Love the idea of designing your very own shoes? All you need is a handful of paint pens to turn any pair of canvas sneakers into a bespoke pair of patterned kicks. File this under DIY Basics and don’t be surprised if you end up creating more than one pair.


This is day 3 of our #31DaysofDIY series, and it’s the perfect project for a lazy Saturday afternoon.

No idea what #31DaysofDIY is? It’s a brand new tradition here at Brit + Co that’s all about kicking off 2015 right. We’ve challenged ourselves to make or learn something new every single day for the month of January, and we’re inviting all of you along for the ride. From DIY basics like Sewing 101 to learning to design and laser cut our own stencils, we hope this month of making inspires you to make all year long.


Now, onto the sneaks.

 – white canvas sneakers

– paint pens


1. Test out your pattern by drawing it on a piece of paper.

2. Use a paint pen to draw your pattern on your shoe.

3. Let dry. That’s it!


We stocked up on a paint pen in every color to test out different combinations and designs. We recommend planning out your pattern by drawing it on a piece of paper first. Then, to the shoes!


Start at the bottom edge of your sneaker and work your way up. We went with a geometric pattern and a color palette of light blue, blue, purple, green, yellow and gold. To finish things off, we created green piping around the top edge of the sneaker and color blocked yellow sections at the back.

Add your laces back in, and you’re ready for a dance party.


How easy was that?


We want to see YOUR patterned sneaks! Share photos of your creations to Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter using the hashtag #31DaysofDIY. We’ll feature our favorite projects and makers throughout the month of January here on

Happy month of making!