Kid Craft: Handpainted Sneakers

Kid craft: handpainted sneakers

I am always on the look out for fun crafts to do with Rowan. When I saw this post over on A Beautiful Mess a little while ago, I thought this would be great! Besides, painted sneakers would look a million times better on her than me. I found some plain white canvas sneakers at Walmart for $5. $5!!! You really can’t go wrong with that price. I think we might be making hundreds of painted shoes this summer. We woke up to a very grey, rainy and cold day today so what better way to brighten our spirits than bright colored paints. Rowan is pretty head over heels in love with them. She hasn’t taken them off yet.

Paint Smock
Craft Paint (I love Martha Stewart!)
White Canvas Sneakers
Paint Brushes



I added the paint to mugs and then watered them down a little bit. I wanted a more watercolor feel. Plus, it helps when it’s watery because Rowan loves to glob on the paint. Thinner paint goes on way easier for a toddler and then we don’t waste a bunch of paint. I also put a paint brush in each color so there is no mixing of brushes in different colors. I just kind of let her have at it for a while. When they dried I colored part of them black with a sharpie. I debated added polka dots but decided to just leave them be. Super cute! Super fun!







It’s so cute to see her so proud of the things she makes. It is always the first thing she tells Kev when he comes home. She usually goes running when she hears the garage door open yelling “Daddy! Look! Look! We did Crawfts!” Love her.

  1. These are great! I’m definitely putting them on our summer to-do list.

  2. Jennifer •

    I may have to go to Walmart and see if they have some in my size! I feel like I need to do this for myself! Super adorable.

  3. I love that you let her do the painting herself. They turned out FAB!

  4. What a great idea. I am going to try this with my niece.

  5. Cwafts!!! That’s so cute it makes my heart melt. They turned out so well! I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw them for sale somewhere… Haha.

  6. I am actually thankful to the holder of this web page who
    has shared this great paragraph at here.

  7. Aw. Crawfts! What a cutie and I think it’s great you do things like this with Rowan… hope to do that with my kids one day too. Happy Friday to you Jen! xo V

  8. This is sooo cute!! What a neat project. She must be so proud whenever she sports those kicks!

  9. CUTE!!! They have a pretty impressionist floral pattern, I love it!! And it’s so great that you craft things with her that are actually useful… I bet she learns so much from that! πŸ™‚

  10. Such a cute idea! Rowan did great!

    xo Jennifer

  11. Love these! Thinking I could take this one on for Levi for sure. What a simple, fun project!

  12. Mari Vicky •

    Super cool! Might just try to do it for myself. πŸ™‚

  13. These are so cool!

  14. I can’t wait to do this with my little girl! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  15. I just love this idea! Can’t wait to get the supplies and paint some shoes with my little girl. Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. awww I love this idea so much. The shoes turned out exceptional πŸ™‚

  17. Absolutely adorable! I am forwarding this on to some of my mama friends!

  18. Mónica •

    I also do a lot of crafts with them …. This winter has been very productive in terms of craft. We have never tried to paint shoes or shirts …. surely now seeing the result of the shoes so pretty, have been amazing. Kisses and happy Monday.

  19. Those are unbelievably cute. She did an amazing job πŸ™‚

    I always forget about easy crafts like this and I shouldn’t. Heaven knows I’ve taught enough little kids over the years, LOL. Think this time, though, I’m going to be making some of these for myself. They’ll look awesome with my new light green capris πŸ™‚

    Lovely blog, btw. Came here from Apartment Therapy.

  20. So darling! I love that she’s so proud of them, too! I can’t wait to do something like this with my daughter. We are going to have so much fun with “cwafts!”
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. oh these are great!! i want to make them for myself!

  22. Those shoes are adorable! I love DIY stuff and craftmanship. I would like to try making one for my son. Aside from the brush and paint, are there any other supplies i need to make one handpainted sneakers?

  23. Gabriela •

    AHHH! I love how your daughter is the artist here and its not one of those “kids crafts” that only the parents do for their child. the child is the actual artist! LOVE IT!

Leave a Comment

Hi, I'm Jen!

Welcome to my personal lifestyle blog. It features topics such as motherhood, family life, fashion, cooking, and all sorts of adventures. I hope you enjoy what you find!

Jen Loves Kev