I’m trying to let my kids express their personalities more often through their outfits, so today we’re showing you how to custom paint shoes with your kids (or for yourself)! It’s a fun project you’ll all want to do.

Today we’re teaching you how to custom paint shoes!

I have a really fun project for you today! We’ve teamed up with Rack Room Shoes to show you how to custom paint shoes for yourself or your kids.

My kids have really been exploring their own style in the last few months, and while I’m always so tempted to control what they wear (I think all moms are guilty of that), I’m trying to let the reigns go a little bit and let them express themselves.

A really fun way to do this, without all the crazy clothes with logos and characters is to paint custom shoes for your kids!

We started with our white Vans from Rack Room Shoes

Every kid needs some simple sneakers for spring and summer, so we got these basic WHITE VANS from Rack Room Shoes (my go-to for my kids’ shoes — they always have the best brands and amazing deals!), and we decided to custom paint them to reflect each of the boys’ personalities.

The boys each decided on their designs and the placement of each thing around their shoes, and then they Googled images to guide us through the artwork. Check out how amazing they turned out.

These are the designs each of us chose for our custom painted shoes

B chose Pokemon characters, a golf green, a piano keyboard, math symbols, and his name across the back.

Fos chose more Pokemon characters, a basketball and a football, some Star Wars characters, and a piano keyboard.

San was really insistent on an ocean shoe, so we painted a really fun underwater ocean scene with fish and other sea creatures, and then he went to work on his other shoe and painted it a gorgeous abstract style with similar colors to the ocean shoe. I love how they go together!!

For my shoes, I kept things simple with a tan base and a spotted print, then wrote my initials on the back.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: 

  • White canvas sneakers (You can shop the boys Vans sneakers RIGHT HERE, and my sneakers RIGHT HERE)
  • Acrylic paint, paint pens, or puff paint
  • Acrylic Mod Podge

How to custom paint shoes

Step 1. Start white clean shoes.

Step 2. Use a pencil to sketch out your designs on your shoes.

Step 3. Use acrylic paint, puff paint, or paint pens to paint your designs. Let them completely dry.

Step 4. Seal the paint with Mod Podge. You can paint it on or use the spray Mod Podge here (if you spray, fill the shoe with paper towels so the sealer doesn’t get inside the shoe). Let them completely dry.

So easy! Now go make your kids or yourself some fun custom shoes and let their personality show!

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How to Custom Paint Shoes With Your Kids

vans painted sneakers boys

I’m trying to let my kids express their personalities more often through their outfits, so today we’re showing you how to custom paint shoes with your kids (or for yourself)! It’s a fun project that’s perfect for summer break!

 

Today we’re teaching you how to custom paint shoes!

I have a really fun project for you today! We’ve teamed up with Rack Room Shoes to show you how to custom paint shoes for yourself or your kids.

My kids have really been exploring their own style in the last few months, and while I’m always so tempted to control what they wear (I think all moms are guilty of that), I’m trying to let the reigns go a little bit and let them express themselves.

A really fun way to do this, without all the crazy clothes with logos and characters is to paint custom shoes for your kids!

This is a really fun summer project that your kids will love.

 

custom painted sneakers
leopard vans diy

We started with our white Vans from Rack Room Shoes

Every kid needs some simple sneakers for spring and summer, so we got these basic WHITE VANS from Rack Room Shoes. They’re the perfect everyday shoes for kids that are comfy and stylish, and they made a perfect blank canvas for our project. I got THESE SLIP ONS.

Rack Room Shoes has so many good deals on my favorite brands of shoes, and they’ve been my go-to for my kids’ shoes for years. They even have Buy One Get One 50% off* on a variety of select styles on name brand shoes (*exclusions apply)!

Our goal with painting the shoes was to create little reflections of their personalities.

The boys each decided on their designs and the placement of each thing around their shoes, and then they Googled images to guide us through the artwork. Check out how amazing they turned out.

hand painted vans sneakers

These are the designs each of us chose for our custom painted shoes

B chose Pokemon characters, a golf green, a piano keyboard, math symbols, and his name across the back.

Fos chose more Pokemon characters, a basketball and a football, some Star Wars characters, and a piano keyboard.

San was really insistent on an ocean shoe, so we painted a really fun underwater ocean scene with fish and other sea creatures, and then he went to work on his other shoe and painted it a gorgeous abstract style with similar colors to the ocean shoe. I love how they go together!!

For my shoes, I kept things simple with a tan base and a spotted print, then wrote my initials on the back.

diy painted sneakers for kids mom and sons
custom paint vans diy

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: 

 

How to custom paint shoes

Step 1. Start white clean shoes.

Step 2. Use a pencil to sketch out your designs on your shoes.

Step 3. Use acrylic paint, puff paint, or paint pens to paint your designs. Let them completely dry.

Step 4. Seal the paint with Mod Podge. You can paint it on or use the spray Mod Podge here (if you spray, fill the shoe with paper towels so the sealer doesn’t get inside the shoe). Let them completely dry.

 

So easy! Now go grab yourself some sneakers from Rack Room Shoes and make your kids or yourself some fun custom shoes to let their personality show!

 

 

Photos by Aubrey Stock
This post is sponsored by Rack Room Shoes

 

 

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