KLTC: Reconstructing Ballet Flats

Sunday, June 03, 2012
Hey everyone! I just got home from our weekend escapade/shooting with the Veztv Crew! I would love to blog about it now but I am so dead tired, I'll just leave you with one of my posts about Crafting which was drafted like a month ago. Tomorrow, I will be announcing the winner of my bag That Prize Giveaway so be sure to check out my blog~

On my first KLTC (Kai Learns To Craft) blog post, I introduced to you my prized possession of craft materials and the first project I made. Now I’d like to share to all of you another project I did during my free time (in other words from 8pm onwards).

I’m sure you know now how much I adore flats or shoes that don’t have sky high heels because they’re very comfy and very convenient when you have errands to run or simply when you’re shopping. Plus, it has become a staple in every fashionistas closet.
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Because of my love for flats, I will try to show you how I reconstructed a pair of my worn-out and old suede flats which I decided not to throw away yet. Here’s a photo of what it looked like BEFORE:



It’s supposed to be gray; now the color has faded which makes it look dirty – aside from the fact that it also has gathered a lot of dust. Before I started with reconstructing it or more appropriately, redecorating it, I washed it with soap and water and let it dry for a day.

After letting it really dry, I took out my craft paint in mild lavender and the glittery bright pink, brushes and the mod podge. Firstly, I painted the whole surface with the mild lavender craft paint and gave it time to completely dry off. It took around 15-20 minutes. To achieve a really nice color, I applied a second coat of paint.

As you can see, the shoes have a sort of design already so I just applied the glittery craft paint over the design to highlight it. I also applied a final coat of Mod Podge to seal the paint in and to give it a somewhat glossy finish.

Next, I brought out some capiz shell beads in purple and some wire. I just inserted the beads into the wire and looped the wire under the design of the flats and secured it tightly. I made sure that the wires don’t stick out. Now, this is what it looks like!

What are your comments on this? Please let me know! Thanks everyone! :>


xoxo, ~kai

20 comments :

  1. So cool! A pair of used flats turned into something new ang original. Ang pretty!! :D Make more.. Post the pics, sis!

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  2. I love it! ^_^ What kind of paint did you use? I'm planning to revamp my sandal, but i have no idea which kind of paint to use since it's leather. @.@

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  4. Nice DIY! Love the glitter effect! ヅ


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  5. I love it when I read DIY entries, especially when it comes to fashion. The thought of redecorating a pair of flats never occurred to me, so I was amazed of the outcome of your masterpiece. I have a lot of pairs of shoes. Once they get old, I'd take time to refurbish them. Thanks for me giving me a great idea! <3

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  6. You have talent there. Great reconstruction work.

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  7. Looks so neat and cool and comfortable! And you are so creative! Keep it up! Galing naman!

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  8. I am all for DIY.. i think people not only saves money but DIY also lets people discover their hidden talents. I do DIY stuff but mostly for my room.. but what you did is really nice... i strongly suggest more people follow your path

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  9. so cool! :)) love the new design you gave to rebirth your old shoes! :)

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  10. the reconstructed one looks better! gusto ko rin ang colors na ginamit mo and the stones for accent. :) keep it up, pretty ate kai :D

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  11. ohmy, now this gives me an idea.. I got tons of not-so-worn-out shoes. will have a revamped on them. haha,
    great revamp! looks like brandnew na.. and i like the style.. ^_^

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  12. You're so creative.I'm now thinking on redesigning my old shoes too.

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  13. Fabulous! Nice re-creation :)

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  14. that is cute, an old shoes changed a lot. And now you can wear it again and be proud to tell your friends what you did to them

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  15. Those flats really look good! ^_^

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  16. very nice! I wish I thought of doing this with some of my old shoes :)

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  17. Looks great! A totally new set of flats. You gave me an idea on what to do with our old foot wears. I usually throw them away. Pwede rin palang i-recycle. thanks for sharing.

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  18. to looks great!! will do some diy as well very soon! since my white flats shoes getting so grungy need to find some modge podgy first haha! xx

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