How To Add A Pop Of Color To Canvas Sneakers

My oldest daughter is super crafty. Once she gets started on any art related project it is almost impossible to get her to stop.  Recently she asked me if she could color her white canvas sneakers with Sharpie Markers. Typically I was say no but they were only a few bucks at Walmart so we went for it.  When my four year old daughter saw her coloring her shoes she wanted in on it too.  Thankfully someone gave her canvas hand me down sneakers and since they cost me nothing I agreed to allow her to do it as well. 

Materials Needed:


White Canvas Sneakers (Walmart has them for about $4.00)

Rubbing Alchohol

Masking Tape 

Spray Bottle

An Old Towel or Newspaper


First take out the shoe laces unless you want them colored as well.  Next using masking tape, tape the rubber bottom edges of the shoe so that they stay white.  Using all Sharpie Markers make what ever design you want on the shoes. My girls decided to make rainbow patterns. I have seen some really neat designs over the internet. If you want to get your creative juices flowing just Google it and you will be amazed the designs and creations people have come up with.


Once you are done making your colored designs take your rubbing alcohol and pour it in a spray bottle.  This is where you want to make sure you have an old towel or newspaper underneath the shoes so that you do not get any permanent marker stains anywhere you do not want them.  Then spray the rubbing alcohol all over the shoes which will make the Sharpie Marker run a bit, kind of like a tie dye look. Plus it will permanently set the marker into the shoes. 


Set aside to dry.  When completely dry peel off the making tape and put the shoe laces back in the shoes. Now you are ready to wear them!  Cute, huh?


What designs would you decorate your sneakers with? Be sure to check out my other crafts using Sharpie Markers. 

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  1. Katie Burnette says:

    This is adorable! I’m going to have to let the girls try this!

  2. Those are so cute! I love how easy it is to make a statement with your shoes doing this. I think my kids would love it.

  3. That is a great way to decorate those sneakers. Yours came out so good I would love to be able to recreate such good wor.k

  4. robin rue says:

    SUCH a cute idea! I totally want to do this with MY sneakers. I think these are adorable.

  5. That is such a fun craft idea for the kids. I bet they will wear their colorful shoes a lot more than they would wear plain white ones. These turned out great!

  6. I love this! I will be doing this with my granddaughters next time they are here.

  7. When I was a kid in the 80’s/90’s my mom used to do this. She used puff paints though.

  8. Dawn Lopez says:

    What a cool craft idea! I love how colorful the sneakers are. I think I’ll try making a pair for myself. 😉

  9. Love your idea! I soooo want to do this with my sneakers. I think these are so cute!

  10. I love this. So cute, easy and a great way too add some personality to your shoes. Also, not messy at all, which is a win-win to me.

  11. Those are adorable. A couple of my grandchildren would love them!

  12. The kids would love this project. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  13. Brittany Carter says:

    I love this my oldest 2 like doing this and I like that you can use such inexpensive shoes for it thank you for sharing

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