DIY ankle boots20.04.2013
It’s been a while since I had a project on here so today I bring you a tutorial on DIY ankle boots! You’ve already seen a sneak peek of these in my “Whites” post. The boots came out so well that I just had to make a quick DIY post. It’s really a wonder what a pair of old, rarely worn boots, scissors, paint and a bit of imagination can do. You can easily find all of the ingredients and make yourself a pair of trendy footwear for SS13. Since these were white, I didn’t want to mess around too much so I just went with that shade. You can pick whatever color you wish, maybe even statement neon yellow? The transparent part is optional too. I thought it goes so well with snow white so I used a piece of transparent foil (you can get it in art supply or crafting stores). Let loose and toy around with the idea: maybe use a printed fabric, silver or gold foil, neoprene? The choice is always yours, that’s what I love about these DIYs the most. You get the idea, but are free to do everything according to your liking!
As for the process, I removed the buckles and cut off the top part of the boot. Be sure to unzip them before the cut or you won’t be able to zip the boots afterwards! Secure the cut off ends with a bit of silicone glue or a thick thread so that the zipper won’t slide off. For the heel, I used white acrylic paint to cover up the ugly brown color as much as possible. Then it was all spray paint. Since mine were white and I wanted them to stay white, I needed just one coat. You might need two or three if you choose a different color. Be sure to let them dry between each layer of paint. When done, put them in a well ventilated area for a good dry overnight. Then you’re pretty much done. You can add foils, fabrics, chains, studs… I like my footwear as simple as possible so I just added transparent foil.
Et voila! You have brand new booties for spring without breaking the bank or cluttering your shoe cabinet. Recycling is indeed my favorite sport!
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