Annemarie Timmins, 29, first got the idea to upcycle her shoes after watching a tutorial on decoupage - the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it - online.
Taking an old pair of white pointed court shoes from New Look, and buying two children's Disney Princess magazines, some satin glue and waterproof spray, Annemarie set to work.
"I am not the most artistic person so having seen the process look quite simple, I thought I would give it a try," the primary school teacher from Leicester told Tyla. "I decided to combine my love of Disney and unusual shoes!"
Explaining to process, Annemarie said she began by cutting out lots of pictures from Disney Princess magazines she purchased online.
"I used lots of different shapes and sizes to ensure that there were enough to cover the shoe and the smaller ones help to place in trickier areas, particularly near the heel," she says.
Next, taking her leather shoe, she "carefully glued each picture on individually and then coated the front of the picture too."
To do this, Annemarie used Mod Podge Satin Glue, which is currently selling on eBay for £8. "I have trialled this with standard PVA glue but the pictures tended to crease, that is why I used Mod Podge glue instead," she explained.
Annemarie then continued to strategically add more pictures with some overlapping for effect. "I repeated the process until the shoes were completely covered and left no gaps - a bit like a create your own puzzle," she says.
"I then left them to dry for a couple of hours and then coated each shoe approximately 10 times (leaving approximately an hour in-between each coat) with the Mod podge glue to ensure that the pictures did not peel off and to strengthen the design."
Finally, when the shoes were completely dry, she coated then three times each with waterproof spray. She used Odo Trainer Protector which you can also purchase from eBay for £7.95.
In total, Annemarie says the process took her roughly three days to complete.
"I understand that they may not be everyone's personal preference but this has become a great hobby of mine and has really supported my well-being during lockdown," she tells Tyla.
Well we think the final result is brilliant! And what better way to spend your lockdown that Disney-fying your old shoes?
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