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Trend alert: DIY your accessories!

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My newly DIY’ed shoes (yep, I painted that toy piano too!)

DIY-ed accessories are everywhere recently: sequined tights, studded boots, decked out frames and even spiked sunglasses. Whether it’s recessionista chic or just a fun way to personalize your wardrobe, I’m all over it!

This pair of sequined heels were purchased at Wet Seal and were patiently anticipating their debut in spring. I decided to prep them for the season with a contrast sole, a-la Christian Louboutin – but in candyfuturistic colors. According to TheFashionSpot, baby blue is the IT color for Spring 2010 which is great, since robin’s egg is my favorite color of the moment. :) I picked up some acrylic paint from a craft store and got to work.


Before the makeover

Outdoor Patio Paint claims to be weather and water-proof – perfect for this project. I picked some up in Blue Bahama at a craft store. I painted soles and heel with a brush (it helps to have a smaller brush handy for hard-to-reach spots) and it took 2 coats for the color to go opaque. Results were smooth and semi-glossy. This paint dries to the touch within minutes but you want to wait 24 hours before wearing these outside.


Finished result!

I LOVE my new shoes!!! The turquoise looks gorgeous against rainbow sparkle of sequins and purple insoles. I can’t wait to wear these once the weather allows it – until then, I’ll rock them around the house!

Deerlings: do you DIY your accessories? Share your creations with us!

47 Responses to
“Trend alert: DIY your accessories!”

  • Noelle says:

    Awsome! I love diy stuff and am in the works of creating my own boots!

  • Katie says:

    Those are gorgeous! =) Consider me inspired.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    Done! ;)

  • Elise says:

    I love it. Very cute
    And already out of stock at Wet Seal online.

  • Suzanne C. says:

    Those shoes are gorgeous I want to buy a pair and paint them a different colour. I’m not sure what yet It would be hard to commit to one for me.
    I realy want to try and re-create these boots in a Madonna video I saw (I think it’s called “sorry” she speaks Japanese with a ridiculous accent lol) I also really want to get shoes at trift stores and transform them into all sorts of fabulous creations.

  • charlene daalling says:

    That is awesome. LOVE IT!

  • Kim says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. I love those. I just…love it!!!

    I’m actually thinking of making a pair of ruby slippers for this summer, not sure how but I will!!!

  • Chloe May says:

    How long ago did you buy those shoes? They are beautiful!! And even more beautiful after the paint job! I want some!! :D xxx

    Doe Deere Reply:

    I got them in December. They seem to be out of stock on the Wet Seal website but I wonder if they still have them in some locations.

    Chloe May Reply:

    I see! Merci beaucoup <3 x

  • Sara says:

    I love really simple DIY stuff like this. Your shoes look lovely

  • Rachael says:

    Those are super cute! So much “GLEE!” I’ve been inspired for creating my own similar look for my friend’s Mardi Gras party. Too bad green, purple and gold are not in my palettes of favorite colors!

  • Corinne says:

    FYI — It’s Christian Louboutin. Not Christina.

    Doe Deere Reply:

    hahaha, typo of the century! :D

  • Candice says:

    Those shoes SCREAM you, Doe! Especially after your magical make-over! Love them!!!

  • Kendall says:

    I’m currently working on covering a pair of thrift store pumps in tiny .5″ mirrors. The end result will be fabulous. DISCO BALL SHOES!

    Katharine Reply:

    That sounds really interesting!!!! I would love to see the finished product!!!

    Doe Deere Reply:

    Post pictures when you’re done, that sounds brilliant!

  • Ally says:

    Gorgeous! And the DIY character of them makes them extra-special.

  • Myshappy says:

    These are fantastic. Definitely inspired me to go find something to alter. I may have some shoes already that need a touch up….

    I have a question, which may need some time to be answered so you can test the shoes out or so. Is the paint really durable? And is there anything you know to go over it with to help. I just don’t want to accidentally end up with a thousand chips! I’m not a very careful person. Haha. Thanks!

    Sophie Alexandra Reply:

    I would try gell medium or clear acrylic they also sell shoe polish thats clear and ment to make things waterproof

  • Faithie says:

    I have been thinking about painting a pair of my shoes. This is quite inspiring :)

  • JK says:

    Those shoes look too big for you!

