DIY | Tie Dye Galaxy Shoe

5.14.2012
When Tulip approached me about creating a tie dye tutorial, I wanted to challenge myself and use items other than clothing. I thought maybe something for the home, like a curtain or tablecloth, but when I saw a photos of galaxy print shoes online, I couldn't get them out of my head. There's something so beautiful about how all the colors blend into each other, almost like a watercolor painting. I checked out all of the tie dye techniques that Tulip provided and felt that "sponging" would work best. See the full tutorial after the jump...

Materials: 
- Tulip Tie Dye Kit 
- Tulip Surface Cover 
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Marine Blue and White Velvet (from a previous project) 
- Sponge or Sponge Brush 
- Paintbrush 
- Cotton Canvas Shoes
 - Gloves 

 Steps: 
1. Wearing gloves, add water to the dye bottle to the fill line to the magenta and blue dye. Replace cap, and shake until the dye is dissolved. Pour about 1/8 of the magenta dye bottle onto a plate. 
2. Run the shoes and laces under water until fully wet. Take your sponge and dab on magenta dye around both wet shoes and laces. I like to leave sections of the shoe un-dyed. Run your sponge under water, continue until it is fully clean. Soak water into your sponge and brush water onto both shoes. This creates more of a watercolor effect with the dye. 
3. Pour out about 1/8 of the blue dye bottle onto the same plate. Mix the colors well with your sponge brush to create a purple dye. 
 4. Brush the new purple dye onto the shoes. I stayed mostly in areas that had deep magenta sections, giving it a purple highlight. Again, run your brush under water until it is fully clean. Then, brush on water to create the watercolor effect. 
5. Onto a new plate, pour out about 1 tablespoon of navy fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Marine Blue from a previous project: Floral Denim Shorts). Then, add about 3 tablespoons of water to water it down. Take your clean sponge brush, and add touches of blue to both shoes. Again, run your sponge under water until it is fully clean. Then, brush on water onto the shoe to create a watercolor look. 
6. Take a regular paintbrush and flick the white fabric paint onto the shoes to create a starry look. 
 7. Use your paintbrush again to accentuate some of the stars by painting a few starburst lines. Then, let fully dry. 

 A big thank you to Tulip for providing the awesome materials and great tie dye tips!! You can find all of their products at your local Michael's and and find them on twitter (@ilovetocreate), facebook, and pinterest. I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with iLoveToCreate.com and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Also, here is a really helpful tie dye guide:

40 comments:

Kate said...

These are gorgeous, and they look so professional! Amazing!

Pich and Roor said...

They turned out awesome!!! love it <3

Lauren said...

These are awesome and so simple to make! I will definitely have to give it a try!

xx
Lauren

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Michelleesque said...

Oh man, I need to do these to some worn tennis shoes.

Michelle
www.michelleesque.com

Amanda {feast.fashion.faves} said...

you have captured my heart with this galaxy diy!! I love love LOVE anything with a galaxy print!! AMAZING.

<3Amanda
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Virginia said...

What brand shoes are these? Such a simple and lovely shape, I want to copy your tutorial *exactly*.

J. said...

So lovely! You're very talented! :D

The Aquarians said...

Wow i never would have thought to tie dye shoes, I'm gonna have to keep my eye out for some white cotton sandals to try this on..

Anonymous said...

love love love!!

Collections said...

seriously amazing.

Collections

Johnnie said...

They are soooo cute!! Great job.
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Elen said...

Those are so pretty! Doesn't really look like galaxy print to me, but really pretty nonetheless.

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

I love your shoes! Thanks for showing how easy the sponging technique is - I definitely want to try this out!

Marie-Eve said...

Amazing ! I'm totally trying this technique on white denim shorts !
Thanks !

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thefatandskinny said...

This is pretty awesome! I love the way these turned out.

Her Persona said...

omg these are amazing!!!



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Prudence and Austere said...

These shoes were so well done! I love the idea of the sponging technique. Great job.

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Clara Turbay said...

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Mandy Crandell said...

Incredible!!!!

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Roxanne said...

OMG You're a genius!!
Can I just say I love you???

Ashley said...

These are beautiful! I love the galaxy trend and hadn't thought to move it from shirts and nails to shoes... I may need to get my hands on some dye... haha

lepinkbow said...

what a great DIY, must try this!! (:

xo
daisy

Rachel said...

Have you had any issues with dye bleeding from the shoes to your socks?

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

These are SO cool! They really do sparkle!

Take care,

Trish

Veva said...

Lovely tutorial!!!
I follow your blog!

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Steph J said...

This is gorgeous - I have the exact same pair of shoes! They're kind of all dirty now, and I was just wondering what to do with them... so I will definitely be attempting this (:

Anonymous said...

I followed your instructions and made a pair for myself. Thanks for the easy to follow pictures and instructions, I don't think I could have been happier with how they turned out. You rock!!

Amy Anderson said...

Okay, I absolutely LOVE these. The addition of the white is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

this is so brilliant!!!!
thanks for the tutorial, i can't wait to make one!

Aini said...

this is so brilliant!!!!
thanks for the tutorial, i can't wait to make one!

Anonymous said...

Where did you buy those shoes from?

Creavissima said...

Very nice shoes!!! I tries the look on my shirt...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doHDiqjF6Tk&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.creavissima.de/2012/07/455/

Creavissima said...

very nice shoes!
I tried the look on my shirt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doHDiqjF6Tk&feature=channel&list=UL

http://www.creavissima.de/2012/07/455/

Mocha Daily said...

Love these shoes and featured this post on my blog, I hope you can check it!
http://mochadaily.blogspot.com/2012/10/diy-corner-galaxy-print.html

A.L. Designs Jewelry said...

These shoes are absolutely beautiful. It is alot cheaper and can customize to what you really love on your shoes.

Ale Serrato said...

Where did you get the shoes

Cinzia said...

i've saw it to HeM .

wigiela said...

i love the outcome! soooo cool!

Dani Horan said...

You can get it at almost any craft store such as Michael's or Beverly's

sekret_krush said...

Did you let these process, like it says in the tie dye instructions, then rinse or did you just dye and let them dry?

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