Monday, April 15, 2013

((handmade monday)) kate spade inspired ballet flats



Let's talk Kate Spade. When I think Kate Spade I think: classy, staples, stripes.  In her most recent collection, Saturday, Kate came out with these adorable flats. I loved them, but I wouldn't spend that much on a pair of shoes on a whim ((or ever, really)) and I also wasn't crazy about the change in direction of the stripes. I have somewhat large feet for a small statured gal ((size 9 and I'm 5'4 on a good day)), so the stripes on the toe wouldn't do me any favors, I'm sure. I decided to get creative & make some myself, so I went to Target to pick up some cheapo flats, busted out the fabric paint, tape, and a sponge brush and got my DIY on

Here's a quick tutorial for you to make your own Kate Spade inspired striped ballet flats. 


I paired mine with some polka dot ankle pants for a little pattern play, but these would be so great to dress up a plain white tee & dark denim. I mean, with a red lip and top knot? MAJ.

Sorry. I've been watching too much Rachel Zoe.



((TIPS))
-Regular scotch tape seemed to rip off some of the black on the shoe, so I switched to washi tape. It still did it, but not as badly. Besides, I like that it made them distressed looking, since the painted stripes look that way too.
-I dabbed the first layer of paint and then brushed the second layer. This made for better coverage, in my opinion.
-Peel away the tape when the paint is still wet so you can touch up messy spots easier. 



love.

18 comments:

  1. love those polka dot pants ((and this tutorial!!))

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  2. Where did you find your flats? I am definitely going to try this!
    Thanks!

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  3. Oh goodness. You already answered my question in your post! Thank you! =)

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  5. Fabric paint on fabric material shoes? Or were they faux leather shoes? I'm wondering if this could work for rain boots too?? Croc boots + fabric paint? Would it stick??

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  6. Fabric paint on fabric material shoes? Or were they faux leather shoes? I'm wondering if this could work for rain boots too?? Croc boots + fabric paint? Would it stick??

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  7. Fabric paint on fabric material shoes? Or were they faux leather shoes? I'm wondering if this could work for rain boots too?? Croc boots + fabric paint? Would it stick??

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    1. I would maybe go for a paint pen on rubber. Fabric paint would probably end up peeling off boots.

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    2. Thanks Kim! Im for sure going to try it! Also: why did my comment post a million times? Sorry!!

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  8. Ok, HOW CUTE IT THAT? I love this!! I need to make them now! Thanks for the inspiration! :)
    -Bridgette
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com

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  9. Such a great DIY! I am obsessed with stripes and have lots of random flats floating about! I think I have my weekend project :)

    thanks!
    brenna

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  10. I am obsessed with stripes and these are darling! Thanks so much for sharing with the Kate Spade Style Soiree!

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  11. I think anybody that does the shoes as you did should definitely wear polka dot pants with them. Really makes an awesome outfit. I'm not being nasty, I really think it's so darned adorable.
    Ah to be young and be able to wear cute things. Cute for old people is very limited and then you have to ignore alot of snickers.
    Adorable project, sure glad I found this KS round. Happy Days

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  12. Super cute! I would never think to paint shoes! Love the kate look! Pinning! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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