To say that I’m a bit in love with these shoes is an understatement. I’ve had them just sitting in my closet waiting for the perfect project to come along and well, this is it…. for now.
You guys, I’m not a shoe person by any means. I literally have like 3-4 pairs that I wear until they fall apart then bemoan the fact that I have to go find another pair. Yes folks, life is rough. (can you sense my sarcasm?)
BUT back to these super cute watermelon shoes. Aren’t they cute?!? They take about 15 minutes to make and then you’re out in the sunshine showing off your love for the best summer fruit ever!
Time: 30 min or less + dry time
Cost: Under $20
Cuteness level: Conservatively an 8
DIY Stamped Watermelon Shoes
Pair of white slip on shoes – I got mine at Rite Aid, but you can get some here.
Candy pink/Shamrock green acrylic paint
Martha Stewart Fabric Medium
Paper plates or disposable bowls
sharpie or black paint
1 medium and 1 fine paint brush
Start by cutting a triangle into your potato. The best way to do this is to slice the end off, then cut the shape of the size you want into the large side of the potato. I left the rounded edge for the rind. Then use your paring knife and cut around the edge up to your triangle slices then remove your extra potato.
Mix your paint.
Because I wanted a more “watercolor” effect on these, I mixed equal parts fabric medium and paint on paper plates. This gave me a thinner paint, but still did the trick. If you want it lighter, mix in more fabric medium, if you want a darker/thicker color, use less.
Stamp your shoes.
Use a paper towel to soak up extra potato juice. You want a (mostly) dry potato to start with. Then use the medium paint brush to brush the paint onto your potato then let the extra drip off. I found that I too much paint on if I dipped straight into the paint.
Paint your rind.
Grab your green paint and your small brush and paint a thin line about 1 cm from the rounded edge of your triangle. Do this for all triangles.
Sharpie or paint your seeds.
If you’re using undiluted paint you’re going to need to wait a while until your slices are dry, but if you’re using the diluted paint, you should be okay to go right ahead and paint your seeds. I used a black paint, but you can also use a sharpie for small tear drop shapes or lines.
Let your DIY Watermelon shoes dry and you’re ready to celebrate summer in style!