How to Decorate Canvas Tennis Shoes With Gem Stones

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How to Decorate Canvas Tennis Shoes With Gem Stones
Plastic gems can quickly brighten plain canvas shoes. (Don Farrall/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

With an assortment of gem stones, you can turn a pair of plain canvas shoes into a work of art. Applying plastic gems to fabric shoes is an easy process that allows for plenty of creativity. Whether you want to create your own ruby encrusted slippers or simply envision a few touches of colour here and there, you can achieve your desired effect. You can combine the gems and other embellishments with fabric paint to make a colourful pair of shoes, or stick with gems alone to give centre stage to your sparkly additions.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Fabric glue
  • Plastic gems

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  1. 1

    Fill the shoes with crumpled newspaper to firm your work surface. Gems may not adhere securely to a drooping canvas surface.

  2. 2

    Mark lightly with a pencil each spot where you want to place a gem stone. Keep in mind the size of the gemstones as you make your marks, so they are not placed too closely together.

  3. 3

    Place a dab of fabric glue onto each dot. The amount of glue should correspond with the size of the gem. You will need enough glue to coat the back of gem and squeeze out a small amount on all sides from beneath it.

  4. 4

    Press the appropriate gem onto each dot of glue. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds to secure on the surface of the shoe. As the gem is pressed into the glue dot, the glue should spread to cover the entire back of the gem as well as all of the edges. If the edges are not secured with a small line of glue around the perimeter of the gem, it will fall off easily.

  5. 5

    Set the shoes to dry at least 24 hours before wearing.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to decorate the surface of the shoe with fabric paint, do this before applying the gems and allow plenty of time for the fabric paint to dry before you begin working with the glue.

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