DIY | Shoe Transfer

DIY | Shoe Transfer

I always love it when I have discovered a new trick that involves restyling! 
I ordered these cute boots from Chicwish with the idea that they would match with everything, and they do. But when they arrived, I realized that I have bought most of my shoes with the idea that they should match with my clothes and that just sounded a bit crazy to me, because why not just wear what you like?
So instead of ignoring this and just wear them, I decided to give them an altered look and try out a new technique! Do you remember my Leather Printing Jewelry DIY? It involved using shirt transfer paper on suede. Well, this is sort of the same idea: I used T-shirt transfer paper to transfer an image onto the shoes. And I can’t believe it but it really worked!
It was pretty easy to do and didn’t cost much at all, I just can’t wait to try this on more of my shoes (or purses!)
First take a pare of shoes. I would not recommend shoes that have a glossy or smooth surface because the transfer paper will probably not attach very well. I used these (fake) suede boots which worked perfect!
Shoes | Transfer Paper for darker fabrics | Printer | Iron | Piece of fabric | Scissors | Pen | Mod Podge | Brush
1. Place the piece of fabric on the shoe and trace the part that you want to cover with your pen.
2. Cut the shape.
3. Place the fabric on a piece of paper and scan the image. (you can use a scanner, but if you don’t have one you can use a free scan app on you phone.)
4. Open the scanned file in Photoshop. Make sure that it doesn’t change the size of the original image!
5. Trace the shape and fill it with a picture of your choosing. ( my image comes from the Rijksmuseum website)
6. Print the image on the transfer paper and transfer it to the shoes by following the instructions that come with the paper. Be careful not to keep the iron on there for too long!
7. Apply two layers of Mod Podge on the shoes.
All done!

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  • Viva La DIY 24th February 2014 at 1:05 am

    Incredible, such a lovely floral print!
    ♡ Dulce

  • Yolennie 24th February 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, this is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing :)


  • Harmony 9th March 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I love this idea!
    I live in Vancouver, BC – do you know how “rain-worthy” they are?

  • Arielle 5th March 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you.
    Been looking for something like this forever!! Simple and easy. Thank you!!

    • Lana Red Author 6th March 2015 at 9:49 am

      You’re welcome :)

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