DIY CUSTOM PAINTED DINOSAUR SHOES

FOLLOW THESE STEPS, AND THESE CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOES CAN BE YOURS!

FOLLOW THESE STEPS, AND THESE CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOES CAN BE YOURS!

MY ADORABLE NEPHEW TURNED 2 THIS PAST YEAR SO I WANTED TO GIVE HIM SOMETHING SPECIAL. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES ANIMALS, AND DINOSAURS ARE AMONG HIS FAVORITE. HE LOVES WATCHING DINOSAUR TRAIN, AND LOVES SAYING "ROARRR" EVERY TIME HE SEES A DINOSAUR IN A BOOK. WHAT BETTER GIFT THAN INCLUDING HIS LOVE OF DINOSAURS INTO A CUSTOM PAINTED PAIR OF DINOSAUR SHOES! KEEP READING TO SEE HOW I MADE THEM, AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

DIY DINOSAUR SHOES | THE PAPER CURATOR

DIY DINOSAUR SHOES | THE PAPER CURATOR


MATERIALS:

THE MATERIALS YOU NEED TO COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN PAIR OF DINOSAUR SHOES!

THE MATERIALS YOU NEED TO COMPLETELY CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN PAIR OF DINOSAUR SHOES!

00 ALL WHITE SHOES

01 PENCIL

02 ERASER

03 RULER

04 PAINTBRUSHES IN VARIOUS SIZES

05 FOAM BRUSH

06 ANGELUS LEATHER PREPARER AND  DEGLAZER

07 ANGELUS ACRYLIC LEATHER PAINT IN COLORS 'CHILI RED', 'LIGHT GREEN', 'DARK GREEN', AND 'BLACK'

08 ANGELUS SATIN ACRYLIC FINISHER

09 SOBO PREMIUM CRAFT AND FABRIC GLUE

10 SMALL PIECE OF WHITE LEATHER

Note: If you purchase an Angelus Paint Starter Kit, you will receive the majority of the supplies YOU NEED (brushes, 3 paints, preparer and deglazer, and finisher + a scrub brush and easy cleaner). 


Step One: Design Shoes

DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM TODDLER DINOSAUR SHOES BEFORE YOU BEGIN!

DESIGN YOUR CUSTOM TODDLER DINOSAUR SHOES BEFORE YOU BEGIN!

BEFORE STARTING ANY WORK ON YOUR SHOES, YOU'LL WANT TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT DESIGN DETAILS YOU WANT TO INCLUDE ON YOUR CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOES. TAKE A LOOK AT ANY STITCHING, PANELLING, OR FEATURES THAT YOUR WHITE SHOES HAVE AND DESIGN YOUR DINOSAUR AROUND THOSE. IF YOU WANT THE EXACT SHOES I USED, YOU CAN PURCHASE THEM HERE. I ENDED UP HAVING TO CHANGE THE SHOES FROM THE ONES I SKETCHED, BUT WAS ABLE TO SLIGHTLY TWEAK THE DETAILS IN MY SKETCH AND INCORPORATE THEM EASILY INTO THE FINAL SHOES I CUSTOMIZED.


Step Two: Prepare Shoes

REMOVE THE SHOELACES AND LIGHTLY COAT THE ENTIRE SHOE WITH THE PREPARER AND DEGLAZER.

REMOVE THE SHOELACES AND LIGHTLY COAT THE ENTIRE SHOE WITH THE PREPARER AND DEGLAZER.

  • FIRST, YOU'LL WANT TO REMOVE YOUR SHOELACES SO THAT YOU CAN ACCESS THE ENTIRE SHOE.

  • THEN YOU'LL BE USING THE LEATHER PREPARER AND DEGLAZER. SOAK A COTTON PAD/CLOTH IN THE PREPARER AND LIGHTLY COAT YOUR SHOE A FEW TIMES TO REMOVE THE ORIGINAL FACTORY FINISH. MAKE SURE TO GET THE TONGUE AND ANY OTHER HIDDEN PARTS.

  • YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE A SMALL COATING OF THE ORIGINAL FINISH COME OFF ONTO YOUR PAD/CLOTH. YOU SHOULD CONTINUE DEGLAZING UNTIL YOU NO LONGER SEE THE FACTORY FINISH ON THE SHOE. THIS STEP WILL PREP YOUR SHOE TO BEGIN PAINTING.

  • AS THE DIRECTIONS ON THE PREPARER AND DEGLAZER STATE, ALLOW TO DRY FOR A COUPLE MINUTES. ONCE DRY, YOU ARE READY TO APPLY ANY PAINT YOU WISH. 

NOTE:MY SHOE WAS A MATTE FINISH FROM THE FACTORY SO IT DIDN'T TAKE MANY SWIPES TO COMPLETELY REMOVE THE FINISH. IF YOU HAVE A HIGH GLOSS OR OTHER GLOSSY FINISH, IT MAY TAKE MORE COATS TO REMOVE YOUR FACTORY FINISH. 


Step Three: Draw Designs

USE YOUR PENCIL AND SKETCH THE DESIGNS YOU WANT TO PAINT ONTO BOTH SHOES.

USE YOUR PENCIL AND SKETCH THE DESIGNS YOU WANT TO PAINT ONTO BOTH SHOES.

DRAW YOUR DESIGNS ONTO THE SHOE MAKING SURE THEY ARE EVEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SHOE, AND BOTH SHOES.

IF YOU'RE NERVOUS ABOUT REPLICATING DESIGNS FREEHAND, YOU CAN USE TRACING PAPER AND A PENCIL TO TRANSFER YOUR DESIGNS FROM SHOE TO SHOE. FIRST, YOU DRAW THE ENTIRE DESIGN ON THE SHOE, TRACE THE DESIGN ON YOUR TRACING PAPER WITH A NO.2 OR SOFTER PENCIL, FLIP AND RETRACE ONTO THE SECOND SHOE. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE ORIGINAL PENCIL LINES WILL TRANSFER TO THE OTHER SHOE GIVING YOU AN EXACT REPLICATION OF THE FIRST SHOE. I USED THIS TECHNIQUE FOR THE FRONT TEETH OF THE DINOSAUR. FOR SIMPLER SHAPES, YOU CAN SIMPLY CUT AROUND THE SHAPE AND TRACE AROUND THE OUTSIDE TO TRANSFER, LIKE I DID WITH THE CIRCLE FOR THE DINOSAUR EYE.

IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO FREEHAND PART OF IT, LIKE I AM DOING FOR THE DINOSAUR SCALES, LEAVE THAT SPACE BLANK.


Step Four: Begin Painting

USE LIGHT COATS + MULTIPLE COATS WHEN PAINTING YOUR SHOE.

BEGIN PAINTING YOUR CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOE!

BEGIN PAINTING YOUR CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOE!

I BEGAN AT THE FRONT OF THE SHOE, A SPACE I KNEW WOULDN'T BE AS INTERRUPTED AS I FLIPPED AND WORKED ON THE BACK OF THE SHOE.

I BEGAN WITH THE COLOR RED, WORKING ON THE TEETH.

TAKE PAINT AND POUR IT ONTO A PALETTE, OR PAPER PLATE, WHATEVER YOU HAVE AVAILABLE! THIS WILL MAKE IT EASY TO ACCESS AND USE.

YOU'LL WANT TO USE THE APPROPRIATE SIZE BRUSH FOR THE SPACE THAT YOU'RE WORKING IN-WHETHER THAT'S ROUND, FLAT, THIN OR THICK, THAT IS UP TO YOU AND YOUR DISCRETION.

AFTER YOUR FIRST LIGHT COAT, ALLOW IT TO DRY. MOST LIKELY IT WILL BE DRY AS YOU CONTINUE PAINTING SO BY THE TIME YOU FINISH THE SECOND SHOE, YOU CAN START BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST SHOE BUT USE YOUR DISCRETION. CONTINUE LAYERING LIGHT COATS UNTIL IT IS EVENLY COATED AND TO THE COLOR THAT YOU WANT.


