Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

I like to mix up the boys back to school wardrobe with new stuff, thrift store finds, diy sewing projects and epic upcycles.  Be sure to check out our Back-To-School looks from last year for more fun ideas.
These Darth Vader Shoes definitely fall into the epic upcycle category!  They are so easy to create, seriously if I can do it, so can YOU…

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

Old Navy recently opened in Kelowna {I could DIE we are so excited!!!} and we have been in the store a few times now, including opening day WHOOP!!  My guys are huge Star Wars fans and quickly spotted a black and white Darth Vader t-shirt that they liked.  The only problem was that it only came in toddler sizes, too small for my kiddos.  Old Navy also sells these plain, black sneakers, begging to be upcycled…. are you with me?!  
Black sneakers {$10} plus white acrylic paint equals epic DIY Darth Vader Shoes!!!

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

So the first step is to sketch a Darth Vader shape onto the shoes using a piece of chalk or chalk pen {something that you can rub off later}.  

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

I googled a “Darth Vader” image and just free handed the general shape.

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

Next paint over the sketch with acrylic paint and add details.  You can add a fabric paint medium to the acrylic paint but I find that it is not necessary.

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

Rub off any of the sketch marks and you are DONE!!

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

Easy and awesome right?!?!?

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

I need to make myself a pair now *wink*.  If you make some will you share a photo with us?  I would love to see them!!

Darth Vader Shoes Tutorial

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  1. says

    Hi Heather,

    I worked on your new theme for Emily.

    I love this idea/tutorial. I don’t always get caught up in the content of the sites I work on, as much as the layout, but your DIY crafts are amazing! 🙂

    Take care,


    • says


      My fellow Canadian! Thank you SO MUCH for all of your hard work on the new site! I love it – I hope that Emily sent you my virtual hug 😉 I really appreciate your comment, it’s all about inspiring creativity for me and this makes my day! Have a good one,


  2. Oddgothgirl says

    Such an awesome idea. I loved it when socks did this and I never thought of shoes!! (face palm DUH!) I paint shoes because I love skulls and I make jewelry (I give most of it away lol) but your site is a new “go to” site!!! Thank you so much for sharing.


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