DIY Polka Dot Sneakers

How to paint sneakers

With the sun out and summer on the horizon, I just had to make some DIY Polka Dot Sneakers! They are so cheerful and happy.

I got the idea from some super cute shoes I saw online–  the brand is “Kate Spade for Keds” and the name of the model is “New York Champions.” They are totally adorable but with a retail price of $75, they area bit expensive for sneakers. Here’s what caught my fancy about this shoe:

Kate Spade Sneakers

I thought these sneeks were adorable with their loads of polka dots, contrasting colors and a solid stripe around the bottom of the shoe (which you can’t see in this photo). So I headed out to Payless Shoes to get a similar pair… for $14.99!

Kate Spade knock-off sneakers

DIY Polka Dot Sneakers

 Supplies: Canvas Shoes (Payless Shoes), DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint, Apple Barrel Paint a sponcer by Plaid, and masking tape (all available at Ben Frankin Crafts Redmond).

Create cute canvas sneakers with DecoArt and Apple Barrel paints
Step 1: Use masking tape to tape off a bottom and top section of the shoe.

Step 2: Paint a stripe on a contrasting color. After it dries, paint one more coat.

 How to paint sneakers

 Step 3: As the stripe is drying, use a sponcer dipped in white So Soft Fabric Paint to create polka dots on the shoe.

Create custom sneakers with fabric paint

Tips: It’s ok to place polka dots on the seams– it’s the same as the inspiration shoe.

Painted Canvas Sneakers

Step 4: Continue stamping dots around the shoe.

Painted canvas sneakers

Tip: It’s ok to let the polka dots go off the side of the shoe too.

Painted canvas sneakers

 Step 5: Carefully remove the masking tape around the bottom of the shoe.

Creating Kate Spade knock-off sneakers

 $75 Kate Spade Sneakers v. $22.26 DIY Polka Dot Sneakers

  DIY Polka Dot Sneakers











  1. says

    Your sneakers are adorably cute!!
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  2. says

    I never knew sponcers existed… off to shop!!! Great idea and I love the finished look.
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