Make Your Own Map Shoes


Here's a project for the travel lovers!


1.  You'll need a pair of canvas shoes, a large map or atlas, Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and some newspaper (optional).

2.  To keep the shape of your shoes, stuff them with newspaper.  Brush some Mod Podge onto one of your shoes.  Concentrate on small areas at a time (Mod Podge dries quickly).

3.  Tear apart small pieces of your map and place it on the freshly glued area.  Continuously add more Mod Podge on the shoe to glue and seal the map pieces.  Repeat this step until both shoes are covered.

4.  Let the Mod Podge dry for at least an hour, then your new shoes are ready to wear!  Your shoes might be a little crunchy sounding for the first few wears.

-Mandy


P.S.  Check out my other Mod Podge project here!

41 comments:

  1. This is wonderful! I'm already thinking of Vogue shoes, NME shoes, tattoo flash shoes. Thanks for a great post!

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    1. All of those would be so awesome!

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  2. Oh man, I'm loving these!!
    Map art is super in right now, and you've just taken it to a whole new level!

    Nicole
    http://settleinn.blogspot.com/
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Coleandco

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  3. I've got some old Vans, I definitely think I may try this out! I love this!

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  4. Mandy, you are so deeyarn creative! Love this...just looking at an old pair of Vans that I cannot bring myself to dump...maybe a Hawaiian map! Love it! Thank you so much! Connie

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    1. That would be so cool! Or even some photos of the area.

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  5. So fun! I love love them!

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  6. I like this idea! My old vans could use a cleanup!

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    1. Yeah, mine were pretty rough. This makes them look almost new.

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  7. How did you get the wrinkles out?

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    1. I kept slathering Mod Podge on the areas that would pucker. Stuffing the shoe with newspaper helps. I ended up with one larger wrinkle, but it's not that noticeable with all of the lines in the map.

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  8. Wow I love your blog the pictures and the idea is great.
    awesome

    www.dentelleetfleurs.blogspot.com

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  9. This so awesome!! I love it! And it thrills the geographer inside of me to see maps being used in such a cool and stylish way :P

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  10. Cool but is it water proof?? nice project

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    1. If you use the Outdoor Mod Podge it should be water resistant at least.

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  11. It doesn't look like you sealed them with anything after the mod podge. Do you wear these shoes often? Have they held up pretty well?

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    1. I used a top coat of Mod Podge to seal them. They've cracked a little from walking. I don't wear them all the time, though.

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    2. I'm sure cracking adds to the appeal though. :-D

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  12. How big were your pieces of map? Looks amazing!

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    1. Kind of depends on the area of the shoe. For the most part, I'd say smaller than a post-it note. And thanks!

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  13. i have made 2 pairs of comic book mod podge shoes and helped friends make some to. every pair we have made has cracked the first time you wore them, they cracked so much we couldnt even wear them for more the a hour. have you come accross any solutions to the cracking? we loved them so much we want to fine a way to be able to wear them longer.

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    1. Somehow the toe would have to be reinforced, I think. Not totally sure what would be the best plan of action for that.

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  14. What a fun way to update an old pair of shoes! I love this.

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  15. Or you could print out a map and do an image transfer with the mode podge

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  16. Defiantly sprucing up my old vans. Umbrella Academy style.

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    1. Just looked up Umbrella Academy. Looks so cool!

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  17. And what happens when you step in water? Or it rains.?

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