Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tutorials: Upcycled Shoe Memo Holders

The theme this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog is ANYTHING GOES!  Since nothing was off limits, I decided to re-purpose these adorable little cardboard feet into some handy-dandy memo/photo holders.  


To make these, I started with some cardboard shoe/feet forms that some baby socks came on.  The ones I used were Converse brand.  All the forms I found were hollow and were either cardboard or plastic and you can find a box of them for a reasonable price at places like Ross or TJ Maxx.


Coat the shoes with Gesso or white acrylic paint.  If they're already white plastic, you get to skip this step.  Once the Gesso dries, cover your shoes with Washi tape.  Since Washi isn't known for sticking permanently to surfaces like this, I used a glue stick to tape down my Washi, especially in the places where it overlapped.


Once your shoes are covered with Washi, you can add some Distress Paint or acrylic paint to give it some opaque spots of color.  Here I've used some yellow paint to highlight certain areas:


Next you can add ink (I applied mine with sponges) to give your shoes some additional shades of color.  I used brown, black and orange ink.


The next step is to attach the wire that will poke out the top of your shoes to hold your memos.  I realized that I would have to anchor the wire to something stable on the inside of my shoe, so I decided to go with corks.  Using a needle, I poked a hole through each cork.


Then I used the same needle to poke a hole through the top of the shoe.  Thread a piece of wire through the cork and make a curl in the bottom so it won't pull through your cork.  Put some hot glue on the top of your cork, then pull the wire through the hole in your shoe so that the cork glues to the inside of the shoe with the long part of the wire poking out the top.  


Using pliers, twirl the long wire down into a squiggly curl (this will form the wire curl that will hold your memos or photos).


Once the wire part is done, you can finish off your shoes by adding other embellishments like flowers or words, which I adhered with hot glue.


Your shoes are now ready to hold any little scraps your heart desires!  These would be so fun to personalize and would also make great place card holders for a dinner party (for those of you admirable people out there who cook)!

Washi is truly a wonderful material.  Here are the tapes I used, along with other supplies that you can get at Simon Says Stamp:



 
With a theme of Anything Goes, there's no reason NOT to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/

21 comments:

  1. These are just way too cute! Loved seeing how you created them as I was wondering where you got those adorable little shoes. I love this idea! Beautiful!

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  2. These are just so adorable Andrea, I adore the vibrant colours and I love the idea. Hugs. Tracy x

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  3. These are so cute! What an awesome idea:)

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  4. Adorable shoe memos! I love how creative you are! :)


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  5. Super cute and creative! Love the vibrant colors and pretty blossoms!

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  6. what a creative idea. i have never seen card board shoes like that. how fun and imaginative you are.

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  7. Wow! Fabulous idea! Just to think I've been throwing these away! You are soo creative! Thanks a lot for your amazing inspiration!

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  8. oh these are so original Andrea!!! :)

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  9. Great upcycle idea! Now kicking myself because I just put a pair of those in the recycling two days ago!!! Thanks so much for sharing so I know what to do with them next time!!!

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  10. Oh, this is such a fun and creative project, Andrea. Love how you use those cute washi tapes. Wish you happy holidays. :)

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  11. What a wonderful idea and I love your way of thinking, Andrea!! These are just so cute and once again, you've blown me away ~ stunning!

    Happy Holidays to you and your family... :)

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  12. I would look at those shoes and wonder what on earth they're good for... and then I look at this and think, "well, of course"! Inspired as always, cute as a button - fabulous inspiration!
    Wishing you and yours a peaceful and joyous festive season.
    Alison xx

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  13. Wow, this is such an awesome idea! now I will need to have DS save them for me and send them to CA... AWESOME inspiration, adorable. Wishing you and yours all the best Holidays.

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  14. Oh, Andrea! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these little gems. They are adorable and artistic at the same time. Such treasures!
    You've got me looking at things in a whole new way. While Christmas shopping this past week, I popped over the baby section and started examining little shoes and socks. Completely freaked out my husband. ;)
    I have loved seeing your projects each week. Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  15. I LOVE your little feet, so sweet. I have never seen them over here, so it's goof to see something new. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, Valerie

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  16. Oh wow! these are amazing. Total genius to use the shoes like that.
    I've never seen them before.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a lovely comment.
    Merry Christmas. Caroline xxx

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  17. These are so clever and adorable, Andrea!

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  18. I am back to wish you a very merry Christmas to you and yours! Happy & Blessed New Year!

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  19. Oh my gosh how creative! I love these. And what a fun way to use all the beautiful washi tapes.

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  20. You are one of the most creative person on the earth! Amazing project! BArbarayaya

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