Mixed Media Shoes with Birds in Nests by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Mixed Media Birds in Shoe EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a thrift store high heel into a super cool mixed media shoe. Covered with hand-colored and embossed tissue papers, this shoe makes an artsy door stop.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Mixed Media Shoes YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Decoupage – Gloss
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
High heel shoe
Papers – book pages, handpainted tissue, gold metallic tissue, corrugated cardboard, embossed tissue, paper shreds
Decorated novelty birds (dipped in Cool2Cast – see instructions and video here)
Acrylic paint mixed with water (for paper shreds nest) (or thinned alcohol inks)
Spray bottle(s) for acrylic paint – or- use pre-mixed spray fabric paints
Wax paper
Beads – micro, small and medium (to glue onto shoe)

1. Tear book pages into strips approximately 1″ x 3″.

2. Brush Decoupage onto back of strip and onto shoe. Place strip onto shoe and brush coat of Decoupage over page. Continue until the entire shoe is covered with book strips. Let dry.

3. Tear hand-painted tissue into pieces and use Decoupage glue to glue them in place over shoe. If desired, leave some of the book page words showing through. Let dry.

4. Watch Heidi’s video to learn how to decorate the bird(s).

5. Place wax paper on work surface. Sprinkle shreds on wax paper. Spray paper shreds desired colors. Let dry.

6. Shape paper shreds into nest. Glue in place in shoe.

7. Glue bird(s) into nest(s).

8. Decorate brick with decoupage papers. Let dry.

9. Glue shoe onto brick. Let dry.

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Kitschy Shoe, Bless Ya, Hon! by Candace Jedrowicz

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Kitschy High Heel Shoes in Frame Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz’s latest kitschy art piece is an homage to “The Avenue” in Hampden, Maryland. An avenue immersed in the kitschy culture of Baltimore in the 1960’s that was the frame for John Waters’ movie Hairspray. A real high heel shoe, cut in half, serves as the foundation for this framed art. Featured on

Watch Candace’s Kitschy High Heel in Frame YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Buttons – I used tons of gorgeous Blumenthal Lansing buttons
12″ x 12″ dimensional frame
One high heel shoe – cut in half length wise with a band saw using a carbide tip multi-purpose blade
Decorative paper
Gems, letters, tiny nick knacks, doo dads and memorabilia
Hot glue

1. Cover the inner sole of the shoe half with decorative paper.

2. Add layers of foam or whatever you have to be sure the shoe will have complete contact with the frame back. Use Super Thick Tacky Glue to attach the shoe to the background. Allow to dry overnight.

3. Place your message first – I used a postcard above the shoe, so the letters were arranged around it.

4. Add your embellishments – I glued a base layer of buttons on the shoe, then glued everything I could fit over that, keeping my favorite buttons visible.

5. Add any embellishments to the background. My only regret that I didn’t have a tiny pink flamingo and horn-rimmed glasses to add!

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Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor

Tissue Collaged Sandals by Tiffany Windsor

Tissue Collaged Sandals by Tiffany Windsor

Here’s a fun technique to transform plain shoes into pretty shoes! Hand-painted tissue paper can be easily collaged onto shoes, boots and any cool footwear. Tiffany Windsor was inspired to transform these thrift store sandals in pretty shades of pink – perfect for a springtime walk. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s super cool Tissue Collaged Sandals YouTube  video tutorial!


Aleene’s Collage Pauge
Paint brush – soft bristle
Sandals of your choice
Decorative papers – I used hand-painted tissue paper. Rice paper also works well.

Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 1 For my project, I used hand-painted tissue papers. Rice paper also works well for this technique. Select a paper that is soft yet durable.
Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 2 Brush Aleene’s Collage Pauge onto surface of shoe.
Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 3 Brush Aleene’s Collage Pauge on wrong side of painted tissue.
Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 4 Lay paper over sandal strap.
Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 5 Brush another coat of Aleene’s Collage Pauge on top of tissue paper.
Tissue Collage Sandals by Tiffany Windsor - 6 Cut off excess. Dip finger into Aleene’s Collage Pauge and rub it over the surface of the tissue until most wrinkles have been pushed out. I prefer to cut off excess along sides (rather than folding them to the back side because any wrinkles can potentially rub your foot.) Let dry completely.