This is one of my favorite projects ever. I’ve always been into mixed media art and collaging, but usually work with boards or canvas. I got the idea from Pinterest to decoupage a pair of platform heels and I am in LOVE with them. You can totally do these yourself – the “how to” is the easy part, having to cover two whole shoes is the time consuming part! I took a comic book, cut the parts I wanted to use into tiny pieces using a razor blade, and used Mod Podge to apply them to the shoe. It took me a few weeks to complete them – I worked on them for a few hours here and there when I had time - it was well worth the labor.
I used a Spiderman comic for this project – he is Greg’s favorite superhero and happened to be red like my shoes. Match made in heaven. Greg suggested I do a Good and an Evil shoe which I thought was an awesome idea. I did one shoe that was mostly Spiderman themed, and the other that was Doctor Octopus, Spiderman’s nemesis. Let’s begin, here’s what you’ll need:
-Something to cut with – razor blade, x acto knife or scissors
-Mod Podge (original)
-A pair of old shoes (or buy a cheap pair)
OK you ready? Let’s go…
1. Flip through the comic book to get inspiration for your shoes. Are you going for a certain color scheme? Do any words or images jump out at you? Start cutting out and collecting images.
2. Once you’ve collected enough material to work with, cut the images into smaller pieces. For large images, cut them into long strips. The reason for this, is large images tend to crease or bubble. By cutting a large image into a few smaller parts, it will bend and adhere better to the curves of the shoe.
3. Take your paintbrush and use Mod Podge on an area of the shoe. Place the comic book image onto the Mod Podged area. Paint over the image with Mod Podge to seal it into place. That’s all there is to it guys! Just do this step about oh, 1,000 more times ha! Try to overlap the images – you want to cover as much of the shoe as possible.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire shoe is covered. Remember to keep painting over the image with Mod Podge so it stays in place. The Mod Podge will dry clear. If you accidentally apply to much Mod Podge, don’t worry – just wipe off excess with a paper towel before it dries.
5. When both shoes are covered, paint them all over with Mod Podge and let sit over night. The photos I’ve taken have about 3 layers of Mod Podge on them, I think I might do one more. If you plan on wearing them (and WHY wouldn’t you?!) you might want to buy an acrylic sealant to finish them off so they don’t get damaged. I am considering this as well.
Here are more photos from different angles! I put some tips and tricks at the bottom also. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
-When painting over an applied image with Mod Podge, make sure you can actually see the image. If the Mod Podge looks milky or too thick, wipe some off with a paper towel.
-You certainly don’t need to have all of your images cut out in the beginning. Just enough to get you started. When I got tired of gluing, I would sit back and flip through the comic book to find more images to cut up.
-I used a razor blade instead of scissors for this project. It might have been more time consuming, but when cutting out intricate or small images, scissors sometimes don’t get the job done. An x acto knife would work too.
-I didn’t want any part of my actual shoe showing. I cut out some background images and cut them into small pieces. If there was a little bit of the shoe peaking out, I put a small piece on top to cover it. The overlap effect is what makes these look textured and cool!
-If you don’t like how a certain part of the shoe turns out, just layer right over it with other images! -I chose not to decoupage the heels or the platforms on my shoes – this part is totally up to you!
Thanks for reading!