How to Jazz Up your Old Shoes and Be an Artsy Thrifty Diva

DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes
Because spending for new one is over-rated.



Have you ever wonder what will you do to your old stuffs but throwing it away is not your first option?

Yeah, talking about being emotional and sentimental to things we’ve been keeping for awhile :D




But that’s okay…




Being sentimental is NORMAL! It means you value these things, and letting it go is sometimes even tough (yeah I know right).


So I’m teaching you how you can keep your things, and giving it a new life!


One way of making things look-new is to decoupage it.






With the help of your old magazines, a pair of scissors, and paste / glue – you can dress-up anything that you like. You can decoupage your bag, your old accessories boxes, your dull wooden cabinet, and even your shoes! Yeah just like mine :D


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


I’ve been using and keeping these shoes for (I guess 5 years) and recently I noticed that is it really worn out. That top ribbon design is detached and just fixing it isn’t enough for me. I mean, these pairs have been servicing me for years, and I believe it is time to make some chances.

Just like you, it is kind of tough for me to just these go coz, it was a gift for me from someone very special. Though the shoes are not expensive, my relationship with my shoes and the person who gave these can’t be bought by any amount.

Anyway, apart from the detached ribbon, soles are still okay and in good form. So I decided to unleash my crafting skills and give it a new look.




Okay so here are the materials I’ve used:


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


* my pairs of old shoes (yeah I know it’s reaaalllllyy worn out)

* paint brush

* pages of old magazines (Ohh hello there Olivia and Blake!)

* Mod Podge

* and of course a pair of scissors for cutting magazine pages.

Okay let’s get started!


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


After cleaning these shoes and removed those ribbons, I started applying the Mod Podge on its surface. You can use Elmer’s glue as substitute to Mod Podge.


Cut those papers in any shapes and sizes, there is no limit, girls :D


Now time to paste these cut-out papers!



My goal is to cover-up the whole surface. To make shoes kind of interesting, I opt these colored magazine pages in shades of pink (well it was too late I realized it turned-out to be soo girly!)



DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


You can decide on any themes that you like. There is NO LIMIT, only your imagination.


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


The reality of crafting is, you have to be messy in order to create something WOW!

I don’t know how some of you doing it without making a mess of your work area, hahaha


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


After pasting these colored magazine pages on the whole surface, I’ve brushed some Mod Podge on whole top of it. This is to secure the papers together, and when it dries it gives a lustrous shine :D

Let it dry for an hour, then reapply then next coat… I did this for 4 times to make sure it holds.


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


See I’m a mess!


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes




Do the same procedures using the other shoe :D

When both shoes are all dry and set, I’ve attached the ribbon on its original place using E6000 glue.

As you’ve noticed, both inner soles are damaged – so I took some scraps of pink fabric (leftovers from my previous DIY project) then I’d traced the inside. After tracing, I cut it and pasted it, again using E6000 coz it hold more strong with fabrics.




… And Voila!

DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes



DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes

hahaha I also decoupage myself, shhhhh!


DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes

DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes

DIY decoupage shoes, upcycling shoes, how to recycle your shoes


I couldn’t contain my excitement!

Now I have a new shoes and I’ve soo proud of it, I’m gonna wear it to my next public events :D


OMG, my crafting skills are killing it, I want to make MORE!


I’m an Artsy Thrifty Diva!



I will share to you more crafting and decoupage (shoes or bags or whatever) soon.

What do you think of my creation? If you have any suggestions, comments or wanna share your crafts here, just message us below.


xoxo, Blair




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30 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. What a wonderful idea to refurbish your shoes! I am going to try these with my cowgirl boots.

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    1. Hahaha thanks! This is perfect for any dressing-up and as part of your costume. I'm thinking of using this Halloween!

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  2. These are so pretty! I love the look--I basically stick to my sneakers, but my daughter is more of a shoe person and would love these.

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    1. Also a great way to give another life for your old shoes. Especially if the soles and heels are still in good condition.

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  3. They look amazing! You did such a good job! I don't think mine would look that good if I tried!
    Kyla
    wanderlustkyla.com

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  4. Omg that's some talent I'm so not artsy :( and wish so much I was lol the shoes came out phenomenal BTW:)

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    1. Thank you Kay.

      It also saves me from buying shoes for my event costumes :D

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  5. Your creativity is off the charts with these shoes! I would never be able to think is such a cool way to jazz up old shoes. I think I have a pair that could use something like this. I love it!

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    1. Thank you Julie!

      You can decoupage your old shoes and make it as a vase of home décor, and make your guest awe!

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  6. Girl these are on point like wow, I am loving this genius idea

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  7. Wow! Now that's an idea. My brain is now running to the craft store.

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    1. Hahaha thank you dear! Craft Stores are heaven to me :)

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  8. How fun! This is such a great idea when shoes look all ratty and worn! I will need to remember these tricks!

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    1. You can also jazz up your old shoes and make it as your coffee table centerpiece!

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  9. What a cool idea! They look like they would make a great conversation starter as well. How do they hold up in water?

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    1. Ohh no no, can't hold up of course as this is just wrapped in paper :D

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  10. I think they are so fun. Who would have thought they would turn out so cute. I love it. MMM hhh.

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    1. Thank you Valerie! It is also a fun activity for kids.

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  11. I would never even think about doing this. Such a great idea!

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  12. Oh how cool is this! I have never jazzed up my old shoes or any shoes. This is lovely and you did it so well. I might have to try it out on a few shoes to get it right, LOL.

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  13. You did an amazing job! Extremely impressive. I've never used that adhesive product but it's great to see what it can do. I've got some ideas popping up now!

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    1. Thank you CJ,

      You can also apply the same technique with old bags and boxes.

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  14. OMG! Really! This is possible?
    You seem to be having magic in your hands!
    Brilliant idea.

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    1. Hello Indrani, yes it is possible! You can do this to your old leather bag, to jazz up your old bottles and turn it to cool vases, etc. Decoupage is a thing!

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  15. Oh my god! You are a Goddess! What a wonderful DIY ♥ ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ

    * Le blog de la Licorne *
    * G I V E A W A Y *

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    1. OMG Thank you Gabrielle! I just very curious with hand crafting and its my favorite hobby :D

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