Tuesday, 26 April 2011

DIY Colour Block Wedges

I'm not usually on for trying to dress 'on trend', but one of the trends for this summer I actually really like and I want to embrace is colour blocking. Problem is, my wardrobe revolves around the colour black, and I don't really own any bright clothing!

The only way around this I can think of of adding some colour to my wardrobe without spending any money at the moment is through DIY. 
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I decided to revamp an old pair of wedges (something else which is bang on trend at the moment!) by giving them a really bright block colour heel. 
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I was wearing these shoes when I went to see The Pretty Reckless last year and I must have caught them on something as some of the heel material had lifted off. I had only worn these shoes a few times, but I could not work out how to repair them so I had not thrown them away. I'm using an old pair of shoes, but you can follow the tutorial with a cheap pair of new shoes if you don't have anything suitable that has been kicked to the back of your wardrobe. 
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First you need to protect the material around where you will be painting from any stray paint. Making a line with the edges of pieces of tape will also help you achieve a cleaner line. Try and use either masking tape or the least sticky tape as possible so you won't damage or pull the material the upper of your shoe is made of when it is time to pull the tape off later. 
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Depending on the pigment of the acrylic and what colour you are using you'll need anything between 3-6  layers of paint, waiting for the paint to dry between coats. I used 5 coats. 
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Carefully remove the tape. If you've gone over the edge somewhere, or you lines need a bit of tidying up, and you're using a pair of suede shoes, mistakes can easily be corrected with a sharp craft knife and a lot of patience by scraping gently and running the blade along the join between wedge and material upper. 
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And voila! What do you think? I'm hoping they will feature in an outfit post very soon!

45 comments:

  1. i absolutely LOVE wedges & you've added such a pop-out color!!! nice job^__^highfive from gabbie@5amjetaime.com

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  2. What an amazing idea! I think they look great. Very bright and perfect for the sun we're lucky to have at the moment. Great job! x

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  3. that's color! I loved it!

    http://pinkandlovecolada.blogspot.com/

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  4. Wow. I love the idea of this its amazing. Can't wait for you to show them in your post.
    http://ohsopetite.blogspot.com/ ♥

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  5. Oooo, sounds like a fun tutorial!! Your ones came out great. I bought wedges from a charity shop once, with a not so great wedge on them. Will have to try this.

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  6. wow :) they turned out so cool :) great blog

    xoxo

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  7. I have those shoes haha! Good ol' Topshop. This is a great idea, they would look killer with a bright pink too don't you think? Great post x

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  8. @ This Fashion Lark - god I wish I'd had some bright pink paint! If you catch yours and paint them, or decide to paint them anyway, please send me some photos!

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  9. That's a great DIY! I like it a lot.


    www.fairydah.net

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  10. Very creative and a great way to salvage the shoes!

    In Fashion and Style

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  11. Great post. If you like my blog, follow me. I'll follow you too...

    Alla moda e con stile

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  12. I think this is a brilliant idea that not only applies to wedges but to thinner heels that need a facelift! I might have to do this to a pair of pumps...thanks for the inspiration!

    http://www.diyainherstilettos.com/

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  13. Oh love the heels! I think I'm deffo going to embrace the colour blocking! xxxxxx

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  14. Great DIY idea, can't wait to see how you style them up!

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  15. I love the outcome of your wedges - the yellow is a gorgeous colour, and I can't wait to see them in an outfit!

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  16. WOW!!! You had a great idea (and made a great work)!
    xoxo
    S


    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  17. Amazing! I love yellow:D

    /filippafreak.devote.se
    xx

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  18. amazing! i love seeing blogger DIY projects, incredible :) xx

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  19. wow!!!!!!!!! This is fantastic diy idea. the new yellow wedges look amazing! Oh, you'll have a wonderful time in London :D xoxo

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  20. Great DIY, can't wait to try this myself and see what you wear with them.

    Dearest,
    Fashion Nostalgia

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  21. vibrant thang! i love it!


    http://memyclothesni.blogspot.com

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  23. hahaha. nice! this is what i also did to one of my wedges:D

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  24. How clever is this! And I love that you picked yellow too--so perfect! xoxoxox

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  25. They turned out great! I can't wait to see them in an outfit post:)

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  26. WOW,great idea!!!Thanks for sharing!
    http://chiccastyle.blogspot.com/

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  27. haha I was dreaming with a pair of yellow wedges! Amazed!
    Now I wanna see you rocking an outfit with them!






    LA

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  28. Such a good idea, can't wait to see how you wear them :)

    Maria xxx

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  29. Fantastic idea and a real money saver I'm sure!

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  30. that is one super cool diy! very stylish! these wedges defenately got an upgrade!

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  31. Such a great idea!!! Great blog- following you :)

    www.lovelywanderlust.com

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  32. such a clever idea! They look fab.

    Helen, X
    areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  33. I love the way you revamped these wedges! The pop of yellow is definitely a great touch :)

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  34. This is really cute!!! Great job and idea <3

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  35. great work, i love a great DIY!! perfect. xx

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  36. This is such a great idea! Way to remix and turn it into something new and awesome :) I'm excited to see how you put this into an outfit.

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  37. OMG, all my shoes look like that, all mangled and scuffed. What a great idea!

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  38. This is SUCH a good idea. I was thinking only yesterday that I have so many pairs of shoes that I could customise so I would like them more. May have to have a go at this!

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  39. Great idea! A simple way to bring life into the shoes!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  40. Radical! I love love love the way they turned out!
    xx
    Michaella
    fashionableunicorn.blogspot.com

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