star spangled 4th of july shoes
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My boys love to dress up for the holidays, and wearing red, white and blue gear for the 4th of July is one of their favorite themes. My oldest son is really into bright and funky sneakers, so I gave a pair of his plain canvas shoes a festive star spangled makeover using Elmer’s Painters paint markers.

DIY Star Spangled 4th of July Shoes

Blank White Canvas Shoes
Making DIY 4th of July Shoes with Elmers Painters

What I Used:

I started by carefully outlining the area to be filled using the red fine tip Painters marker, and then I filled in the space using the medium tip Painters marker. The paint marker lays down a layer of opaque paint in a really smooth finish, but the canvas has a tendency to suck up a lot of paint, so a second coat may be necessary in some areas.

Stenciled Star Shoes for 4th of July

After I allowed the red paint to dry, I placed the stencil on the front section of the shoe, and used a pencil to lightly outline a pattern of stars.

DIY Star Spangled 4th of July Shoes

I used the blue fine tip Painters marker to outline each star and cover over the pencil marks.

DIY Red White and Blue Sneakers

Next, I carefully outlined the entire area to be filled, and colored it in with the medium tip blue Painters marker. It felt sort of like a big coloring book, and I found it surprisingly relaxing to fill all of that empty space with paint!

DIY 4th of July Shoes

I finished the shoes by painting the top trim with the red ultra fine tip Painters marker and giving them a quick coat of spray sealer (for extra protection since my son is ultra hard on his shoes!).

star spangled 4th of july shoes
DIY 4th of July Shoes with Elmers Painters
DIY Red White and Blue Shoes

This guy loves his awesome new shoes, and he’s ready for 4th of July! I would totally consider borrowing these from him, but his feet are already much bigger than mine…and he’s only 9!

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DIY Patriotic Shoes for the 4th of July 1

I had so much fun making these patriotic star spangled shoes for the 4th of July that I just HAD to pick up a pair of shoes that I could make over for myself, too!

Women's White Canvas Wedges Shoes

I picked up these cute white canvas wedges while I was out shopping the other day, and I’m giving them an Elmer’s Painters makeover as well. Follow me on Instagram to see the final results once they’re finished!

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DIY Star Spangled Shoes 4th of July Craft
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