DIY Nautical Shoes

Learn how to make these nautical-inspired shoe clips.

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I’m continuing my nautical-inspired theme DIYs with these cute shoes. I first got this idea when I was shopping online for some fun summer outfits. I saw several pairs of nauti-themed embellished shoes. I decided to make some of my own that were less expensive and would have other options (more shoe clip DIYs ideas to come).

Here’s how to make these:

Supplies

Basic Supplies

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Supplies Needed:

  • Pair of striped shoes (I got mine from amazon.com, but given how popular this look is this season, you can probably find them just about anywhere)
  • Shoe clips (These can be found at Rings & Things or your local craft store)
  • Nautical type rope (I purchased a yard from a local fabric store & had some left over for future projects)
  • Heavy white thread for hand sewing (mine is vintage, but new thread can be found at fabric stores)
  • Stop fraying glue (not pictured; purchased from Joann.com)

Steps:

1. First cut your rope in half and then tie a knot.

1. First cut your rope in half and then tie a knot. The tops of the knot will form the bow.

 2. Wrap one end of the rope through one of the top hoops/bows. Wrap the other end of the rope around the center of the knot.

2. Wrap one end of the rope through one of the top hoops/bows.
Wrap the other end of the rope around the center of the knot.

 

3. As you pull each end of the rope away & tighten the knot, it should look like a bow.

3. As you pull each end of the rope away & tighten the knot, it should look like a bow.

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4. Next, make a knot at the ends of each side of the rope.

5. Since these will be on your shoes, you want them to be as secure as possible.  I hand stitched with a thick thread to secure all the knots.

5. Since these will be on your shoes, you want them to be as secure as possible.
I hand stitched with a thick thread to secure all the knots.

6. Now cut off the excess rope and snip any thread ends.

6. Cut off the excess rope and snip any thread ends.

7. Next, you are ready to attach your shoe clip. Turn your bow over and hand stitch your an open shoe clip to the back. When attaching your clip, make sure you put it on the right way so that your bows won't be upside-down on your shoes!

7. Now you are ready to attach your shoe clip. Turn your bow over and hand stitch  an open shoe clip to the back. When attaching your clip, make sure you put it on the right way so that your bows won’t be upside down on your shoes!

8. Hand stitch to tightly secure each side of the shoe clip.

8. Hand stitch to tightly secure each side of the shoe clip.

9. This step is optional. I just added a small stop fraying glue to the ends to prevent the two bottom not from coming apart. While this is drying, go ahead and make your second bow with your other half of cut rope.

9. This step is optional. I just added a small stop fraying glue to the ends of the rope to these knots from coming apart. While this is drying, go ahead and make your second bow with your other half of cut rope.

10. You should now have two very cute nautical bow shoe clips.

10. You should now have two very cute nautical bow shoe clips.

Clip them on your shoes and you are good to go!

Clip them on your shoes and you are good to go!

These shoes are great to wear in the evenings as the summer heat starts to a cool down a bit. August has just begun and I know I plan on enjoying more summer fun – time just relaxing at the beach, hosting patio cookouts, evening bike rides, and catching another beautiful sunset or two across the gorgeous Lake Erie. Plus, we are looking forward to taking a much needed summer vacation.

Do you have any plans you hope to get to this summer? There is still plenty of time to fit some of that summer fun in!

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Hope you enjoy making these cute shoe clips. Believe me, you will get complimented everywhere go.

xo, Kat

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DIY {Nautical + Vintage Necklaces}

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My love for nautical-inspired style has not only infiltrated my home this summer, but has also taken over my wardrobe. I recently had a lot of fun destashing my my vintage supplies and creating some one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry that are perfect for the summer.
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Thanks to a shared interest with my dad, I have an incredible and never-ending supply of vintage wares. You see, my dad is a retired chef turned antique collector who frequents auctions and estate sales.

I occasionally make it to these sales joining my dad at 4:45 am on his junk rummaging adventures. We get a number and sit outside a sale for hours, sipping coffee, gossiping about our “competition,” and boasting about what we hope to buy. It’s not the least bit glamorous, but I have been lucky enough to score some incredible items.

One thing I am always on the lookout for is unique vintage jewelry. I have found a lot of cool pieces throughout the years. Sometimes I am double blessed and find some nautical jewelry pieces as well. Unfortunately, much of the vintage jewelry I find is broken or not really all that wearable such as pins, brooches, and clip-on earrings. Although these pieces don’t always initially seem practical or even usable, I have found that they can be revamped into some more modern pieces.

Using some of the vintage brooches I’ve found throughout the years, I was able to easily make these cute necklaces. Restyling brooches into necklaces is so simple to do, I hesitate to even call it a tutorial.

Supplies needed:

  • Vintage brooches (or any brooch really)
  • Brooch converters – these come in many different metals to match your brooch. I purchased both vertical and horizontal brooch converters at Rings and Things
  • Necklace chains
  • Sandpaper or jeweler’s file (optional)
  • Jump rings (optional)
Supplies - Chain necklaces, brooches, brooch converters

Supplies – Chain necklaces (upper left side), brooches (nautical), brooch converters (horizontal one pictured here)

Seahorse Necklace

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This little seahorse was in bad shape when I found it, but to my surprise it really cleaned up into a beautiful piece. After a lot of polishing, I simply opened the back of the pin, attached a converter, and closed it back up. I also used sandpaper to gently smooth a tiny bit of the pin so it wouldn’t be too sharp.

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Then I added the seahorse to a double chain and that was it!

 

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Ship Necklace

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This brooch is by far my favorite from my nautical finds, but it had a few issues. To make a necklace, I again opened the back and added a converter, but I found that this one hung funny and opened up easily with the converter on. Not to mention that it had an exceptionally sharp point. So I ended up making a few changes. First, I kept the pin secure by tying it closed with a small piece of jewelry wire. Next, I used a jeweler’s file and sandpaper to soften that sharp point.

For ship brooch, I originally used a converter, but then saw that I could thread the necklace through.

I originally used a converter on this pin, but then decided it looked better if I thread the necklace through.

I tried the converter again, but found that it still was leaning to one side. I then decided to carefully thread a brass chain through and that seemed to do the trick.

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Anchor(ish) Necklace

I don’t always pass on broken vintage jewelry, especially since it’s usually reasonable priced and often fixable. This piece was found in a bag of broken jewelry bits that was in need of some love. I thought it had an anchor vibe to it, so I decided to make it into a necklace. To do so, I just added a jump ring to the top and hung it on a chain necklace.

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Nautical Rope Necklace

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This vintage Trifari brooch really made my happy because my inner foodie sees it as the shape of a pretzel (one of my favorite foods). All that was needed for this summer necklace was the addition of a converter and a necklace chain.

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Ship Wheel Necklace

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This vintage ship wheel brooch hails from the 1960s and was one of the first pieces of my collection. Just like the necklace above, all I did was add a converter and a chain and it was full sails ahead.

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Hope that next time you see vintage brooches you won’t pass them up, especially if wearing them as a pin isn’t exactly your thing. They can easily be made into unique necklaces that will add a little fun to your outfits. If you’re searching for nautical pieces, you can find a plethora of nautical vintage brooches on both Etsy and Ebay. It’s tempting to keep them all, but these necklaces also make great gifts for your nauti-loving friends.

Have fun restyling what you find!

Kat