Tutorial :: DIY Sharpie Doodle Shoes

Doodle Shoes

Want to know how to make your plain canvas shoes more interesting?  These shoes are super easy and are definitely an attention grabger.  I get asked often where I purchased these shoes, or did you really make those?  Doodle Shoes

Doodle Shoes

Doodle Shoes

They are super simple, they just require a few materials and some time.  Here goes the tutorial:


  • canvas shoes (I purchased my shoes for under $7 at Wal Mart)
  • sharpies (one black fine tip sharpie and one broad tip colored sharpie)

Doodle Shoes


    • Color just the toe box of each of your shoes.  Go over the toe box a few times to ensure you have a nice even color.
    • Grab your fine tip sharpie and doodle to your hearts content.  This can be as intricate or as basic as you would like.  If you are getting stuck, search doodle ideas and browse through images to get your creative gears churning.  This step is the most time consuming, but also the most fun!

That’s it…put on your new shoes and wear them around!

Doodle Shoes

P.S.  I wore these out in the rain and the colors did not fade…they should be great to wear in any weather!

P.P.S.  I just opened a tiwtter account…want to follow me?  I’m @dandeliondrift

  • http://www.nearestthepinblog.wordpress.com Renee //nearest the pin

    Yikes, you are seriously artistic!! Mine would never look that cool. Love them :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee…it actually was a ton of fun doodling. It reminded me of being in college, or way back to high school when I would doodle while taking notes!

  • http://www.sewmccool.com Deanna {sewmccool}

    Adorable! My tween and teen will have a lot of fun creating their own doodles! Thanks for the idea!

    • Teresa

      Yay…I hope they make some doodle shoes! The kids at youth group have been loving these shoes!

  • http://onceuponasewingmachine.com Rachel

    Will you make me a pair? lol I dont think mine would turn out so professional looking!

    • Teresa

      Any time….I’ll send them right on over to you!!!

      • Ashley

        Is this an option? mine would never look that neat!

      • Teresa

        Ha…sure Ashley! But I bet you could do it!

  • http://www.cutcutsew.com Kelly

    Oooo, those are some awesome looking doodles! What a fun idea :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Kelly! Your awesome!

  • http://www.atopserenityhill.com Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill

    These are great!! I started a pinterest board just so I could have all my inspiration in one place! I might have to try this project!!

    • Teresa

      Oh I hope you do try them! I’m off to check out your pinterest board!

  • http://www.jellibeanjournals.com Jelli

    Love this! I did something similar to a pair of jeans in high school and loved the result. Looks really great. You’re a much more creative doodler than I. Pinning.

    • Teresa

      Oh fun, I love the idea of doing this on jeans!

  • http://whileshesleeping.blogspot.com.au/ Jenya

    These are cool as! I am so bad at drawing no one wold tall if it was me or Little Monkey haha

    • Teresa

      You don’t have to be a good drawer to doodle, anyone can do it!!!

  • http://www.koltureshoq.wordpress.com Omo

    Great work Teressa. I would like to try this on pink and blue sneakers which are now a bit off color. I hope it turns out well. though. Will any other permanent marker work instead of Sharpies? Plus I’m scared of the colors running.

    • http://www.dandeliondrift.com Teresa

      I’ve seen people use other markers, but I haven’t tried them out. The sharpies don’t run though. I’ve tested them out in the rain :)

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  • Bonita

    I’ve done this on old white tennis shoes and they look almost new. I’ve also did a pair of red tennis shoes.They turned out great.

    • Teresa

      Oh cool…I’d love to see a pic!

  • http://girlwithasewingmachine.wordpress.com Lala

    Wow! Really cute! I would buy these if I see them in a shop :)

    • http://www.dandeliondrift.com Teresa

      Thanks Lala!!!

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  • http://elizathreads.wordpress.com Eliza

    What a fabulous idea! Can’t wait to do this with my kids

  • http://yahoo.com Trisha

    me and my friend tried to do the shoes and they don’t look as great as yours does. Your very creative thanks for the idea

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