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Monday, August 23, 2010

Pretty Canvas Shoes

Have you seen those commercials for Lelli Kelly shoes?  My daughter became fascinated with them when a certain kids channel started playing that awful commercial every 10 minutes.  So, out of curiosity, I looked them up online and nearly had a heart attack - those cute, sparkly, bedazzled shoes cost $70 or more!

I love my daughter, and those shoes do look really cute, but there is NO WAY I'm going to spend $70 on a pair of shoes for my 4 year old.  I don't buy myself $70 shoes.  So, I set off to craft some up myself!

I purchased a pair of plain canvas tennis shoes from Target.  I'm pretty sure I got them on sale for less than $10.


Then, I picked up some pretty sequins and small flowers to pretty up the shoes, creating our own, much less expensive version of Lelli Kellys. 

I tried a variety of adhesives to attach the sequins to the shoes, including a glue gun, Super Glue and household cement.  The glue gun didn't have a prayer - the sequins easily popped off, especially when bending the shoe to put it on.  The Super Glue worked well for adhering small sequins to the rubber toe of the shoe, but the sequins did the same popping off thing when adhered to the canvas part of the shoe with the Super Glue.  The household cement seemed to be working well.  Nothing popped off when putting the shoe on, but bumping into things (like climbing into the car seat) did cause us to lose a few sequins. 

My last attempt for today is E6000.  It's an industrial strength adhesive that is supposed to work great for just this type of application.  I'm letting things set up and we'll give the shoes a try outside later today, but I'm hoping this adhesive works a bit better.  I'll be sure to stop back with an update.

Although this project isn't officially finished, since I need to keep the sequins adhered, I still wanted to share the finished product.  I think they turned out really well and look so darn cute!  And, I'm happy to say, I spent a whopping $15 for these cuties!  The shoes were $8, large sequins $2.99, small sequins $1.99, and flowers $1.99.



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27 comments:

  1. A GREAT alternative to the ridiculous $70 price of the other option. They look super cute and I bet Keira loves them!

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  2. Love this idea! Saw it over on Made by you Mondays! I'm soooo doing this!
    www.jellybeanjunkyard.wordpress.com

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  3. these are so cute! thank you for linking up to MMM :)

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  4. Very cool! Awesome job Kimberly! I know your DD loved them!

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  5. LOVE them!!! :) going to bookmark this for a christmas gift for my 4 year old :)

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  6. Oh, how cute! Unfortunately, I don't think my son would appreciate them too much.

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  7. OMGosh! Love them! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  8. Love them!! They are super fabulous! You latest follower! Come by my blog I am having a giveaway.
    http://theautocrathaley.blogspot.com/2010/08/200-follower-giveaway.html

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  9. my daughter is 3 so i have a feeling i'll be looking for ideas like this one soon! Great Job Mom!

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  10. Really cute - can't wait to make some for my baby girl. And I totally hear you on saying no to the "brand name" price tag. I saw a pair of kid's boots for $110 yesterday. Seriously, we don't spend that on ourselves let alone a kid who will wreck them within 10 minutes!! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday.

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  11. Great embellishments! Stop by and link up to Make It Wear It if you'd like!

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  12. Thanks everyone - my daughter loves them! And a special thank you to all those great blogs listed above who gave me the opportunity to share our craftiness!

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  13. super duper cute! saw this on somewhat simple link. just darling, great job.

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  14. You are a favorite at this week's It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales! Thanks so much for sharing and grab an I ROCK! button to add some bling to your blog! Have a great weekend!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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  15. Tere, thanks so much! My first featured craft as a blogger - Woo Hoo!

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  16. You did a GREAT job knocking these off. Luckily my girls have been hearing the twinkle toes advertisements...they are much cheaper than these but if they do I will be making some knock offs =)

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  17. Oh, nice! Guess what I'll be making this week?

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  18. OMG sooo cute!!! My 4 & 5 year girls go nuts over the commercial for those shoes and I too looked them up and was like "omg!!! are they serious about $70 shoes they grow outta so fast!!!" this is a great idea!! so creative!!!

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  19. You have been featured at SSB!!! Check out your feature at the link below:

    http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com/2010/08/mad-skills-monday-link-party-23.html

    Feel free to snag my I Was Featured button to add to your blog! Thanks bunches!

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  20. Thanks again everyone! They were really easy to put together and so inexpensive to do (my favorite part!).

    Ginger, thanks a bunch! Yay, my second feature - I'm so giddy right now! :)

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  21. So cute! I've seen these before and need to make some for my daughter.

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  22. I can not believe they cost that much! My daughter wants some as well, I said I would look it up, (haven't yet but now know not to). I'm going to have to attempt your way and make them myself! Thanks for the info and idea!
    Hope to see more from you at Simpsonized Crafts and Then Some! :)

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  23. We are so glad you joined us for Anything Related! Come back tomorrow for another great party!

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  24. So darn cute! My daughter would love these!!!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi Kim!
    I have had this adorable post bookmarked for a couple of months now, and I really wanted to get back to it! We think its so adorable, and such a great idea that we would like to share this post over on our crafty blog. With your permission we will post this on 10/12/10.
    Email us if you would rather we not do the review.
    (I couldn't find a link or email address contact you about this).
    Amber @ Aunt Peg's
    Http://sistersallys.blogspot.com

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