February 12, 2013

Girlified Converse Shoe Makeover

I've been looking through some of Rex and Baden's old clothing and shoes to see what I can convert to girl clothing for the baby.  These little red converse sneakers have been through a few boys in the family.  I decided to try and "girlify" them for the baby so she can wear them one day too.  It was a quick, easy project.


I started by removing the old laces and scrubbing the toes to get them a little cleaner.


Then I got out my Tulip Glitter Bond and some Tulip glitter.

I used a little sponge to apply the glitter bond.


Then I shook on the glitter.  I pressed it on with my fingers and shook off the excess.  I used my fingernail to make sure the edge was really clean along the black line.  The glitter covered the dirty toe really well.


I added some ribbon I already had for laces and called them done.  If you're wondering how well the glitter will stay on, I can attest that it stays on really well.  I made THESE SHOES a long time ago and they held up really well.  (If you scuff your toes a lot them you could always reapply some extra glitter if necessary.)  


And there you have it - from dirty, worn out boy shoes to clean, cute girly ones.  Thanks for stopping by.

13 comments:

  1. So easy and cute!!! I love the idea of taking what you already have and making them girly! :)

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    1. Ditto! I would save their t-shirts too - you can reuse so many "boy" things for girls!

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  2. I love the idea of simply switching out the laces for ribbon. Adorable!

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  3. That's why I love red baby/kid items - it works for boys or girls. I try to get red on the more expensive things like snow shoes, coats... so they can get passed down. I like how you girlified the hi tops - super cute.

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  4. btw, Cheri, out of curiosity, how long did it take for your Zulily orders to arrive? I order something about a month ago and wasn't sure what the usual wait time was. Thanks! :)

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    1. Zulily can take longer to get the product to you because they have each sale open for a few days, then when it closes the manufacturer sends the orders in a group to Zulily, who then have to sort them and then ship them to the customer. Check your account on Zulily and it should show you where it is in the process.

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    2. I waited about 2 weeks for one order, but 3 for another. Elizabeth's comment above is great info. Thanks Elizabeth!

      Cheri

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    3. Thanks to you both! I checked my account and found out that there was a misunderstanding with my shipping address so the package was returned to the sender! Thankfully, Zulily has AMAZING customer service and customer service rep that I emailed with was really prompt and helpful!

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  5. That is awesome!
    If you are just looking to clean up un-glittered Converse, my daughter tidies hers with one of those magic erasers. Mind you, she is a little.... um.... fussy about her Converse shoes and doesn't let them get very dirty, but they clean up REALLY well with one of those.
    I'm going to show her this post for when her shoes are getting really worn. She loves glitter. Oh, did I mention that she is 19?
    Thanks!

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  6. So cute! I just wish you could reuse more girl clothes for a boy.

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  7. Super cute idea!!! I used to add rhinestones to the toes of Kam's converse as well with Tulle laces! So fun to have girls!!

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  8. I would double over the ribbon, sew the edges then then the pattern will be on both sides of the "laces"

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  9. For some reason I look at these shoes and think of ladybugs and I love ladybugs. Great 'upcycle'!

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