Pardon the bad pun in the title, but I just couldn’t resist. I’m so very excited to share with you a fun make-do-and-mend project. If you’re not familiar with “make-do-and-mend”, it’s just an old fashioned term for DIY, and I love me some DIY especially when it combines sweets and shoes!
This project comes from fellow vintage living blogger, Miss Amy May. If you’re not currently subscribed to her blog or following her on social media, I highly recommend you do so. I had never heard of Shoe Bakery until I read Amy’s post. While their shoes are adorable works of art, they’re a little over the top for my taste. I’m a “less is more” kind of gal. The shoes that I really fell in love with were the ones Amy made herself, and so I decided to take a crack at making a pair.
I don’t wan’t to reinvent the wheel, so I’m just going to link back to the original post here, plus add a few things I did differently, and share my supply list for the American crowd. So, without further adieu, I give you my version of Miss Amy May’s version of Shoe Bakery’s Ice Cream Sundae shoes.
- Shoes you’d like to decorate (For an ice cream cone look, you’ll want nude or tan shoes with an exposed platform)
- Calking gun
- White silicone calk (I used HDX brand from Home Depot)
- Wax paper
- Butter knife or cheese spreader (one you will not be using again)
- “Chocolate Jimmies” clay sprinkles (I purchased mine on Etsy)
- Cherries (you can find these at Walmart, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby)
- Masking or electrical tape
- Piping tips (I used the medium star shape. Again, these will not be used for food…ever)
- Toothpick or bamboo skewer
- Rubbing alcohol
- Modge Podge (Gloss and Outdoor respectively)
- Fine red glitter
- Paint brushes with synthetic bristles
Directions Part 1:
I basically followed Amy’s tutorial with a few exceptions:
- I used wax paper instead of news paper for my work surface.
- Because I don’t have the most steady of hands (translation: I’m a colossal klutz), I taped off the edges of my shoes where I didn’t want the calking to get to. This made clean up much easier…and I still made a mess.
- The Q-tips and rubbing alcohol are for clean up. If you smudge, spill, or otherwise get calking where you don’t want it, clean it up before it dries.
- I also taped my piping tip directly to my calking tube as I was fresh out of pastry bags.
- When the calk was still wet, I sprinkled on my jimmies and then used a bamboo skewer to gently push them into the calk for a better hold.
- Finally, I painted over the calked bits with outdoor Mod Podge. I wanted to be sure I could wipe my shoes clean if needed and the Mod Podge helps keep my jimmies in place.
Directions Part 2:
For this bit I followed a tutorial for glitter soles I found on Pinterest. There were a lot of them, and they all used the same method. You want to be sure your calking and Mod Podge are completely dry before doing this bit. Once glitter gets onto a wet surface, there’s no going back! I also taped off the “whipped cream” bit to keep it as clean as possible. Or, even better still, do the glitter soles first, then do the frosting part.
One thing I notice was that the glitter and Mod Podge did tend to get a bit clumpy.While I don’t mind how it turned out, next time I think I’ll just do the single coat of glitter without going over it again.
And there you have it! Adorable custom shoes that will have everyone begging to know where you bought them. How gratifying will it be to say, “I didn’t buy them, I made them”?!
I’d love to see what you come up with. Tag me in your Sundae Shoes images on instagram!