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DIY peppermint shoes


Here is a tutorial for DIY peppermint shoes!

I can’t resist painting on shoes – especially when I find awesome blank canvases on clearance at the store. These basic  black flats were only $5. Sure, I could have left them black suede and go on with normal life OR have my way with them.

Which do you think I chose?

These shoes are perfect for a holiday party or when you want to add a little cheer without going overboard. They also make great stocking stuffers, or you can make them and wear them to Noche Buena (Christmas Eve), any casual holiday occasion!

SUPPLIES for DIY peppermint shoes

Fabric paint


Assorted paint brushes

Masking tape in skinny assorted widths


Here are the blank shoes! All you need to make this is red and white Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, a brush and a steady hand.
What I love about the Soft Paint is that it gives thick, even coverage and will cover a surface as dense as black suede!


Dust off shoes to remove any debris.

Use the red to paint the entire shoes on the outside. Let dry and then add a second coat.



Once they are fully dry, look at different pictures of candy canes to find the pattern you want to replicate. Practice with markers on paper first to get the flow of the style.

Use the masking tape to tape off your shoes where you want to paint. This step isn’t required if you are an experienced painter. I want for people of all skill levels to be able to make these cute DIY peppermint shoes, so use the masking tape as a guide  if needed!

candy canes
Photo by Brigitte Tohm
Add the white paint using a thin brush. If you want super perfect lines, skip the masking tape and you can draw the lines with a ruler. I just went for it though!
Let the first layer of white fully dry and then add a second coat. And a third is needed.
You may have to go over the white a few times to make them super bright.
Here is the finished look.  I added black paint around the edges to give them polished look.
They are soooo cute, I love them because they look great with jeans and fit so well with the season!


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DIY Collage wrapping paper

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3 thoughts on “DIY peppermint shoes”

  1. They are great.
    Also, just wanted to say that I was at the art museum today and went into their gift shop, and so happily surprised to see your things there a couple, but a couple of other things that was so exciting


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