The Guilty Crafter's Dye-I-Y studio
By Angela Daniels
September 2, 2014
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For back to school, I jazzed up a pair of blah white sneakers into a bright and fun rainbow look for my little girl. So fast and SO cute.
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First, you should know that my daughter channels a mix of Pippi Longstocking and Punky Brewster for her personal style. I couldn't be happier (my other kiddo is Mr. Same tshirt and jeans, all the time). When I took her shopping for back-to-school shoes, we really weren't finding the right style for her smaller than average sized feet. It was either pink sparkles (great for the preschool set) or fairly plain shoes. We were looking for something with more of a sense of fun for her first year in junior high. So, I gathered up a few supplies, sat out in the grass in the front yard and did what we always do when we can't find exactly what we want- I DYE-I-Y'd.
Here is the before shot of the shoes. I found them for about $20 on Ebay. They are sad because they have no life in them. I mean, can you BE more plain? Plusb, I don't know any kid who can keep a pair of sneakers pure white for more than an hour. Right?
I brought out all the colors in my stash- you can do more or you can do less. The key here is Rit's Color Perfect kits. They come with several applicator tips and the can be applied straight from the bottle. I love, love the sponge dauber applicator. You'll see I also used fuchsia and aquamarine liquid dye. I just used them exactly the way I applied the Color Perfect and I used them by cleaning a dauber from a Color Perfect bottle.
My kiddo likes to be girly along with her spunky style so we added these cute Jewel Pop flowers from Cathie and Steve's line with Plaid Enterprises (thanks Cathie and Steve!). We added them to the bottom of the shoelaces with a dab of E600.
Will the colors run? I sprayed the shoes like crazy with Rit Dye Fixative to make sure the colors don't run or come off on our furniture or her clothes when she's wearing the shoes. For added measure, I sprayed them with Scotch Guard once the Rit Dye Fixative had a chance to dry. Just in case and because we live in a rainy part of the Pacific Northwest. Anyway- these are the new favorite shoes by FAR. All the kids who have seen them so far have asked if we could make them a pair too!