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Our kids love to experiment with things like slime and different crafts.   It came as no surprise when our son mentioned that he wanted to try making tie-dye sneakers.  He is so fun & creative, so I should have seen this one coming when we saw someone wearing them on the ferry last year in NYC. 🙂  (Picture below)

becky jack & beau

To make these shoes…

  • Canvas shoes
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A sponge or dropper
  • Sharpies
  • Newspaper
  • Bowl
  • To get colors to run together, color across the shoe with several colors, and immediately drip the rubbing alcohol over the color with the dropper or sponge.

    The more rubbing alcohol, the more it spreads.   Don’t wait long or the marker will dry and will not run.

That’s all there is.  You could make any patterns (hearts, circles, etc…) and it will certainly be beautiful!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I was just curious, because I really want to let my girls make these themselves, what if they get wet after the marker dries? Is there a way to waterproof them so the color won’t run after they’re done with their creations? Thank you. This is such a great idea!

  2. Brilliant! My mom just sent me your video; what fun! I want to make these with my honey’s Grandma who has Alzheimer’s. I think she will love them! But we would definitely need to find a way to waterproof them for her. Any tests yet? I wonder how Scotch Guard would work? Maybe I’ll do a test on a piece of canvas and report back. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!