Intern’s Corner: Refashioned newsprint shoes

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By Lindsey North, projects intern
In Volume 02 of CRAFT magazine there’s a page that shows the reader how to revamp a pair of old shoes. The author, one Yasmin Bochi, covered a pair of shoes using vintage stamps that she had collected. This inspired me to try to breathe life back into one of my favorite pairs of shoes that died from being overworked.


My Nine West flats had clearly suffered, grinding away on the concrete. After reading Yasmin’s article, I was cleaning off my table, shuffling mail and old newspapers, and I decided to resuscitate my shoes by covering them in old newsprint. So I pulled out my box of wonders and uncovered the amazing Mod Podge (good stuff), an adhesive and a sealer all in one.
After carefully ripping apart the paper, I lightly sanded my shoes so that the glue would stick better. The shoes were now prepped and ready for the decoupage. Later, as they sat by the window enjoying a light breeze, I covered them in another layer of Mod Podge to seal them. But I stupidly forgot that your foot actually bends when you walk, so … my favorite pair of shoes now hangs on the wall as a decoration and as a reminder of what all other shoes should be.
Your Craft Intern,

10 thoughts on “Intern’s Corner: Refashioned newsprint shoes

  1. Amy says:

    Holy cow! You guys have interns? Where do I apply?!

  2. Amanda says:

    I’ve tried using mod podge before on shoes. Looks great for a couple of days until the parts of the shoe that bend as you walk start taking on a white, cloudy color. Great in theory, but I think there’s probably a product better than mod podge that won’t have this bendy effect. Anybody?

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  4. lnorth says:

    You could try using a fabric glue. Fabric Glue is a little more flexible.

  5. Lindsey North says:

    You could try using a fabric glue. Fabric Glue is a little more flexible.

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