Back to School DIY Pencil Shoes

Learn how to turn a plain pair of flats into a stylish pair of pencils for your feet.

Related To:

Put some pep in your back to school step with these adorable DIY pencil shoes. The hardest part is deciding between plain and glitter. Tell a teacher, tag a student and grab some pointy flats and fabric paint.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Nothing says back to school like the iconic pink, yellow and green color combination of a number-2 pencil. Whether you are starting kindergarten or college you will need a pencil - teachers too! Why not carry this design over to some footwear.

Don’t stop at just pencils. Check out this fun episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins where you can learn how to not only make DIY pencil flats, but get inspired to make some canvas crayons for kids and notebook paper themed slip-ons for tweens.

Painted Pencil Flats Supplies

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

  • pointy-toed plain flats
  • fabric paint
  • black fabric marker
  • paintbrushes
  • pencil
  • glitter
  • decoupage medium
Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Use a pencil to draw the outline of a pencil onto the shoes. TIP: start with a shoe color (like tan) that already lends itself to the colors of a pencil. A shoe that has a slightly pointy toe also helps.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

One color at a time, paint a section and while the paint is still wet sprinkle on the same color glitter. Shake off excess glitter.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Finish the entire shoe with black at the tip for the lead, gold as the raw wood, yellow for the majority, green stripes and a pink eraser near the heel.  Allow the shoes to dry completely.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Use a sponge brush to apply a coat of decoupage medium to act as a sealant. Allow to dry 24 hours then apply a second coat.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Plain pencils are equally awesome, just slightly less sparkly. Follow the first steps just skip the glitter and top coat.  Outline in a black marker.

Pencil Shoes

Pencil Shoes

Which pair will you be sending your students back to school with?

Keep Reading

Next Up

Garden to Runway: Bug Off!

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens.

Garden to Runway: Pink Slip

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens.

Garden to Runway: Going Green

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens

How to Make Dye From Natural Materials

Take your garden to your closet with tips on making natural dyes.

Wedding Craft: Custom Floral Hair Pins

Create these blooming beauties for each of the ladies in your wedding party.

Make an Anchor-Stenciled Boat Bag

Hit the lake in style this summer with a nautical-themed tote bag made using homemade freezer paper stencils.

Garden to Runway: Tribal Beat

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens

Garden to Runway: Mosaic Stroll

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens.

Garden to Runway: Walk the Walk

Check out our regular mash up of fashion and gardens.

5 NYFW Trends to Try at Home

These styles seamlessly transition from the runway to home decor.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.