Newsletter Instagram YouTube Pinterest Facebook
BOP Logo
Looking to redecorate your home? Crafting for the holidays? Need a fun idea to do with the kids? We have craft ideas for all occasions and experience levels! From simple home decor projects to personalized giftable items, we are sure you will find projects that inspire. Be sure and share any projects you do with our products using #decoartprojects for a chance to be featured.

Abstract Kid's Shoes

By: Purely Katie
July 2, 2018

print Pinterest
Abstract Kid s Shoes
Pinterest Logo

My 7-year-old daughter will be going into second grade this fall. One of her favorite items of clothing are shoes. She is definitely a shoeaholic so I wanted to make her her very own custom pair for back to school. She loves bright colors so I thought these DIY abstract kid's shoes would be perfect for her. These shoes were so easy to make and they turned out fabulous!

Items needed:

  • Americana Pouncer Set - Americana Value Pack Pouncer Set
  • Painters tape
  • Toothbrush
  • White canvas shoes


Start by gathering your supplies. I am using white canvas shoes to paint so the paint colors will be bright and vibrant. If you use colored shoes the paint colors might be slightly off. Just keep that in mind when choosing shoes for this project.

Instruction #1 - how to paint canvas shoes - DA
Pinterest Logo

I used painters tape to protect the soles of the shoes. If you want to paint the entire shoe, just skip this step. Next, I started at the toe of each shoe using the color fuchsia. Lightly dab the paint pouncer into the paint and dab onto the shoe.

Instruction #2 - DIY Painted Canvas Shoes -DA
Pinterest Logo

Cover the white canvas completely. I only needed to apply a coat of the DecoArt Stylin Multi-Surface Fashion Acrylic paints. To create an abstract look, I faded three colors from the toe of the shoe to the heel.

Instruction #3 - DIY Gradient Shoes - DA
Pinterest Logo

The final step is the fun part. I created a splattered look by dipping the bristles of a toothbrush into white Stylin paint. Use your thumb to flick the paint onto the shoes in random areas. You can add as much or as little white paint as you like. 

Instruction #4 - how to paint galaxy shoes - DA
Pinterest Logo

My daughter loves how these abstract kid's shoes turned out. She can't wait to wear them when school starts. These shoes were very easy to make and took roughly 30 minutes from start to finish. This is a great project for beginners and fashionistas! 

Instruction #5 - easy paint shoes tutorial - DA34
Pinterest Logo

Be sure to visit Purely Katie  for more projects and to learn more about Katie.


Hi, will this method work on mesh material? I am looking to paint a pair of basketball shoes with both canvas and mesh material. I'm not sure if Decoart paint will work with mesh so I am looking around for some confirmation. Thank you!

Chris Chang

December 24, 2018

Hi Chris - Yes, DecoArt Stylin will work well on the mesh and canvas of a basketball shoe.


December 26, 2018

Leave a comment: