DIY Minecraft Shoes Project

minecraft shoes
 
If you haven't heard of Minecraft yet, and you have kids, you must be living under a rock.  It's both an app and an online game that kids everywhere are playing.  There are so many aspects to the game that it's hard to describe.  But basically, it involves building structures of any sort with blocks.  Players can work individually or with a group of people, multi-player, to build a fortress or gigantic labyrinth of sorts.  These cubes can be arranged in a fixed grid pattern and represent different materials, such as dirt, stone, various ores, water, and tree trunks.  There are no specific goals and players have freedom to play as they like.  There are of course monsters such as spiders, skeletons and zombies and two characters unique to Minecraft... Creeper and Enderman.  It's a game that kids elementary school age and older are playing.
 
If your kids are into this game then they will be interested in these shoes that you can make.  The basic squares, or cubes, design goes with the overall theme of the game of building with blocks.  We purchased shoes from Kmart in May and they were around $12.00 a pair.  They are the Joe Boxer brand.  They are light grey with lime green accents and bottoms.  But any white canvas shoes will work too. You will need Fabric Markers, which can be found at most craft stores, such as Jerry's Artarama or Michael's Craft Store. 
 
DIY minecraft shoes
 
What You Need:
  • Canvas shoes
  • Fabric markers
  • Clear varnish paint/waterproof spray
  • Ruler & pencil

fabric markers for minecraft shoes

What to Do:

  1. Using a popsicle stick, or ruler, pencil horizontal lines starting at the front of the shoe and working your way up.
  2. Make vertical lines, starting with the center line and working your way out until the entire shoe is marked off with tiny squares.
  3. Once the front is done move onto the back of the shoe and do your horizontal and vertical lines.
  4. Next, determine where your Creeper face will go (see photo) and, using pencil, mark those squares with a darker line.
  5. Now, using your fabric markers, start coloring in the squares different greens.
  6. Use black for the creeper squares for the Creeper face. 
  7. Keep filling in squares until the shoes are fully covered.  Because we used light grey shoes we left some squares blank so the grey would show.  If you use white shoes, you will also fill in squares with grey.
  8. When coloring in your squares, color until its the desired shade you want.  Its best to only color inside the lines you penciled in.  if you go to the line the colors sometimes bleed.
  9. Cover the finished designed shoes with a coat of clear varnish (flexible) paint.  You can skip this step if you don't want the shoes to have a slight sheen or if you do not want to go searching for paint.  Instead you can just water proof the shoes with waterproof spray.

Kristin Fitch