DIY {Nautical Shoes II}

After making nautical rope shoe clips, I decided to create a few more options for my striped shoes. I saw some similar details on shoes this season, which I thought was a really cute touch to add a little nautical to any look. What I like about shoe clips is that you aren’t stuck with one style and can change them out whenever want.

For this project, I simply used some vintage buttons and attached them to shoe clips. IMG_5393_1_c

 

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Follow these easy instructions if you want to make similar changeable clips:

Basic supplies needed.

Basic supplies needed.

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Supplies Needed:

  • A pair of striped shoes. I got these Wanted shoes from Amazon.com
  • Shoe clips (purchased these from Rings & Things)
  • Gold/Vintage/Nautical or other buttons of choice
  • Needle nose pliers with teeth (pictured below)
  • E6000 Glue (not pictured)
  • A disposable cup, tin can, or glass jar

Steps:

1. First use your needle nose pliers to remove the hoop on the back of your button. This may require a bit of twisting and turning to pull it off - just be careful not to bend or break the button.

1. First use your needle nose pliers to remove the hoop on the back of your button. This may require a bit of twisting and turning to pull it off – just be careful not to bend or break the button.

2. Once the hoop has been removed, the back of the button may by a bit rough. You can easily smooth it out with sandpaper or a large nail file.

3. Next, attach your shoe clips to your a place where it will be steady and can be left overnight. I put mine an a disposable cup I had laying around in my craft room.

3. Next, attach your shoe clips to a place where it will be steady and can be left overnight. I put mine an a disposable cup I had laying around in my craft room.

4. Now open your E6000 glue and put a small amount on a shoe clip and just a touch on the back of your button.

5. Carefully put your button onto the shoe clip and tape it down. This will keep it in place as it dries. Do the same with the other button & shoe clip.

5. Carefully put your button onto the shoe clip and tape it down. This will keep it in place as it dries. Do the same with the other button and shoe clip.

6. Allow your clips to dry overnight. Once dried, carefully remove the tape.

7. Once dried, you can go ahead and put your shoe clips on your shoes.

7. That’s it! You now have a nautical detail to add your shoes.

8. Change them out for a little bit of a different look.

8. Change them out as you please for a little bit of a different look.

The options for these shoes are really endless. There are a lot of different nautical buttons, such as anchors, ship wheels, and sailboats, available at craft and fabric stores. Of course, you can get vintage ones like mine at just about any secondhand store or online.

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I’m still feeling the nautical theme, as I’m just getting ready to leave for summer vacation. We are heading out for Hawaii soon and I honestly just cannot wait! I have a lot of things I need to do before we go, but I know I’ll get it done. It’s been such a rainy summer here and we’ve been so busy with work stuff, that we’re really feeling ready for continuous days of sun and relaxation. Hoping to be on beach soon with a Mai Tai in hand!

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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