Customised Melissa shoes by Singapore illustrator teeteeheehee. All images: Melissa
You loved these customised Melissa shoe styles by Singapore illustrator Teresa Lim (also known as teeteeheehee) when we’d shared them on Instagram but sadly, these aren’t for sale. Still, you can always try doing your own! Here are some tips how you can DIY (do-it-yourself) these candy sweet details on your jelly shoes too.
Items you’ll need:
– craft glue
– nail or handphone decals
– paint markers
– pattern illustrations for inspiration; or use the above designs by teeteeheehee to start with
– jelly shoes (of course!)
You can buy most of the above from lifestyle and crafts stores like Art Friend, Daiso and e-retailer Qoo10.
1. Start by doing a “mock up” of what your final shoe design would look like
Let’s face it, most of us don’t take to paints as spontaneously well as the pros. The simplest way to do this is to stock up on the decals and arrange them on your shoe before glueing them on. Take a photo of it, so that you’ll keep the positioning consistent; trust us, this will definitely come in handy afterwards.
The more adventurous (and creative) shoe fiends could look up pattern designs from Pinterest and Tumblr, should you want to give a go at drawing with your paint markers.
2. Glue the decals on!
This is where it gets a bit more fun (and messy). Add just a dot of glue to the back of each decal, then press and hold it for a few seconds onto your shoe. Should you get yourself into a sticky situation with the glue, do remember there’s always vaseline; rub the petroleum jelly onto the affected areas and buff with a nail file to get rid of the craft glue.
3. Paint on the “sprinkles”
Think of those sweet doughnut sprinkles, like what this illustrator has done, to finish your DIY project. Add in geometric motifs like dots and rectangles as fillers in between each decal; or add your initials too, if you would prefer.
Another idea: To paint a rainbow-like stripes onto your jelly shoes
And there, you’re done! Do share pics if you’ve given this DIY project a go; we would love to see your take on these shoes too.