainers

1. Supplies:
  • Pair of canvas trainers (I used Converse but you could easily pick up a cheap pair from Primark or the like)
  • Glitter
  • Fabric glue & brush
  • Cardboard box big enough to fit one shoe comfortably
  • Fabric paint & brush (not shown...i'll explain why later :-))
  • Acrylic sealer/hairspray

2. Paint the glue onto the shoe - it's best to work on small patches otherwise you'll end up covered in glue!

3. Hold your shoe over the box and sprinkle with LOTS of glitter.  Then shake off the excess.  Repeat steps 2&3 until the whole shoe is covered.  Now leave for 30 mins or so to dry.

4. You'll probably notice there are a few bare patches, so now is the time to fill those in.  You can also give the entire shoe another coat for va-va-voom maximum glitter impact!

5. Time to admire your handy work.  How much better does your shoe look now?  Now do the other one!

6. Time to personalise those bad boys.  And in the rush to get all my DIYs ready I helpfully forgot to photograph this stage! BUT, these tips might help.  I used this stamp kit to make a stamp of our wedding date and then used this as a guide to write the numbers using this fabric paint.

Finally, you need to seal the glitter. Unless you want to leave a trail of glitter wherever you go - cute if you're out, tres annoying if you're at home :-) Acrylic sealer (gloss finish) is really good - and i've also heard hairspray is a pretty good, cheap DIY alternative.

Et voila, one pair of personalised wedding trainers which went down a STORM with our guests.  And me - the most comfortable wedding shoes ever.

I'd love to say I also made the Bot's trainers - thankfully the guys at Adidas had that covered.  Using their Mi Adidas service you can create your own customised trainers - colours, fabrics, the works. Including a small amount of text along one of the stripes.  Just don't do what I did and order a size too small.  Kinda taints the wedding gift ;-)

Trainers vs. Kate Spade heels...


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  2. You wore those to your wedding!?!?!?! That's awesome!! P.S. I love them, so sparkly!!!

  3. You wore those to your wedding!?!?!?! That's awesome!! P.S. I love them, so sparkly!!!


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