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Mod Podge Shoes with One of These Genius Ideas

Mod Podge shoes are a great way to revamp your wardrobe on a budget. Here are 20+ inspirational ideas – pick your favorite DIY decoupage shoes project and get crafty!

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a bonus video for adding a no sew cuff to boots with Mod Podge.

Skills Required: Advanced Beginner. I believe it’s probably best to have some experience with Mod Podge given that you’re going to have to work around the shape of shoes and seams.

Make Mod Podge Shoes

You are going to laugh – I’ve only Mod Podged shoes a few times – once for my book, Mod Podge Rocks. BUT I have a pair of heels as we speak that are ready to be Podged.

Decoupage Shoes

There are so many reasons to Mod Podge shoes. You can customize them to fit your personality, you’re upcycling, AND it’s the perfect budget craft.

Before we dig in, you might have some questions about decoupage shoes, and I’m more than happy to answer them.

Learn how to decoupage shoes

FAQ for Decoupage Shoes

What Can I Mod Podge on Shoes?

I’ve seen it all, my friends – napkins, fabric, paper. I’ll say that cotton or cotton blend fabrics work better than poly fabrics in my opinion. I’m also not a big fan of silk or felt because it discolors and gets a weird texture.

I always go for medium weight or thinner when Mod Podging shoes because you have to go around a lot of round edges.

You’ll see in the tutorials below that some people use very thin items, even napkins, to decoupage shoes. If that’s the case, keep in mind that you might be able to see the background through the item when you Mod Podge it down (so you might want to paint your shoes white or use white shoes).

Collage of shoes

Which Formula Do I Use?

If I had to choose one formula, it would be Fabric Mod Podge. It’s highly water resistant (just like Mod Podge Outdoor), and it’s made for bonding fabric to fabric, which is a likely scenario if you are going to decoupage shoes.

Outdoor Mod Podge is a close second, but it’s thicker and therefore harder to work with. Technically you can use the regular formulas (Gloss or Matte), but those aren’t made for exposure to water so you need to seal them very well.

How Do I Seal Them?

If you use Fabric Mod Podge you can leave them as-is. It might take awhile for them to fully cure and the tackiness to go away, especially depending on the climate you live in.

Therefore I’m a big fan of spraying or brushing on a clear acrylic sealer in the finish of your choice (Gloss, Satin, or Matte). Minwax Polycrylic is a big favorite with a lot of people. You can really use anything – just make sure it’s clear, and acrylic.

I always do it because hey, there’s nothing wrong with making the shoes even more durable.

Can I Make them Waterproof?

To make them completely waterproof, you’ll need an additional sealer that is completely waterproof. Buy something from the hardware store like an engine enamel or something similar that is clear. Mod Podge is highly water resistant but not waterproof; learn more here.

Are you ready to jump into the tutorials??

Some of these decoupage shoes are easier than others (go for glitter if you’re a newbie to Mod Podge) but all are amazing. I can’t wait to Mod Podge my own shoes and share with you. In the meantime, enjoy these 20+ Mod Podge shoe projects!

Mod Podge Shoes

If you want to try some decoupage shoes, you're going to love these options! You'll use Mod Podge with glitter, fabric, napkins, paint, and a variety of other materials to decorate your kicks.


Which pair of Mod Podge shoes is your favorite? I’d love to know in the comments! Also for the bonus video – just click play on the video in this post!

Gail

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

After you cover how you keep them from cracking like the boots.

Rachel

Friday 4th of February 2022

I've Mod Podged paper napkins (or anything paper) on sneakers & canvas shoes many times over the years. They aren't something you want to wear on a regular basis if you want to keep them for a while. I just use a cheapie pair from Walmart, Dollar General or Family Dollar because they are basically disposable. The areas on your shoes, where your feet bend & you get the creases will eventually cause the paper to crack & peel because everything becomes kind of stiff when the Mod Podge dries. Using a printed fabric & fabric Mod Podge is always a better option if you can. They will flex better & last longer. Either way I have found if I put the MP & napkins/fabric down, a decent top coat of MP then let them dry, it's easier to cut the excess off & clean them up w/an Xacto knife. After that I use another good coat of MP.

Amy

Friday 4th of February 2022

Great tips, thank you Rachel!! :D

Shell

Sunday 13th of October 2013

Hi, Im completely new to this - stumbled across it when looking on how to upstyle my wedding shoes. Can you do paper on satin shoes? If so what products would I need to get started.? I really want original wedding shoes - that little be of the quirky me hiding under my traditional dress :-)

Amy

Sunday 13th of October 2013

Hi Shell! I don't recommend paper on Satin - fabric would work. So I'd use fabric, any type of Mod Podge (gloss or matte) and then some brush on sealer.

shelly

Thursday 26th of September 2013

Hi...k..love these!...want to cover beat up pleather...yes.pleather cowboy boots, w fabric...my question is...how do I make them last...they will be worn in all weather and worn hard (not like a cute pair of dress shoes)....what if anything will make them durable in autumn/winter weather...thanks for the great tutorials....please send me an email as I may not b able to look here for a response

Danielle

Tuesday 23rd of July 2013

Hi. I want to make fabric shoes with fabric for my wedding. i got these shoes on sale and the are man-made satin. will the modge podge work?

Amy

Tuesday 23rd of July 2013

Hi Danielle! I think so - but you need to do a small test in the least visible area possible. The reason I say that is because I'm not sure what "man made" satin entails. :D Good luck!