DIY Shoe Upcycles! 5 Easy tutorials

 

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Hey all!  Today’s DIY is actually a collection of projects that I’ve been brainstorming for a while.  There are so many fabulous shoe trends right now and every time I see a new one I think “Hey!  I should just make that!”  It’s a curse, amiright??

So today I’ve got FIVE separate ways to upcycle plain, old shoes that might be collecting dust in the back of your closet and turn them into something new and amazing!

Project 1:  Add jewels!

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These old Target sandals were a summer staple a couple years ago but they’re looking old and worn lately.  After seeing some bedazzled inspirational sandals at Anthropologie, I decided this would be the perfect solution.

I bought these strands of crystals at Michael’s and simply stitched them to the braided strap!  I used some upholstery thread that I had on-hand but regular thread would work too, as long as you used several strands.

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Project 2:  Turning boring D’Orsay pumps into lace up heels!

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This was by far the simplest upcycle.  I took these cute (but plain) H&M pumps and glued a little strip of ribbon in a loop to the inside back of the heel.  When the superglue dried, I strung this cute studded cording through the loop and laced them up!

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I bought the cording for this project (and for the magenta heels below) also at Michael’s.

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Project 3:  Adding temporary sparkle to ho-hum heels

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I REEEALLY love these pumps from Forever 21 (bought years ago!) but found myself passing them over because they are so simple.  I finally decided that an old bling-y necklace had served its purpose and needed to be taken apart and glued to shoe clips!  I bought these from Amazon and love them.

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Project 4: Brightening up magenta pumps with more lacing!

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This project was only slightly more time-consuming than the black pumps above.  In addition to gluing a ribbon loop on the the back inside heel, I also superglued two more loops on the sides of the show, right around the center of my arch.

Then I laced the cording (this kind is stretchy!) through both side loops, crossed them once and then looped them both through the back loop and laced them up (the center of the cording passes under my arch).  As a former ballerina, I think this look is my favorite!

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Project 5:  Added a crafty bohemian vibe to some lace-up sandals

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Lately, I’ve seen SO much inspiration for lace-up sandals with a funky, eclective look to them...Sam Edelman’s collection this Spring had lots of embroidery, poms, tassels, mirrors and fringe all over the place!  I loved it!

After channeling my inner gypsy and trying my hand at these, I’m not sure what I think.  I like the direction they’re taking but still not positive they’re finished.  What are your thoughts?

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I kinda think they still just look like a summer camp project where I threw a bunch of craft crap on them with a glue gun (which is exactly what I did).  I’ll keep you updated if I make any more headway!

Well, that’s a wrap!  Which project was your favorite??  Got any old shoes lying around you can bring new life to?

Welcome little gem!

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One of my most wonderful long-time friends just had a baby…her 5th girl!  Her next youngest is 8 and this baby is the first for her current marriage so we decided little baby Angélie needed a shower to welcome her into the world.  And, since brand new babies are WAY more fun to see than pregnant women, we waited until after she was born to shower the little “gem”.

I’ve been seeing gem-themed decor everywhere so I knew I wanted to head in that trendy direction. What do you guys think??

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DIY Easter Basket Gameboard

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If there’s anything more fun than sewing in general, it’s sewing for holidays!  Spring is almost here and I’m having a great time getting ready for it.  Today’s DIY is a fun Easter project that I’m really excited to share! You ready for this??

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It’s an Easter basket that unzips to lay flat!  Awesome, right??  I hate storing baskets and buckets for holidays so I’ve been brainstorming this project for a while.  But not only is this basket easy to store, it can also be used as a gameboard!  I’ve included a printable with 4 separate game ideas to play on the basket with some yummy Easter candy as game pieces.

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Wooden Dowel Heart Wreath Tutorial

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DIY Holiday Gift Roundup

 

Handmade gifts are some of my most favorite to give and get!  There’s something about the love and time put into a gift that makes it all the more fun.  With 2 weeks left till Christmas, there’s still plenty of time left for a handmade gift (or several!).  Plus, handmade gifts are often much easier on the shrinking gift budget.

I’ve compiled a list of some super simple DIY gifts that your kids, sisters or friends would LOVE.  Time to get cracking!

For the LADIES…

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Do you DIE over this mug?  Check out Like the Cheese for more great travel mug ideas using vinyl!

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DIY Floral Heels

 

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WOO HOO!  Behold!  One of my favorite DIY projects EVER!  I have been scouring the Internets for some killer floral heels for months now but alas, to no avail.  To be fair, I’m kinda picky.  I needed the perfect floral print, heels low enough to chase toddlers in, within my budget…etc.

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DIY Baby Headband Roundup

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Having a baby girl is so fun!!  I really did want a little brother for 2 year old Finn but let’s be honest, how can I not love dressing up a little princess??  

I sat down at my sewing machine the other day to make some new headbands for Marilyn and then realized that I’m a little out of practice!  I managed to churn out a couple bows but decided to round up a few great tutorials to help anyone wanting to doll up a baby girl.

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Big Kitchen Reveal!