Step Five: Continue Painting

AS YOU CONTINUE PAINTING YOUR CUSTOM DINOSAUR SHOES, YOU'LL REPEAT THE ABOVE PAINTING PROCESS FOR THE DESIGN DETAILS OF THE ENTIRE SHOE. AFTER I COMPLETED THE TEETH IN THE FRONT, I CONTINUED WITH LIGHT COATS+ MULTIPLE LAYERS IN MY VARIOUS PAINT COLORS ACROSS THE ENTIRE SHOE.

DINOSAUR SHOE WITH TEETH AND DARK GREEN COMPLETED, EYES OUTLINED AND SCALE OUTLINES STARTED.

DINOSAUR SHOE WITH TEETH AND DARK GREEN COMPLETED, EYES OUTLINED AND SCALE OUTLINES STARTED.

THESE ARE THE STEPS I TOOK WHILE COMPLETING MY SHOE:

  1.  Red Paint- I PAINTED WITHIN THE TRIANGLES I OUTLINED AT THE FRONT OF THE SHOE TO DEFINE THE TEETH OF THE DINOSAUR. APPROX. 8 LAYERS OF PAINT.

  2. Black Paint- I COVERED MY PENCIL OUTLINE FOR THE EYES WITH A THIN LAYER OF BLACK PAINT TO DEFINE THE EYE, LEAVING THE WHITE STITCHING SHOWING. I DECIDED TO LEAVE THE WHITE STITCHING SHOWCASED THROUGHOUT MY SHOE TO TIE IN WITH THE WHITE SHOELACES. 1 LAYER OF PAINT. 

  3.  Dark Green Paint- I PAINTED THE PORTIONS ON THE TOP AND BACK OF THE SHOES I WANTED TO BE SOLID GREEN. THESE WERE SEGMENTED BY STITCHING WHICH I LEFT WHITE. APPROX. 6 LAYERS OF PAINT.

  4. Dark Green Paint- I OUTLINED THE SCALES FREEHAND AND THEN REPLICATED BY EYEBALLING SHAPES AND LOCATIONS OF INTERSECTIONS FROME SIDE TO SIDE AND SHOE TO SHOE. APPROX. 4 LAYERS OF PAINT.

  5. Light Green Paint- I COVERED THE ENTIRE SCALED AREA, INCLUDING THE DARK GREEN SCALE OUTLINES THAT I HAD PREPARED, I ALSO PAINTED THE EYELID OF THE EYE. THIS GAVE THE DARK GREEN A SLIGHTLY LIGHTER FINISH AND EVENED OUT THE SURFACE OF THE SHOE TO CONTINUE DEFINING THE SCALES. 2 LAYERS OF PAINT.

  6.  Light Green Paint- I WENT INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE SCALES TO DARKEN THE LIGHT GREEN PORTION WITH ANOTHER COAT, BEING CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE DARK GREEN PORTION OF THE SCALES. 

  7. Dark Green Paint-I WENT IN WITH ONE MORE COAT OF DARK GREEN TO OUTLINE AND DARKEN THE SCALE OUTLINES UNTIL THEY MATCHED THE COLORING OF THE SOLID GREEN PORTIONS ON THE TOP AND BACK OF THE SHOE. 

  8. Light Green Paint-I WENT BACK IN TO CORRECT ANY PORTIONS OF THE SCALES THAT WERE LIGHTER OR DISCOLORED TO EVEN EVERYTHING WITH TOUCHES OF LIGHT GREEN WITHIN THE SCALES.

NOTE: If at any point you mess up, and need to undo a stroke or layer of paint that you put on, you just have to use your Angelus Preparer and Deglazer; it will work as an eraser for any mishaps. To do this you can use a separate paintbrush, a q-tip, or something absorbent and precise to remove any excess or misplaced paint. Make sure you allow the Preparer and Deglazer to dry completely before you begin painting over that area.


Step Six: Preparing Fins

SIMULTANEOUSLY WHILE I WAS COMPLETING STEPS 1-8 (DURING ANY DRYING TIME/BREAKS)-I WAS PREPARING THE FINS FOR THE BACK OF THE SHOE IN THESE STEPS:

A COMPLETED FIN GLUED TOGETHER WITH 1/2" FREE AT BOTTOM AND ONE LAYER OF PAINT.

