How to Make Baby Converse Shoes Out of Fondant

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How to Make Baby Converse Shoes Out of Fondant
Converse sneakers have become synonmous with children's footwear, and now as a cake decoration. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Converse shoes have been a popular basketball shoe since the 1970s, but has become synonymous with childhood footwear in recent decades. The most commonly seen Converse sneaker is the "Chuck Taylor" high-top and it comes in a variety of colours. Recently, cake decorators have taken to creating fondant Converse sneakers as cake decorations, specifically for baby showers.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 510gr fondant
  • Edible glue
  • Edible paint
  • Waxed paper
  • Small paint brush
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Fork
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Roll out a piece of fondant to roughly 1/4 inch thick on a marble slab. A marble counter top will work fine as well. Make sure the room is cool and comfortable before attempting to roll the fondant out.

  2. 2

    Cut out two ovals using an X-ACTO knife. Create an "arch" by trimming a semicircle shape off of each oval along the side. Cut the arch on opposite sides of the two ovals to create a "left" and a "right" shoe. Cover the fondant with waxed paper and put it off to the side.

  3. 3

    Cut out a four squares using an X-ACTO knife. Using your knife, trim the top left corner of one section into an angle. Repeat the process for each of the sections. This will create the side of the shoe. Do the same thing for another square.

  4. 4

    Lay the side pieces on a flat surface. Using a needle, create "lines" along the side with the angle to create stitching. Use the same fork to create holes in the fondant for the laces.

  5. 5

    Take two of the side pieces and stick them together with a dab of water or edible glue at the flat, back edge to create a seam. Put them off to the side for a moment.

  6. 6

    Cut out a bell shape that curved on the bottom using an X-ACTO knife. The top should be rounded and the bottom should flare out. This will become the tongue of the shoe.

  7. 7

    Take one of the ovals you created and lay it out on a flat, clean surface. Cut a small amount of fondant out and using a dab of water, "glue" it to the inside of the sole. The ball will be facing upward at you.

  8. 8

    Shape the bell over the ball of fondant to look like a toe box. This will take some tweaking. Secure it in place with edible glue.

  9. 9

    Wrap the two side pieces you glued together earlier around the rim of the "sole" and tongue. Secure it in place with edible glue. Push down on the fondant at the meeting point of the sole and the side of the shoe to make sure it is well connected.

  10. 10

    Cut out a small strip of fondant and roll it out to 1/8 inch thick. Create a loop with the strip of fondant. Dab the back of the loop with edible glue and secure it to the back seam -- where you connected the two side pieces. Hold in place until it is securely stuck.

  11. 11

    Cut out a strip of fondant, once again 1/8 inch thick. Lay it flat in front of you and use a fork to create lines across the entirety of the strip. Dab edible glue along the back portion of the fondant (the portion without fork marks) and wrap it around the base of the shoe to create the outer sole.

  12. 12

    Cut out small strips of fondant and roll them to create a thin rope. Cut the rope into two equal parts and create an "X" shape with them. Place them over the tongue of the shoe and push in at the holes you created on the side to make it appear that the shoes are laced. Continue the process for as many lace holes as you created.

  13. 13

    Paint the Converse logo on the side of the shoe for detail using edible paints and a small paint brush. Further decorate as you see fit.

Tips and warnings

  • Fondant is easily affected by temperature. Make sure the room is cool and dry to avoid a sticky product.

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