Posted: May 19, 2014 8:00 AM
Brighten up a pair of boring canvas shoes with this easy tie-dye technique. Your kids will love having stylish new shoes that are perfect for summer.

allParenting tie dye shoes supplies


  • Canvas shoes
  • Fabric dye
  • Squeeze bottles
  • Funnel
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Salt
  • Measuring cup


allParenting tie dye shoes step 1

Lay out the plastic tablecloth to protect your work surface from the dye. Soak the shoes in water for a few minutes until they are completely saturated.

allParenting tie dye shoes step 2

Mix the dye according to the package directions. The dye I used called for 4 cups warm water and 1 teaspoon salt.

allParenting tie dye shoes step 3

Transfer the dye to individual squeeze bottles. You can mix the dyes together to make different colors or shades.

allParenting tie dye shoes step 4

Start applying the dye to the wet shoes. You can squeeze the dye directly out of the bottle, or you can use a cotton swab for a little more control over the dye.

allParenting tie dye shoes step 5

Once the shoes are completely covered in dye, let the dye set for several hours.

allParenting tie dye shoes step 6

Use a wet cloth to scrub away any dye on the sole of the shoe, then rinse the dye off of the shoes until the water runs clear. After your shoes have dried completely, they are ready to wear.

allParenting tie dye shoes

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