DIY Tie Dye Shoes

We recently introduced a new member to our herd. Meet Wylie. Yes, he does look like a teddy bear mixed with a grandpa mixed with a dog. Adorable.

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Having a puppy at home means we are bit more homebound than usual, so the kids are getting a bit punchy. In order to buy myself a couple of hours one morning I decided to let the kids DIY their own school shoes. These DIY Tie Dye Shoes were a super success. The kids stayed busy coloring them and then checking and rechecking as the blending process occurred.


  • White cotton shoes – Amazon saved the day for me.
  • Sharpies
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle

How To

1. Let the kids color all over the shoes with Sharpies. There is no rhyme or reason to what they need to do, which is the beauty of this project. It is truely kid driven.

DIY Tie Dye Shoes from Nearly Crafty

DIY Tie Dye Shoes from Nearly Crafty

2. Pour some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. How much you need depends on how many shoes you are doing and how blended you want them. A half a bottle is plenty.

3. Go outside and lay a plastic bag down on the ground. I used a trashbag, but a plastic grocery bag would work as well. This just protects the ground from staining.

4. Lay paper towels on top of the plastic bag. Again, this is just stain prevention.

5. Place your shoes on the paper towels and spray them with rubbing alcohol. You want to really saturate the shoes to encourage the running of the ink.

6. Let the shoes dry. It only takes about 10-15 minutes because the alcohol evaporates quickly.

7. Repeat the spraying/drying process until you are happy with the final look.

DIY Tie Dye Shoes from Nearly Crafty

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