Bringing home my DIY Neon Shoes...

I'm bringing home a tutorial I did for La Petite Magazine about a year ago, the DIY neon shoes. It's an oldie but I think still a goodie! If you think neon is passé, try painting your toe cap in a pastel or perhaps just your favourite color. I still think neon is a great option!
Actually, my daughter outgrew her neon shoes so quickly that this post is to remind me to have a go at it again- a cute pair of Miss E's Mary-Janes could really use a make-over.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel of La Petite Magazine - she is simply awesome and ever so inspiring. Have you had a look at the blog make-over, it's oh so pretty and look out the new issue is coming out any day now...

All right, so are you ready to get your ne-on?

What you need:
- Shoes: any shoe whether suede, leather or canvas.
- Paint: white and neon
- Paintbrush
- Masking Tape
- Outdoor Gloss Sealer (optional for shiny finish).
- Liquid Stitch or any strong glue can do.
- Grosgrain ribbon or any ribbon.

Step 1:
Choose how much of the shoe you want painted and apply your masking tape. Press down
firmly, to avoid any paint bleed. I like to use Painter’s tape because I feel like it is more
delicate and less likely to damage your shoes.
TIP: remove the shoes laces if there are any, it will be easier to work with the shoes and if
you choose to keep the original lace you avoid the possibility of them getting painted on.

Step 2:
If your shoes are dark in color, I recommend painted the selected area in white first. Your
neon color will come out brighter.

Step 3:
Once your white paint is completely dry, paint over with your neon color. You might need
several coats to get the desired color; I applied 3 coats of pink in total. Let the paint dry
between each coat, if you are pressed for time you can use a blow dryer.

Step 4:
Apply a coat of Outdoor Gloss Sealer; this will make your shoe shiny looking. I used 2 coats
of gloss, and once again waited 30 minutes between each coat.
I strongly recommend this step if you are painting on leather shoes, as it will give your
paint job a similar shiny finish as the leather. You can skip this step if you like, it purely for

Step 5:
Once your paint and gloss is dry, remove the tape carefully and wash off any left over paint
on the soles of the shoes.

Cut 2 strips of ribbon; make sure it’s a little longer than what you actually need. Apply some
liquid stitch or any strong permanent glue you might have (preferably some glue that dries
clear). Press the ribbon down firmly onto the shoes covering the line between your painted
area and the fabric.

Step 7:
Cut off the ends and add a dab of glue and smudge it, this will avoid the ribbon fraying. Let it
dry 24 hours and add some glue if you feel the need.

Step 8:
Replace the old laces with some ribbon. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, the same length as your
original shoelaces, don’t forget to cut the ends on an angle to avoid any fraying. Have fun
and use a different color for your laces if you’d like. Enjoy!
Tip: avoid using satin ribbons for shoelaces, they tend to slip and come undone easily.

Voila! And you're done!

 If you try this or any other tutorials of mine don't forget to use the hashtag #petitcool on FB, twitter and IG so I can see what you've made. You can use the hashtag if you made, did, sew or even buy something inspired by Petit a Petit and family- that would be pretty cool. I could get a great sense of how you're getting inspired, that would just be awesome and make my day!


  1. What a good idea! I like it very much, so nice!
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Kerstin, so happy you like it! It was a fun project to put together :)

  2. What kind of paint is that? Is it any fabric paint, some special kind or leather paint or... what?

    1. Hi Maija, it's just acrylic paint. The brand I used is folk art by Plaid. I hope this helps :)

  3. Voila! And *your* done! *you're*

    I could get a great sense of how *your* getting inspired, that would just be awesome and make my day! *you're*

    1. Ah well thank you! Can you tell English is my second language. I will fix it now and yes I should make more of an effort.

    2. Well that was truly un-necessary. It's nice that you changed it but you don't claim to be an English professor. I don't come here to check your spelling, I love these tutorials. Funny thing is, there are people like this who comment on every blog that I have seen and it is annoying. If you don't have anything positive to add, and if you are just going to be the grammar police, don't you have ANYTHING better to do with your *not you're* time? Lol, clearly not. Smh. Great tutorials! This is only the second one that I have looked at but I am falling in love! I adore these shoes! Keep up the awesome work, and ignore annoying grammar police :)

    3. Thank you Anonymous Mom! I am really happy your are liking the tutorials. As for my English- I think I do o.k. and I don't mind being corrected, that way at least I'll learn.

  4. Great job! I love those boots to begin with; what kind are they?

    1. Thanks so much! They are wannabe desert boots and were my son's first. I bought them at our supermarket! The brand is called Joe Fresh.

  5. What a great idea... I have a 2 year old boy and 1 year old girl and some shoes that he just wore few times because i bought them in advance and once the season came he was outgrowing them quickly... As a matter of fact I have almost same shoes as you are showing and making them over for my daughter will save lots of money ;) Of course she could just wear them as they are - plain brown but sometimes I feel sorry for her because she is wearing a lot of boys clothes already so this will add some "pretty" to her warderobe ;) I only wish that they will turn as nice as yours...

  6. Gorgeous! I've done a few of these myself when my girls start shredding the toes of their shoes, and I've found that instead of an outdoor gloss, using "shoe glue" (by the makers of E6000) makes them SUPER sturdy while still adding shine! Also, it dries really smooth :) p.s. I NEVER would have guessed English is your second language- your blog is amazing!!


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