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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. too fun Malia!!! I love polka dots!
    have a beautiful Tuesday!!
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  2. Those are absolutely adorable, Malia! I’m a sucker for polka dots!
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  3. Your sneakers are adorably cute!!
    Paula@SweetPea recently posted…DIY Lounge Chair CoverMy Profile

  4. Love these, Malia! The dots are fun… and I can love how your version has a little more color than your inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} this week!
    Shannon at MadiganMade recently posted…Link up to Project Inspire{d}!My Profile

  5. These are awesome!!I too love the Kate Spade shoes, but they are a lot for just occassionaly wearing… Can’t wait to make these for myself and my daughter :) thank you for posting.
    michelle @ michelle lea designs recently posted…Adorable Mini-Book TutorialMy Profile

  6. These are TOOOOO CUTE!!!! Pining right now!!
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  7. I luv anything polkadot. My girls will love this project. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Those are super cute! I will have to try some for me!! I found you over at Ginger Snap Crafts

  9. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!
    Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts recently posted…Showing Off – Reader FeatureMy Profile

  10. Love, love, love these sneakers! What a fabulous idea… pinning this one!
    Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles recently posted…How To Etch Glass: Lace Design on Glass PaperweightMy Profile

  11. These are adorable! I did a canvas shoe upcycle not long ago by making Pikachu shoes :)

  12. Super cute, I love polka dots!
    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Two Girls and a Party
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!
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  13. I so needed these for a Mickey Mouse birthday I threw last week. How adorable!!! I pinned it to my Mickey Pinterest board. :)

    Oh, and pretty please share this on a link party that I host with 4 other blogs called Moonlight & Mason Jars.

    Jenn Pilgrim
    The Newlywed Pilgrimage
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  14. These are so fun Malia!!!! Great summer time shoe :)

  15. I never knew sponcers existed… off to shop!!! Great idea and I love the finished look.
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  16. Adorable Malia! Great tutorial – pinned it!
    Heather recently posted…Bedroom Decor Inspiration // Curated Collection for Crane & CanopyMy Profile

  17. These turned out adorable!! I actually have all these supplies sitting in my office to make a pair next week – I love the colors you chose!
    Thanks so much for linking up this week! I featured your post in my wrap up!
    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!
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  18. very cute and CHEAP! love how they were only around $21!

  19. These are adorable!! I love how they turned out!

  20. So cute, and such an easy transformation too!
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  21. Soooo Super cute Malia! I love them!
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  22. So Cute !!!!
    This is such an awesome DIY project! I actually recommended this on my blog with other 9 DIYs :


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