Make some manga shoes

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My new favorite shoes.

To be completely fair I got this idea from NEO magazine, which I was flipping though at Barnes and Noble. They only gave the entire DIY two paragraphs and a picture though, so I figured I was doing something little to benefit society as a whole by posting this.

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The “before” picture…

Materials:

  • Mod Podge
  • Shoes that you are willing to sacrifice to art
  • Hot glue gun (not necessarily needed, but it’ll make life easier.)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • A MANGA!! If you’re not “clued in” to the world of manga, it’s basically a Japanese comic that’s beautiful and emotional and just awesome. If you want to read them I recommend Mars as the absolute best series ever. (Rei Kashino ❤ ❤ <3) If you want to glue them onto shoes, it doesn’t really matter. You can buy them basically anywhere that you can buy books. I got this one (Fruits Basket, vol. 2) at a used book store for two bucks.
  • If you don’t like manga, you can do other things as well: comic books, antique books, sheet music, pictures from the internet, basically anything you can stick on a shoe. But manga’s pretty cool, you have to admit.
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Ain’t it pretty?

You’re now ready to cover your shoes in awesome.

Steps:

  1. Cut out as many pictures as you can. Find ones that really mean something to you.Image
  2. Tape the pictures onto the shoe,  (by making a little loop of tape and sticking it to the back of the picture) to get a feel for where you want everything. You can go straight to gluing, but I like to play around with themes and stuff, and tape allows you to take your time and nitpick. Remember that you are putting flat pictures on a rounded surface- you might have to play around with this a bit so you don’t get all crinkly. Smaller pictures work better on more rounded areas like the toes.

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3. Now you can start gluing on everything. I like to leave the tape on the picture and glue around it, but you can do what you want. Don’t get upset if something doesn’t work out, just peel it off and glue something else over it!

Remember: If you used a shoe like mine that stretches out when you put it on your feet, you should probably stretch out the shoes while you glue on the images or they will crack when you try to wear them.

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She’s so sad that the paper cracked.

4. Slather them in mod podge, and you’re ready to go!

And just remember:

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I’m so proud of my babies!

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Looks so pretty with theroses!

I hope you can try this. I’ll be making tons of these, you can rest assured.

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