 

 

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Holy cow, am I excited to finally share all the after pics of our kitchen!  This project has been a LONG time coming and we are just thrilled with the end result.  I got to dig up some old “before” pics for this post, along with a couple pictures of the kitchen as a work in progress over the years.  Try to not get too overwhelmed by the heinousness that was our kitchen when we moved in almost 7 years ago.

Ready for this??

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This was what greeted us when we first toured the house.  Trust me, it was way worse in person.  We painted and replaced carpet before moving in, but that was about it.

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Candy corn pennant

Like the other 7 billion people on the planet, I LOVE Halloween décor, even though, as a mother, I HATE the holiday itself.  Don’t even get me started on kids changing their minds on costume ideas 2 hours beforehand or the sugar highs, fights over candy, fear of weirdos kidnapping my kids…. 

 

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But back to the fun part: décor!  My all-time favorite holiday DIY is this candy corn pennant because
1. it’s made of fabric! My favorite medium
2.  It’s super easy to sew
3. It has lasted year after year, which is more than can be said of my paper projects of years gone by.

Bonus: Read on for a no-sew alternative!

 

 

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My banner has 10 pennants and measures about 10 feet long, FYI.

Supplies:

Quilting cotton in orange, yellow and white (1/2 yard each)
10 feet of black, double fold bias tape (purchase or make your own!)

 

 

1.  Download and print a copy of the template right HERE.  Be sure the “fit to page” box is blank and/or set your margins to “none”.  The template should measure about 7.5” x 9”.

2.  Cut one copy of your template into 3 pieces for the front of the candy corn.  For the other copy of the template, just cut out the triangle whole (this will be for the backs).

2.  Using the three front pieces, trace and cut out fabric pieces in each of the coordinating colors.  Do this until you have enough for your entire pennant (i.e. 10 yellow top pieces, 10 orange middle pieces and 10 bottom white pieces).  Then, using your uncut template, cut out backs for each candy corn.  I alternated between orange, yellow and white for the backs, just to make it interesting.

3.  Sew the three front pieces together, right sides together, pressing each seam open.

4.  Lay your back piece on top of the front (right sides together) and sew down each side (leave the top open).  Turn right sides out, poking the point out with a chopstick or pencil tip.  Press seams well.

5.  Using black double fold bias tape, sandwich the top of each pennant in between the folds of the tape, and top stitch all along the open edge of the tape.  I left about 4” of space between each candy corn.  Lastly, fold in the short raw ends of the bias tape and topstitch.

Voila!

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No- Sew Variation!

Same supplies as above plus:
pinking shears
fabric glue (No-Sew, Fabric Fusion or others found at any craft store)

**Follow instructions above through step #2.

3.   Fold the front tops of the middle and bottom pieces of each candy corn over 1/4” and press.  Using fabric glue, glue the folded down top edge onto the raw bottom edge of the piece above it (middle piece glued to top piece, bottom piece glued to middle piece).  OR just use felt and no need for folding or pinking shears!

4.  Run glue around the inside edges of finished front piece and attach back piece.

5.  Using pinking shears, cut around sides of each candy corn.

6.  Glue each candy corn to inside of double fold bias tape.

Done!

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Wondering what magnificent Halloween photo is in that frame?

Ok, you asked for it:

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A classic from the old glory days of college.  Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this wasn’t even ON Halloween…

A Silhouette Princess Shower

The BEST part about having a Silhouette Cameo machine is making gifts and throwing parties.  Baby showers to be exact (I’ve helped out with several this year…all my sisters are fertile women).  When my SIL Anna found out she was having a girl after three boys, I was giddy at the chance to go over the top with girly stuff.  We did this way back in the spring of this year but it would be criminal not to share details of a pink party.
Of course it had to have a princess theme.
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I thought about these invites forever and finally settled on this castle cutout in pink.  Then I added rhinestones to the the door and turrets and glued it onto the invite itself, printed on vellum (um, leftover from my wedding invitations…9 years ago.  Have I mentioned I’m unreasonably attached to craft supplies?)
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Part of her gift included this little metal magnet board I bought from Pick Your Plum a million years ago.  I decided to add baby’s name and this cute little bird in vinyl so that Anna could use it in the nursery to display pictures or whatever. 
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One of my favorite parts was these cupcakes.  My friend Laurie who makes AHmazing baked goods made them for me and then I wrapped them in these crown cupcake wrappers that are just supes fun.  This wrapping-cupcakes-in-cute-shapes thing is entirely new to me and I have to say – I like it.
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There were a few other fun pinky accessories and then I handed out little chocolates made from a crown mold (the mold was borrowed so no clue where it came from, but I’m thinking maybe Michael’s?).  They were ridiculously easy to make, even with 2 colors of chocolate.  I attached a “Happily Ever After” message to it and handed them out in a basket (pink, obv). 
For drinks at the party, I used waterproof sticker paper to add a label to bottles of berry lemonade.  I designed it in Silhouette’s software and then used the print and cut feature on the Cameo to print a Chevron background and words,  and then cut out this crown shape.
Overall it was all crazy fun to do and I got my girly party itch out (hmmm, that sounded kinda weird :/) just in time to have my baby boy.
I may need to sign up for a Silhouette-aholics group.  I just know they’re out there.