DIY Week: Polka dot slip-ons

Happy Monday! I am off work this week, which means I have no exciting outfits to share (right now I am wearing maternity shorts and a stretched-out Gap tanktop that I bought at a yard sale). So I thought I would share a few DIY projects with you.

This is shockingly out of character for me; I always laugh at myself when I try to do DIY stuff because it always comes out awful (like, "Nailed It" awful) and I am just soooo not a crafty person. But I have really been feeling the craft urge lately, so I decided to dip my toe in with some easy (and I do mean easy) projects.

First up was a mini makeover of these white slip-ons I bought earlier this year. I don't wear sandals, so this style of shoe is ideal for me during hot weather (except that I get the foot equivalent of a farmer's tan, which kind of sucks). I thought these white ones would be great, but when I got them, they just seemed way too ... white. If you know what I mean. So they've been sitting in the back of my closet for weeks. I decided that I needed to tone down the white by adding a bit of color.

This is not a how-to, because if it was one, the list would look like this:
1. Buy some fabric markers.
2. Draw patterns on your shoes.
So consider this more of a style inspiration post, with a few pointers thrown in.

I'm glad I took time to test out the markers before I got started. I had initially planned on doing navy polka dots, but the blue marker that came in this multi-pack was a much brighter shade of blue, so I started playing with some other ideas.

Honestly, the absolute hardest thing about doing this was settling on a design. I had so many ideas, and I seriously agonized over it for a day or two before I got a grip and reminded myself that these were $5 shoes from Kmart that I'm only going to wear for a couple more months before it's winter again.

I settled on yellow polka dots to just break up the white a bit without being too obtrusive. I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out. They aren't perfect by any means, but it works for me. I have gotten them wet a few times and haven't seen any bleeding yet from the marker, so that's a good sign.

Here's the before and after:

In addition to a couple of other projects this week, I'm hoping to put together a dual shop update (Etsy and Instagram), because I've found so many amazing things these past few weeks that I want to share. (Seriously, if you are in the market for a summer dress, I have got you covered.) Other plans for my week off work include eating ice cream, taking my daughter swimming, and ... nope, that was about it. Because, really, what else do you need?


  1. Very cute! Yellow polka dots seem perfectly summery ~

    1. Thanks! I am really loving these and now want to wear them all the time. Not to mention searching my closet for things I can use fabric pens on ...


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