You might have a pair of blah shoes. Why not give them a makeover?
I wanted a pair of leopard print heels, but I couldn't find any that fit or that I liked a lot and didn't want to spend a fortune. I went to Goodwill with my idea and after finding a pair of bland heels, I took them home and proceeded to remake them. They were scuffed up, scratched suede heels. Now they're awesome leopard heels! Everything I used came from Hobby Lobby, except for the spray primer that came from Home Depot, and I suggest getting a printable coupon for the Mod Podge (which was $4.99!).
These really did take three days to complete, because I wanted the paint completely dry between things and had to make sure the primer was cured. Sorry I don't have pictures of the shoes without the bobby pins! XP
EDIT: HAHA! I got a picture of them totally completed without the bobby pins!! Sorry the ribbon and paint look orange-y, its the Lumix's fault and the light I took them in didn't help.
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You Will Need
If you plan to paint your heel and its shiny plastic like mine, you'll want to sand them lightly so they have a frosted look. I used (I think!) 120 grit sandpaper and covered around the shoe and heel, as well as underneath, with Painter's Tape before I sprayed on the primer.
There's obviously a HUGE difference in picture quality, because I used my boyfriend's iPhone 4S. ;-; All my previous pictures are with my iPod Touch...
After the excess primer (I used Rustoleum) had dripped off and had been left to cure for 24 hours, I brought them in and sat down to paint the platform with Liquitex Basics Acrylic in Titanium White (ironically, I have a titanium allergy :P). While that dries, you can move on to the next step.
iPhone again. >_< After your shoes are dried completely all around, tape off around the heel and then you can begin painting it the same color as the platform. I used Anita's Acrylics in True Red again. Once I was sure the paint was 100% dry, I used glossy Mod Podge to seal the heal and plaform as well as add shine.
Don't forget to stay hydrated!;D I was drinking Mountain Dew Code Red
Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can attach the ribbon and bow. My ribbon was sewn in that ruffle-like way and I bought my bows pre-made (they come in a pack of 3 for $0.99). I used tacky glue and slowly wrapped the ribbon around the show so it would conform properly. To keep the ribbon and bow in place while the glue dried, I used bobby pins. Let them sit overnight, just to make sure the glue dries. Put them somewhere safe to dry undisturbed!!!!