How to Decoupage Converse Shoes


Canvas Converse shoes, like most canvas shoes, are durable, but small tears, broken threads and stains can diminish their appearance long before their life is over. Decoupaging your Converse shoes can cover up imperfections, strengthen the canvas and add flair. Make your own personal fashion statement by decoupaging your canvas shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Low-tack painter's tape
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage glue
  • 1/2-inch to 1-inch paintbrush
  • Fabric or paper scraps
  • Remove the laces from the Converse shoes. If the shoes are dirty, run them through the washing machine or hand-wash in a sink. Let the shoes dry.

  • Cover any part of the Converse shoe that is not canvas with low-tack painter's tape. Use a craft knife to carefully trim any excess tape so that the tape completely covers any plastic or shoelace eyes but does not cover any of the canvas.

  • Cut out pieces of the material, usually fabric or paper scraps, you wish to decoupage. Cut small pieces for a mosaic effect, or use large pieces cut to the size of an entire panel of the shoe for a more continuous design.

  • Pour a small amount of fabric decoupage glue into a disposable bowl. Add more glue as necessary. Work with small amounts of glue so that you do not waste it.

  • Use a 1/2-inch to 1-inch paintbrush to paint a layer of glue onto the canvas of the Converse shoe.

  • Adhere the pieces of fabric or paper to the layer of glue. Try to place them where they need to be; you can shift them slightly but you run the risk of wrinkling or tearing your material. Work on one panel at a time for best results.

  • Use the paintbrush to apply a second layer of decoupage glue over the paper or fabric pieces. Soak the pieces thoroughly, and pay special attention to any areas where pieces overlap.

  • Allow the glue to dry for 72 hours, and then remove the painter's tape. Replace the laces and wear your custom Converse shoes.

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