One of my best friends loves any thing Marvel, so when I saw comic book decoupaged heels on pinterest I thought of her. Not knowing where was best to get comics cheap I pushed the idea to the back of my mind until I saw this amazing Marvel wrapping paper in Primark.
I originally bought it to wrap her presents, but with a little bit of money left in the budget I figured that I had nothing to lose if I bought a cheap pair of pumps to experiment with. I'm soooooo glad I did because they turned out really well and she loved them (I was a little sad to give them away, but luckily for her they weren't my size)!
I looked at various online tutorials for similar decoupaged objects and they all used either layers of varnish or modge podge to seal the paper. I mentioned my project to my housemate and she happened to have some Ronseal eco varnish which was perfect for this project as it doesn't smell at all! It was a dream to work with and I made these over one very hot Saturday so there was hardly any time waiting for the coats to dry. You might need to make these over a few days if your varnish/glue is slower drying.
I think I might make another pair of these for myself, maybe some wedges. I've laid out my process below - just adapt it to your paper/waterproofing liquid and you're away!
You will need -
Some ballet pumps that are relatively stiff
Comic book wrapping paper
Ronseal matt interior eco varnish or similar
A big fat paintbrush
Something to protect your work surface
1. Start by protecting your work surface.
2. Cut pieces of the wrapping paper out that you like and set aside.
3. Apply a little varnish to the shoe, one area at a time. Lay a piece of the paper on it and gently smooth down, allowing it to hang over the edges a little. Repeat until you have covered the whole shoe in small pieces.
4. Allow to dry a little and then coat with a layer of varnish. If you rub the varnish over the edges the paper will start to disintregrate and you can gently get the paper to sit along the edge. Allow the vanish to dry for the time specified (I was lucky and got a sunny day!) and then re-coat a number of times until well coated and the edges are neat.
5. If you have any stray varnish inside the shoe, use a cotton bud and some nail varnish remover to clean it up and stop it rubbing.
'RECIPE': Inspired by the internet