Friday, February 17, 2012

Shine On...

I posted this photo below earlier today as the photo-of-the-day...

Those are my favorite, worn out TOMS.  I adore(d) them.  They definitely got their money's worth of wear.  And needless to say, they were due in for an upgrade...I just couldn't bear the thought of parting with them.

So I set to work.  First, I stitched up the holes in the toes.  Then it was time for a good bath and scrub (hand-washed in soap and warm water...the more natural the better...but I used what I had on hand). Then they were set out to dry completely.  I taped off the soles with gift-wrapping tape.  Ideally you should use painter's tape, or something that peels off easily, but again, I used what I had on hand.

Then I decided on glitter.  I had seen several tutorials around the webs at large for glitter shoes...this one being the best.  (Martha Stewart also has a good tutorial).

I mixed my glitter with my mod podge and set to work.  It took about 4 good coats for me to be satisfied with the coverage.  I let the shoes dry about 20 minutes in between coats.  Once they were dry, I put a final coat of indoor/outdoor varnish on them to create a seal of sorts.

I'm quite pleased with how they turned out!

And now it's time for warmer weather so I can put these "new" shoes to use (this snow just isn't TOMS-wearing weather, ya know?!)

I didn't find any links out there for other glitter TOMS renovations (probably because they actually sale a pair of glitters ones already), but here is a little round-up of some other TOMS renovations I found were well-done...

Flower Fabric TOMS
A store with custom designs
I think these are very creative
And if you're going for the really worn look...these will do

Ah, fun stuff...maybe now I need to make a matching pair for Elise :)


  1. My dear daughter, you never cease to amaze me...

  2. they look awesome, char! way to reuse and repurpose!

  3. love it Charity! they look great!

  4. Fun! Sparkly!! Ellie does need some and then on a warm day, you two need to go take pics and sparkle in the sunshine together :)

  5. love them! they look awesome! I had no idea you could do something like that but I will certainly be keeping it in mind!


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