How to Tie Dye Shoes: DIY Rainbow Sneakers

These DIY Rainbow Sneakers are sponsored by Tulip. All opinions are ours alone.

Fellow rainbow lovers, unite!

It should come as no surprise that we are rainbow obsessed here at the PLG (we have made them from/out of paper chains, felt, pinatas, wind chimes, embroidery and more!), so it was time to walk the walk and make some rainbows for our feet.

Today we’ll show you how to make tie dye rainbow sneakers a couple of different ways so you can rock the rainbow in a style that fits your vibe. Plus, these sneakers are perfect for whipping up for pride celebrations and parades! 

Here’s what you need to make your own: 

Supplies needed to make DIY Rainbow Sneakers

White canvas sneakers
Tie dye
Paint brush

How to make DIY Rainbow Sneakers

Step 1: Remove the shoe laces and set them aside.

Step 2: Mix the dye according to package directions. We used pink, orange, yellow, green, and turquoise. 

Tip: Test your dye colors on paper towels before applying to your shoes. We diluted a few of the colors with water to achieve lighter hues.

Step 3: Apply a line of pink dye along the front edge of the shoe.

Tip: Keep a paper towel handy so you can wipe off any dye that gets on the rubber toe or sole.

Step 4: Use a damp paintbrush (we recommend one at least a couple inches wide) to brush the dye outward/upward to a gradual fade.

Step 5: Apply a line of orange dye across the shoe near the end of the pink section. Brush the dye out on each side (toward the pink and toward the white) until you’ve achieved a good blend.

Step 6: Repeat with each color, rinsing the brush between colors, and brushing each color into the colors before and after it.

Step 7: Let the dye dry completely.  

Step 7 (optional): Paint the bottom of the shoes with acrylic paint. (We can’t say this will hold up, but look how cute!)

Step 8: Put the laces back on the shoes.

How to Tie Dye Shoe Laces

In case you are looking for a more subtle version of rainbow shoes, you can follow the same process on just the laces!

Step 1: Remove the laces and brush the colors on, blending as you go.

Step 2: Let the laces dry completely, and then put them back on your shoes. We added a pin for a little extra embellishment, and we also love the idea of using fabric markers or paint, heat transfer vinyl, or an iron on patch to customize them even more!

Which style is your favorite?

Happy making!

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