Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups!
Oh, uh oh, you’re changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
– 1234, Feist
It’s a Feist kind of day and no one is going to stop me. Instead, listen to her soothing voice as you create! And work! Or take a nap. It’s kinda good for everything!
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Let’s talk about the Care Bears shall we? So… I, along with many of you grew up on them and are probably now introducing the brand to all of your littles. But not the new CGI ones. Those were an abomination and should never be talked about again. I’m talking about the OG, hand drawn Care Bears. My favorite one was Care Bears in Wonderland. I have no idea why, but those were some seriously good times. Scared to admit you’re a Care Bears fan? Feel like others will tell you they’re “too kiddie”? Just own it! Do you really care what someone else is gonna say?
Okay now that we’re feeling all nostalgic, let me introduce you guys to today’s DIY. Yep, you too can have your favorite bear with you wherever you go! For these painted Care Bears shoes I used Grumpy Bear (because even though he was Grumpy, he was still pretty awesome) and Cheer Bear… because… Cheer Bear? And rainbows!
This project was pretty cheap to do, I found the blue shoes at Walmart on sale for $3! $3 you guys! I nearly filled my cart! But I decided against it because I am a responsible adult (sometimes).
DIY Painted Care Bears Shoes
Time: 1 hour
Nostalgia level: 10!
To begin, gently clean the front of each shoe with water in the area you will be painting. Allow to dry.
Use a white colored pencil or galaxy marker to outline the shape for each Care Bear “tummy”. It’s essentially a circle with a tuft at the top.
Mix white paint with a bit of fabric medium and fill in each circle with a thin layer of paint. Allow to dry and add one more layer to create an opaque circle.
Once the white layer is dry – give it about 15-20 minutes – go in to paint the design.
For Grumpy Bear:
Paint the cloud first, then the rain drops. Once those are dry, go in with a tiny brush in red to draw “v”s. They come out looking like hearts so there’s less chance of them being too big. You’ll need to draw 3 on each “tummy”
For Cheer Bear:
Start by painting a thin slightly arced stripe of blue about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Allow 5 minutes to dry. Then paint stripes of green, yellow and red (from bottom to top) in the same method.
Paint a tiny heart on the outside heel of each shoe (because all Care Bears have those cute heart butt tag things) in red.
Allow to fully cure for 24 hours then use an iron and a piece of scrap fabric to heat set each design.
And well… you’re done! Let your 80’s baby flag fly! You are awesome and if you love it… you should wear it!
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