DIY Marimekko Shoes

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DIY your own Marimekko Shoes

I love Marimekko especially their iconic Unikko fabric print. After coming across comiconfamily’s blog post about making comic shoes, I decided to make my own Marimekko shoes but with a Marimekko print. I am really pleased with how these bright summery shoe turned out, so I ended up making another pair for myself and my friend Wendy made a pair, all with Marimekko prints of course.
 
Decoupage can be cool ! Make your very own designer Marimekko Shoes with some paper napkins.
 
DIY Marimekko Unikko Shoes
 
 
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What you Need to Make Marimekko Shoes

 
What you need for DIY Marimekko Shoes
 
Pair of white canvas shoes (whatever style you want)
Marimekko Paper Napkins
Modge Podge Glue Matte
Cling film
Plastic bags
Tape
Fine paint brush
Foam brush
Waterproof PVA or Mod Podge
Cup of water
 

How I did it

 
DIY Marimekko shoes
 
DIY Marimekko Shoes
 
I have broadly followed comicconfamily’s instructions with a few changes of my own. So you might want to look at their comprehensive instructions for a comparison.
 

  1. Prepare your shoes, remove laces, stuff toes with empty plastic bags. Tape off area you don’t want covering in Marimekko napkins such as the rubber trim on sole. Don’t try to cover eyelets with tape this is too tricky.
  2. Place this separated napkin face down on cling film. You will be tearing your designs out and not cutting as this gives you a nice feather edge. Decide on the flower you want to use, draw round the flower with a wet paint brush. This will make it easier to tear round the flower.
  3. Cover the white canvas shoes in your Modge Podge glue.
  4. Carefully lift your cling film with cut flower face down and place on the shoe where you want. The flower should now be face up on the shoe carefully press down and straighten out using the cling film. Don’t worry about over lapping on to the taped off areas at this stage.
  5. Repeat until the whole shoe is covered.
  6. Leave to dry overnight. Using a craft knife or scalpel carefully remove any excess napkin on the shoe, i.e round the taped of rubber trim.
  7. Apply a coat of modge podge or pva glue over the top of the decoupage shoes, leave to dry.
  8. Finally to waterproof your shoes coat with a final layer of waterproof PVA glue or a matt acrylic varnish.
  9. Remove the tape, scrape napkins off eyelet holes and insert laces.

 

DIY Marimekko Shoes
 
DIY Marimekko Shoes GL2
 

I think the blue ones are my favourite, I love the colour and the big Unikko print works really well. The canvas shoes only cost £3 and I used about 3-4 napkins per pair of shoes. You can use any napkin designs you want, so if your more into Cath Kidston you can use their napkins. Unfortunately I’ve yet to find some Orla Kiely paper napkins but as soon as I do I will be covering a pair of shoes with them. If you are going to give it a go I’d love to now what napkin design you would use.
 
DIY Marimekko Shoes concrete GL
 
DIY Marimekko Shoes Pillarboxblue
 
 

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17 Responses

  1. Hej Claire!

    I discovered your blog a couple of days ago and added you to my bloglovin-feed immediatly…and boy (!) am I glad I did 🙂 This is such a cool project + I love your style…so yeah, can’t wait for your blog to grow 🙂

    Greetings from Berlin (where a Marimekko-Fabric-Shop has been teasing me brutally with its goodness…;-))

    Marta

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks a lot for your kind words I hope I continue to inspire and lucky you having a Marimekko shop near you.

  2. I love Marimekko designs. I had my eye on a blouse but now I think I should have these shoes. Great inspiration – thanks!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks. Marimekko prints are lovely, still think you should get the blouse why not have both !

  3. Absolutely love these! Perfect for the summer and the styles are endless. Well done Claire another fantastic project x

  4. Oh my gosh! These turned out awesome; I never would’ve thought to decorate with napkins/ :]

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  5. This is one of the most creative ideas I’ve ever seen! And I fell in love with Marimekko after traveling to Finland last year. Pinned!

    By the way, I would love to have you post on my new blog hop—the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home (www.myflagstaffhome.com). It begins on Thursday evenings and lasts through the weekend, if you’re interested.

    Jennifer

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you and thanks for the invite.

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  8. Lovely idea, and so versatile, paper napkins come in such beautiful designs. Any style of canvas shoe, any napkins, the options are almost endless!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks. Yes its tempting to get carried away and make loads of different pairs.

  9. I am AMAZED. These came out SO CUTE!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks will be there Friday

  10. Wow! They turned out SO awesome! Well done, and beautiful, inspiring photos!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks I’ve been wearing them today they certainly brighten things up.

  11. What a fantastic project! I love how the shoes turned out. I use paper napkins to decoupage on just about EVERYTHING but have never thought to put them on shoes! Thanks for sharing such a unique and fun idea.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, they’ve worked out really well and I have been wearing them.

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