DIY Star Wars Shoes

Star Wars ShoesWith the release of the new Star Wars movie only just over six weeks away I’ve already started thinking about what I’m going to wear. Although I won’t be dressing up in full costume, I’m thinking some Star Wars themed accessories and bits and pieces can’t go astray.

So, today I bring you Star Wars comic book shoes! Very easy to make a home!

Star Wars Shoes Materials

Materials:

  • Pair of heals (or any other kind of shoes of your choice. I used an old pair that I would have otherwise chucked out which had a leathery surface. TIP: I suggest choosing ones that have a pretty hard surface – this should help them to look smoother and make the comic book stick better. Also I think shoes that have an actual heal, not just a wedge look better)
  • Black paint (if you’re like me and using a wedge heal and you want to paint the bottom half
  • Glue – I used Aquadhere (its a glue we have in Australia that’s pretty much used for everything. Over here it is also A LOT cheaper than Modge Podge, however from what I’ve read Modge Podge works really well, and if I made another pair I’d probably splash out and by some to try.
  • Varnish and/or sealer
  •  Paint brushes (for all your glues, varnishes etc.)
  • Comic book (I bought mine new for about $6, but you can probably get one cheaper from a second hand store)

Instructions

– sorry I forgot to take photos as I was going along!

STEP 1 – Wash the shoes. You’ll want to make sure they’re nice and clean before you start sticking things on them.

STEP 2 (OPTIONAL) – If like me your using wedges and want to paint one part of them, you’ll probably want to do that both before applying the comic pieces. If like me and you get glue on the painted area, you’ll probably also want to give them another quick coat afterwards as well.

STEP 3 – Cut up the comic book. Start by cutting out the main pictures, then cut up the rest of page – these will be used as ‘filler pieces’. Don’t worry about cutting some of them too small – a lot of mine I had to re-cut because they were too big! (You don’t want them too big because then they won’t go around the shoe smoothly – you’ll see what I mean when you get to it).

STEP 4 –  Stick the comic book pieces to the shoe. Apply the glue to part of the shoe first using a paintbrush or something similar. You want to use a generous amount, but don’t want it too think. Use the ‘filler’ pieces and start with the edge of the shoe first, working your way around. You may want to do part of it and then wait for that bit to dry before continuing. Next, use your main pieces to fill up the inside.

STEP 5 (OPTIONAL) – You may want to ‘paint’ over your comic book pieces with the glue (only if your using one that will leave a nice finish), ensuring all pieces are stuck down fully.  This will also add an extra layer of protection.

STEP 6 –  Apply the the varnish and/or sealer. I used varnish first as it gives a nice glossy finish. I think I used about 4 or 5 coats. I then went over that with an outdoor sealer I have (the sealer is meant to be glossy, but doesn’t work any where near as well as the varnish), doing about 3 or 4 coats. I applied the varnish to just the comic strip, but the sealer to both the painted area and comic strip.

STEP 7 – Wait for everything to dry (I suggest waiting a couple days to be absolutely sure) and then you’re done! 🙂

Of course, you can use any kind of comic book you want – I’m planning on doing a Marvel pair and a Captain America pair for the release of Civil War. Also I haven’t added it yet, but on the black painted area of the wedges I’m looking to add the rebel logo and the empire logo on each shoe.

Star Wars Shoes 2

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