shannon: December 2012 Archives
I've been seeing a lot items made of pretty lace and doilies lately, then happened to stumble upon this great tutorial on Makezine.com and immediately was inspired to re-purpose an old pair of shoes for holiday parties and events!
All you need is some 10" ecru doilies, a bottle of Mod Podge, and a craft paint brush. Don't whip out your grandmother's heirloom doilies or the lace crochet skills! There are several websites, such as eBay.com or Amazon.com that offer doilies at a very reasonable price. I followed the tutorial and viola: awesome re-purposed shoes! I love them. The project took me about 2 hours, not including drying time. Cutting the doilies and piecing them together on the shoe takes quite a bit of time. I did not use clothes pins, as the tutorial states, which I do regret. My shoes are suede, so they have a little resistance to stick. Clothespins would have been very helpful. Allow 24 hours to dry.
I make a point not to wear them in the rain. But then again, who doesn't have shoes that are not to be worn in the rain? So, I'm okay with it. In hindsight, I wish I had bought 6 doilies. You really need 3 doilies per shoe to maximize the round crocheted laced designs- because the centers are the coolest. The more doilies the better, in regards to all things....