Embellishments + White Vans=DIY

Have you ever looked at your old white sneakers and just wanted to throw them away? STOP, step back from the trash can. You are about to get rid of your treasure. Take your white sneakers, dust them off and hit your local craft store.

I’ve had theses Vans for over a year. They are scuffed up and dirty, but I just couldn’t throw them away.


white Vans


Embellished sneakers were all over the Spring 2016 runway. SO I decided to create my own pair. While at the craft store I purchased a bag of jewels and 2 of the letter “H” patches for the 1st initial of my first name … of course. I already own the lip patches.

Materials: a pair of sneakers, patches, craft jewels and fabric glue.




Step 1

Before you glue the patches on the sneakers, take each patch and style your sneaker. You don’t want to glue the patches on because they are very hard to take off. Take a picture of each shoe.

Step 2

Start with one sneaker. Take each patch and glue it to the sneaker pressing firmly.Here is where the EPIC FAIL began. The glue didn’t work!!! It didn’t stick at all.

Step 3

I decided to stuff the shoe with a sock to keep its shape and iron the patches on. WARNING please be careful not to burn your hands and the rubber of the shoe. After a few minutes the “H” patches stayed on. I followed up with the lip patches. To finished off my DIY project I crazy glued the jewels. Only iron the patches to the fabric not the rubber.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3



And there you have it. I turned my “trash” into “treasure”. Moral of the story never ever throw anything away. It can be turned into something almost new.

Now go to your local craft or garment store and DIY a pair of your old sneakers.

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