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Upcycle Old Shoes with Bandanas - Gothic Chic - A Demo

Updated on September 12, 2014

Up-cycled bandanna chain heels

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Scary cool skull shoes or just plain odd?

This lens will walk you through how the scary boo skull shoes in the picture were spawned this very night.

What started out ultra geek just became Gothic chic. Give a gander to the picture galleries and follow along to see how these old, scuffed, out of fashion, yet most comfortable mules got a major makeover using bandannas.

I had these ugly brown shoes for at least six or seven years. They were not high ranking on my fashion radar. However, being as I was literally running on my feet all day keeping up with teens, comfort kicked fashions slim and trim behind when it came time to get them.

The chain shoe laces on the front of the Gothic skull heels

Gothic chic upcycle with bandannas
Gothic chic upcycle with bandannas | Source

I have been having a blast with bandanna crafts of late.

But, these take the cake, blood red velvet cake maybe, but cake nonetheless.

They are still drying as I type and were wet yet in the photographs, but still, I'm in horror fashion heaven. I love the weird and strange, odd you might even say, so naturally the scary season suits me just fine.

They may be odd in more ways than just appearance. They cost me about $4.50 to upcycle. How cool is that! The bandannas were a buck each and the chain ran $2.50. I already had the studs and glue. Woo and big time hoo.

Ha ha. I'm doing the happy dance.

Upcycled shoes from bandannas - Gothic Chic
Upcycled shoes from bandannas - Gothic Chic | Source

Watch how these scary shoes were spawned in the gallery below.

Detailed instructions accompany the pictures. It's not hard at all. Scope it out.

Footage of the skull shoes being spawned is in the picture directions.

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Needed: Shoes, bandannas, scissors, acrylic paint, paint brushes, glue gun, Mod Podge, chain ribbon and 12 studs.First up, using the small paintbrush, paint the soles, bottom edges and heels of the shoes to cover up all those nasty scuff marks.Give it a few minutes to dry. Then, get a bandanna. I cut mine in half and still had a lot of scraps left over.Center the pattern where there is roughly equal amounts of overlap for the sides. Glue down starting at the front of the toe just above the seam.Repeat the process for each side. Fold over at the top and glue inside the shoe.Cut pieces for the sides. Try to get a seam line to go over the sole for a more finished look. If not, fold over the fabric where you glue.Trim up any excess leaving at least half an inch to fold over and glue down inside the shoe.Grab a scrap. Cut it and line the inside sole of the shoe.Repeat for the other shoe. Add copious amounts of Mod Podge. I did three coats. About half an hour later it was dry enough to work with.
Needed: Shoes, bandannas, scissors, acrylic paint, paint brushes, glue gun, Mod Podge, chain ribbon and 12 studs.
Needed: Shoes, bandannas, scissors, acrylic paint, paint brushes, glue gun, Mod Podge, chain ribbon and 12 studs. | Source
First up, using the small paintbrush, paint the soles, bottom edges and heels of the shoes to cover up all those nasty scuff marks.
First up, using the small paintbrush, paint the soles, bottom edges and heels of the shoes to cover up all those nasty scuff marks. | Source
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Give it a few minutes to dry. Then, get a bandanna. I cut mine in half and still had a lot of scraps left over.
Give it a few minutes to dry. Then, get a bandanna. I cut mine in half and still had a lot of scraps left over. | Source
Center the pattern where there is roughly equal amounts of overlap for the sides. Glue down starting at the front of the toe just above the seam.
Center the pattern where there is roughly equal amounts of overlap for the sides. Glue down starting at the front of the toe just above the seam. | Source
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Repeat the process for each side. Fold over at the top and glue inside the shoe.
Repeat the process for each side. Fold over at the top and glue inside the shoe. | Source
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Cut pieces for the sides. Try to get a seam line to go over the sole for a more finished look. If not, fold over the fabric where you glue.
Cut pieces for the sides. Try to get a seam line to go over the sole for a more finished look. If not, fold over the fabric where you glue. | Source
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Trim up any excess leaving at least half an inch to fold over and glue down inside the shoe.
Trim up any excess leaving at least half an inch to fold over and glue down inside the shoe. | Source
Grab a scrap. Cut it and line the inside sole of the shoe.
Grab a scrap. Cut it and line the inside sole of the shoe. | Source
Repeat for the other shoe. Add copious amounts of Mod Podge. I did three coats. About half an hour later it was dry enough to work with.
Repeat for the other shoe. Add copious amounts of Mod Podge. I did three coats. About half an hour later it was dry enough to work with. | Source
Bandana skull upcycle mule shoes
Bandana skull upcycle mule shoes | Source

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DIY or from the mall? HM. Some things are hard to find at the mall.

There are a few stores offering scary, gothic type stuff at the mall around where I am, but not many. Worse, what is there is so over priced as to be laughable.

Who needs it? It's pretty easy to do your own. You could even go so far as to make a matching halter or skirt that would be a one of a kind original with matching shoes. It's just a thought.

Now, lets check out how to do the chain shoe laces and trim.

Scary skull upcycled shoes
Scary skull upcycled shoes | Source

How to make the chains look like crossed shoe laces.

It's really easy. All you need is 12 studs and some chain ribbon. I used prong studs but you could just as easily glue them on. I like the prongs because it allowed me to place the chain ribbon under the stud and affix it simply by inserting the prongs through the shoe.

