How to Decorate Canvas Tennis Shoes With Swarovski Crystals

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How to Decorate Canvas Tennis Shoes With Swarovski Crystals
Dress up boring canvas shoes with crystals. (ballyscanlon/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Glam up a pair of plain canvas tennis shoes with sparkling Swarovski crystals. You can transform everyday sneakers into fashionable shoes using a few basic craft items. Design the shoes as personalised gifts for friends and family members. Customise the tennis shoes to reflect the recipients' preferred colours and designs. You can create boutique-worthy crystal-encrusted tennis shoes in a matter of minutes. If you're feeling crafty, create a pair to match each of your favourite outfits.

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Things you need

  • Canvas tennis shoes
  • Damp cloth
  • Pencil
  • Newspaper
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Tweezers
  • Flat-backed Swarovski crystals

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  1. 1

    Brush the canvas tennis shoes with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Allow the shoes to air dry.

  2. 2

    Use a pencil to lightly mark out the patterns you want to make on the tennis shoes. Design flower, heart, sun, bird, rainbow or any other patterns you want to create on the shoe with the flat-backed Swarovski crystals.

  3. 3

    Place the Swarovski crystals gem-side-up on a plate. Cover the work surface with a sheet of protective newspaper.

  4. 4

    Insert a glue stick into a hot glue gun and turn the machine on. When the glue gun is hot, squeeze the trigger and apply a dot of glue over the pencilled-in design.

  5. 5

    Grasp a crystal with a pair of tweezers. Press the crystal's flat back onto the dot of glue. Continue this process until the entire design is filled in with crystals.

  6. 6

    Allow the glue to set for 24 hours before wearing the embellished tennis shoes.

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