A COMPLETED FIN GLUED TOGETHER WITH 1/2" FREE AT BOTTOM AND ONE LAYER OF PAINT.

  1. I MEASURED THE BACK HEIGHT OF THE SHOE (WHERE I WANTED A FIN TO JET OUT) AND CUT 4 SMALL WHITE LEATHER PIECES TO THAT SIZE. 

  2. I DECIDED WHAT I WANTED THE BACK FIN OF THE DINOSAUR TO LOOK LIKE AND DREW THAT SHAPE ON ONE PIECE OF LEATHER.

  3. I REPLICATED THAT SHAPE FOR THE OTHER SHOE AND THEN MADE 2 REFLECTIONS OF THAT SHAPE SO THE FIN WILL BE DOUBLE SIDED, GIVING YOU 4 PIECES TOTAL.

  4. AFTER THOSE WERE CUT, I TOOK FABRIC AND CRAFT GLUE AND, LEAVING ¼” FREE ON THE BOTTOM OF EACH PIECE, I GLUED THE TWO PIECES TO COMPLETE EACH FIN TOGETHER.

    Note: The ¼” on each side, totaling 1/2" is the space that will fold back and adhere the fin to the shoe.

  5. ONCE GLUED TOGETHER, I PAINTED THE FINS IN LIGHT GREEN PAINT, APPROX. 5 LAYERS ON EACH SIDE WITH DRYING TIME IN BETWEEN. 


Step Seven: Finisher

AFTER EVERYTHING IS COMPLETELY DRY-THE SHOES AND THE FINS, I INDIVIDUALLY COATED THEM WITH THE SATIN ACRYLIC FINISHER TO GIVE THEM A LOW GLOSS FINISH. ALLOW THIS FINISHER TO DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE TOUCHING OR MOVING THEM. THIS WILL PROTECT THE SHOE FROM WATER DAMAGE AND PROTECT YOUR CUSTOM PAINT DURING WEAR.


Step Eight: Applying Fins

FINISHED FINS APPLIED WITH CRAFT AND FABRIC GLUE TO THE BACK OF THE FINISHED SHOES.

FINISHED FINS APPLIED WITH CRAFT AND FABRIC GLUE TO THE BACK OF THE FINISHED SHOES.

AFTER THE SHOE AND FINS HAVE COMPLETELY DRIED INDIVIDUALLY, I TOOK MY RULER AND GOT THE CENTER BACK OF THE SHOE AND MARKED LIGHTLY WITH A PENCIL. I THEN TOOK THE FINS AND APPLIED CRAFT AND FABRIC GLUE TO THE  I ½” LEATHER PORTION OF THE FIN I HAD FOLDED BACK FOR APPLICATION. THEN I CAREFULLY ALIGNED THE FIN WITH THE PENCIL MARK AND APPLIED PRESSURE TO ADHERE THEM ONTO THE SHOE. 

NOTE: The reason I finished them with satin finish separately was in the hopes that if you need to remove the fin, the shoe will be better protected by that layer of satin finish, and it may create less damage than if applied directly to unprotected paint.

 


ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE STEPS, YOUR SHOE IS COMPLETELY FINISHED AND YOU CAN LACE THEM BACK UP AND EITHER GIVE THEM AS A GIFT, OR PUT THEM RIGHT ON YOUR TODDLER!

THE FINISHED DIY DINOSAUR SHOES, READY TO WEAR!

THE FINISHED DIY DINOSAUR SHOES, READY TO WEAR!

THE H&M SWEATER AND CORDUROY TRACK PANTS THAT INSPIRED MY DINOSAUR SHOES, AND MATCHING BIRTHDAY CARD!

THE H&M SWEATER AND CORDUROY TRACK PANTS THAT INSPIRED MY DINOSAUR SHOES, AND MATCHING BIRTHDAY CARD!

MY NEPHEW NOAH ROCKING HIS DINOSAUR SHOES AND SWEATER!

MY NEPHEW NOAH ROCKING HIS DINOSAUR SHOES AND SWEATER!


THANKS FOR READING! DON'T YOU JUST WANT TO GO MAKE A PAIR!! LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENT SECTION AND CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PROCESS!