  • Trishna says:

    Doe, I love dewy eyes. Would you ever consider making eye gloss? Sometimes, I like mixing a teeeeeny bit of vaseline with my eyeshadow to make it dewy, but I can never get my eyeliner to stay. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Zane says:

    I’m in LOVE with your shoes, and the paint was just the finishing touch it needed!
    well I must say that I have very selective tastes in clothes, I can never find anything I truly like, so I just make all my own clothes! I can still find a few awesome pieces from time to time, but at least this way I can bring my vision to life and be totally happy with what I’m wearing. Right now I’m working on an all over hot pink sequin hoodie.

  • Decodetrace says:

    i make bows for myself and friends. I find it relaxing when i’m on edge. I also am looking for a denim vest so i can personlize it with studs on the shoulders because so many are so expensive.

  • maureen says:

    i make things for myself all the time! (although usually they don’t come out as nice as those shoes!)
    usually i frankenstein broken jewelry together, or sew panels and patches onto pants and dresses. my favorite dress is a lime-green vintage scooter dress with a boris karloff patch sewn on :) i’ve also made/modified a few hats.
    http://marychain.deviantart.com/gallery/#clothing

  • Irina says:

    Lovely customisation, the blue complements all the rainbow sequins perfectly ^^
    Om a slightly different subject, here’s an online game featuring a unicorn and lots of rainbows: http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html

  • Mandy says:

    I can’t stop looking at them O_O <3
    I'm ttly for DIY mania!!

  • Atalaya says:

    I’m in lust with those shoes. They’re beautiful!

  • Annie says:

    Oh, I love them, I love them. I MUST buy some plain heels & scatter them with sequins now. Thank you for being one of my new inspirations, every day!

  • Maricela says:

    I have those shoes, I love them so much they’re probably my favorites right now, they look even more awesome after the diy treatment though

  • Marlena says:

    These are amazing!!
    Robin’s egg blue is my favorite color too <3

  • Remi says:

    Ok, that’s awesome!!! They look so much better :D Robin’s Egg blue is also my favorite color right now… I scored an *amazing* vintage dress that color for only $5!!! I wore it with a bright silver wrap belt and I have never gotten more compliments O;) I also looove the nail polish “For Audrey” by China Glaze, it’s the perfect Tiffany blue.

    I love DIY so much. Simple projects are so great! Also wow I really want to make boots like Audrey’s! And DISCO BALL SHOES… *NEEDS*

  • Devi says:

    Oh hey! I had that same fuzzy heart blanket!

    Sometimes I like jazzing up my own hats, like my favorite cloche hat I removed the feathers at the bow and added a pretty pink cameo pin. I also have a cute cape that I want to replace the plain, black button on with a fancy one.

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  • Jocelyne says:

    I just did a DIY inspired by you and Threadbanger! Thanks for being inspirational. here is the post if you are interested.
    http://prettyprettypirate.blogspot.com/2010/02/painted-ladys.html

  • Cate says:

    They look so much better in blue, I’ve never thought of painting my shoes before but it’s definitely something I’ll be wanting to try.

    I’m always decorating and personalising my belongings it’s so much fun, this week I decorated my pill case (pictures in blog) now I’m sure to remember to take my vitamins every day XD

  • Carolina says:

    That change of colour turned out really nice, never thought of paint tthe heel and sole, awesome idea!

  • I do tons of DIY stuff – hair pieces, jewellery, painting shoes (I painted a pair of platform boots to look like nurse type shoes), tearing things apart, cutting up shirts, destroying and painting my denim, and then putting rhinestones on random things.

    Love the shoes – they do look a lot better in blue

  • anel says:

    love them but can you please tell us what technique you used to keep the lines so clean and not get any paint on the sequin part.

    red sox jerseys Reply:

    The same to you!

  • yelva says:

    I have just painted some of my shoes with acrylic paint, and they started to crackle the first time i tried them. does your restyled shoes do that too?

    anyways i love that blue colour, i feel like all shoes should have a babyblue sole :P

  • so beautiful!Love it very much

  • Love them! so Good!

  • Brittany says:

    I painted a pair of plain black heels turquoise and pink and added some rhinestones.
    Here: http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/262160_252918308057004_228984917117010_1260282_6628868_n.jpg

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