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09/19/2014 02:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DIWhyNot: DIY Snakeskin Sneakers

DIYing is fun, theraputic, budget friendly and above all else, creative! This new series, 'DIWhyNot' is dedicated to saying "why not!" and trying your hand at these fun and easy projects to express your unique sense of style.

In this first episode, I show you how to turn old stained sneakers into some statement, snakeskin sneaks using fishnet stockings! The video shows you how to do the neutral (black, gold, silver) pair while the post has pictures on how to do the colorful version. Try the technique out and let me know how it turns out!

Love to DIY? Check out my 'DIY Stenciled Pop Art Blazer' tutorial.

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Prep It:
  • old white sneakers
  • fishnet stockings
  • fabric paint - in the colors of your choice, I used black, glitter silver and gold on the neutral pair and bright colors for the colorful pair
  • spouncer
  • masking tape
  • paper plate
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DO IT!:
  1. Shove one shoe down inside the fishnet stocking and make sure your fishnets are pulled taught over the area you're going to paint. Tape stocking in place to secure. Tip: stuff the inside of your shoe with newspaper to fill it out and make it easier to paint.
  2. Use your spouncer and lightly dab your paint over the fishnets and onto the shoes. (Don't rub or do a brush motion, just a tapping motion to not move the fishnet around.)  I spounced until the spouncer was out of paint to let the pattern naturally fade out.
  3. Repeat step 2 with as many colors as you like until the entire shoe is covered. Make sure to let each color dry before moving on to avoid muddy, runny colors.
  4. Let dry and wear!
COLORFUL OPTION: 
  1. If you want to get the look of the colorful shoes, do the snakeskin pattern (like in Step 2 above) with only one color in sporadic areas around the shoes and let dry.
  2. Lay out various bright colored fabric paints on your plate and wet your spouncer before dipping it into your fabric paint (this will make it easier to blend) and brush it over the areas you think would benefit from a solid color. Repeat with as many colors as you like. Tip: the watered down paint wash will allow the underneath snakeskin pattern to show through - or you could reverse the process and do the snakeskin pattern last, after the color wash dries.

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