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Se7en Steps to a Pair of Fabulous Shoes from Recycling…

August 22nd, 2014 · 10 Comments

We live with a young gal that just cannot stop making shoes…

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I think Hood #6 is creating a shoe factory… just one pair at a time!!!

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The Gallery


It all began last summer…

Slowly at first…
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And now it is a wave… When I posted these on instagram last week I realised that it was time to catch up on the story, before we forgot this little bit of history.

Step by Step

Almost all craftiness in our house begins in the recycling bin… A packing box, a cereal box, a couple of pipe cleaners and some project glue did the trick.

  1. Getting the right size and shape: Measure around your feet on a piece of sturdy cardboard. Cut out two for each foot, slightly larger than the pencil outline. Mark a dot where you want your strippy strap to go…
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  3. Making a Strap: Cereal boxes are just he right sort of cardboard for these… Cut a strip for each shoe and fold them over, making sure that they will fit comfortably. When you have exactly the right fit then you can use your pencil to poke a hole through one layer of the card sole.
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  5. Just add pipe cleaners: Twist some pipe cleaners together and thread them through the hole to make sure everything is working.
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  7. Paints: Some where along the line it is a good idea to stop and add some paint.
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  9. And heaps of project glue: You will need a couple of pegs to hold everything together while the glue is drying.
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    At the last minute, these had to be butterfly shoes and so crushed paper butterflies were added into the mix.

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  11. Finishing up: Finally glue the second sole to the underside of your shoe to give it a nice neat finish.
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  13. Waiting: Finally you just have to wait until all the glue is dry…
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    That’s it… your shoes are ready to wear…

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Tags: Paper Crafts · Recycle Crafts · Tuesday Art Task

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christina Mathewson // Aug 22, 2014 at 3:05 am

    What a great idea! I think I’ll have to do this one with my children.

  • 2 Jeanine // Aug 22, 2014 at 5:16 am

    OK, these are TOO Cool! I admire the creative adventures you share with your children…. Also, I have seen this recently in a kids art blog somewhere. They used NewsPaper! It was an art lesson: masking tape and newspaper. Maybe one of the hoods can add That type NEXT go at this art 😀 Thank you for sharing. You’re very inspirational!
    Jeanine´s last blog post ..Kids Clay Donut Art

  • 3 Nita // Aug 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Reminded me of my childhood! I loved making , what I called , ‘paper slippers’. What fun 🙂

  • 4 se7en // Aug 23, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Thank you Christina, They are a lot of fun… and actually work!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 5 se7en // Aug 23, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Thank you Jeanine… Glad you liked them… I have no idea where my kids get all their ideas from, I will definitely look out for the newspaper/tape shoes. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

  • 6 se7en // Aug 23, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Hay Nita, Good to hear from you… Won’t it be funny if our little shoemaker grows up to be a shoemaker. She has had so much fun making shoes this last couple of months. Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 7 cat@jugglingact // Aug 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Love love love it!
    cat@jugglingact´s last blog post ..The day I was so very proud of my kids

  • 8 creativejewishmom/sara // Aug 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Adorable, and SO very happy to see you back on craft schooling Sunday, it’s been a long time! I was just in NYC and stopped into a natural body care store of a brand called Rain, from South Africa, lovely products, and though of you! Great to reconnect!

  • 9 se7en // Sep 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I know, Creative Jewish Mum, It has been a while. But hopefully we are back in action… How lovely is it that you discovered Rain, we love it too!!! Hope you have a great week too.

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