How to do the chain shoe laces.

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Lay your chain ribbon across the bottom of the toe of the shoe with equal lengths of ribbon on each side of the mid point.Insert the studs directly over the chain ribbon to hold it in place. Now criss-cross the ribbon just like you would if you were lacing a pair of sneakers. Everywhere there would be a loop to string the lace through, affix the chain with a stud. I didTo do the little hang down parts on the sides, just drape the leftover chain at the top of the "lacing" and hot glue it down to the inside. Trim off any excess.  Be sure to have a black cat in training do a quality inspection ;).  Sammie cat here oblSweet! Brand new scary skull shoes for the scary boo season.Happy scary boo to you!
Lay your chain ribbon across the bottom of the toe of the shoe with equal lengths of ribbon on each side of the mid point.
Lay your chain ribbon across the bottom of the toe of the shoe with equal lengths of ribbon on each side of the mid point. | Source
Insert the studs directly over the chain ribbon to hold it in place. Now criss-cross the ribbon just like you would if you were lacing a pair of sneakers. Everywhere there would be a loop to string the lace through, affix the chain with a stud. I did
Insert the studs directly over the chain ribbon to hold it in place. Now criss-cross the ribbon just like you would if you were lacing a pair of sneakers. Everywhere there would be a loop to string the lace through, affix the chain with a stud. I did | Source
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To do the little hang down parts on the sides, just drape the leftover chain at the top of the "lacing" and hot glue it down to the inside. Trim off any excess.  Be sure to have a black cat in training do a quality inspection ;).  Sammie cat here obl
To do the little hang down parts on the sides, just drape the leftover chain at the top of the "lacing" and hot glue it down to the inside. Trim off any excess. Be sure to have a black cat in training do a quality inspection ;). Sammie cat here obl | Source
Sweet! Brand new scary skull shoes for the scary boo season.
Sweet! Brand new scary skull shoes for the scary boo season. | Source
Happy scary boo to you!
Happy scary boo to you! | Source

All Hallow's Eve

A night for feasting, but upon what is the question.

Late in the darkest night spawns terror in the quiet places.

An ancient mystical magic swirling about unknown faces

culminates but once a year,

All Hallow's Eve it is I fear.

That night that's been cloaked in a sugar coated lie,

a tale made to get children into the concept to buy,

to go out alone, late on that unholy and fateful night

ending up kibble for evil, no more than a mere bite!Yum...

got milk?

Vix

Coming soon... How about a matching purse?

Matching purse, to be finished soon
Matching purse, to be finished soon | Source

Find the link for making one below. Of course, it's upcycled and pretty easy to do. It uses the exact same bandannas as the shoes, so they match.

Some scary cool tunes by one of my faves, Alice Cooper. - Some people say he's odd. I say he's awesome!

I had the house rocking the entire time while working on this little up-cycle skull adventure. Check out some of my favorite scary jams to get in the crafty zone and go make something fun, functional and unique.

The one and only, the original, the first shock rocker... Alice Cooper!

Alice Cooper - Feed My Frankenstein (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA 7/21/14) uploaded to Youtube by Brian James.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Mary Crowther: Thank you. Alice is one I have always wanted to see live but have yet to do so. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @sierradawn lm: :) Thank you. They are fun because no one else has a pair just like them.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @esmonaco: Thank you so much :) God bless!

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great lens and Alice Cooper is my favorite too!

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      So amazingly unique! Love it!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Great Job, I wish I was that creative Thanks

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @marktplaatsshop: Thank you for saying, that's so sweet. They were fun. Now, I find myself looking to re-do more of my shoes ;). God bless and most happy squidding.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      You are so creative, thanks for sharing,

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you! They were so much fun and I had a hoot the other day wearing them. I love that no one else has a pair exactly like them. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @lionmom100: Thank you :) God bless!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      This is a very crafty lens, poetvix! I loved the finished product!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      This is a cool idea.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LiteraryMind: Thanks. God bless :).

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      wyzeguru 4 years ago

      Ingenious idea

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a great idea.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @wyzeguru: Thank you! :) God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Thank you! I had so much fun, I made a matching purse. I somehow lost the photos in my system but managed to retrieve them last night and hope to get them up soon. God bless and thanks bunches for the kind words.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      love you shoes! they are original

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @laurenrich: Thank you so much for taking the time to scope it out. God bless and happy squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @sbconcepts: Thank you and God bless!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Great idea. I like the new look. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      sbconcepts 4 years ago

      Love the Shoes! great lens!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: :) Thanks bunches for taking the time to read and comment. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Boo! That's as scary as I can get :) nice lens!

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      amosvee 4 years ago

      Very cute!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @kristalulabelle: Me too! I'm a shoe-a-holic. This was a lot of fun really and went faster than I thought it would. Now, I'm going through my shoes trying to figure out which ones to do next :). Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a kind and encouraging comment. God bless and most happy squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @DebW07: Thank you. God bless!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I LOVE shoes. It's kind of always been an obsession for me. So I always have a rough time throwing them out when they've been worn past their prime...my husband will hate this...but I'm not throwing them out anymore...I'm going to upcycle them! Thanks for the great tutorial, I'm so excited to try out your technique!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      This is such an unusual and original idea. Good job!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @paynui: Thank you! God bless.

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      paynui 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Its a very clever lens.