Not only is the 4th of July quickly approaching, but with the World Cup underway, patriotism is in the air. We’ve done many American flag-themed DIYs on the blog, but there is one we had yet to tackle: the American Flag Converse.
A pair of white Converse sneakers might already be sitting in many of our closets. This classic shoe goes with everything, and it also leaves a blank canvas that can be transformed into anything your heart desires. All you need is paint and a few other supplies! Here’s how I turned my Converse into Americana kicks that are perfect for the summer time…
What You Need:
Masking Tape or Painters Tape
*Before you start, take out the laces in the shoes.
Mark out your stripes with some masking tape or painters tape. The tape will protect any parts that you want left white.
Once you have your tape laid out, take the red paint and begin painting the stripes. I mixed a little black into the red before starting to make a deeper hue. After all your stripes are painted, wait until the paint is completely dry before removing the tape to reveal the white stripes.
Now it’s time for the stars! To make this easy, using star stickers is the best way to get a clean shape. I picked up a pack from the Dollar Store that included a variety of sizes. Place your star stickers down the length of the tongue in whatever order you wish.
Once you have all the stickers firmly placed, take some navy blue paint and paint over the stickers. After the blue paint is dry, remove the stickers to reveal the white stars. If you missed any spots, you can go back and fill them in with some more paint. Make sure all of the paint is dry before lacing the shoes back up.
To get more of a worn in look, you can take a small piece of sandpaper and gently buff it over the paint.
It’s okay if some of the stripes aren’t fully filled in or some of the white is showing through. Little imperfections make for a nice, hand-touched look :)
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