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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Murton

Tie-Dye Shoes

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

You may have made tie-dye shirts before, but have you ever made tie-dyed shoes? I had this idea in my head for cute summer shoes. I wasn’t sure how these would turn out, or if the shoes would even take the dye but they turned out awesome and we loved making them!

This Summer, we hope to be engaging the kids in crafts and activities so they aren't glued to their screens all day long.

I feel like I try to do a pretty good job of giving them free time to play, as well as some structured activities we can do together, or with friends. These DIY tie-dye shoes were a fun and colorful summer craft we all enjoyed!

Tie-Dye Shoes


White Canvas shoes (kid shoes and adult shoes)

Paint brushes (we used chunky brushes)


1. Prepare your tie-dye bottles by adding water and shaking them up until the powder dye is fully dissolved. My little one loved helping with this part. We used this Tulip one-step tie-dye kit and it was so easy!

2. Squirt your rainbow colors into the paint palette and using a big paint brush, dip it into the dye and add it to the shoe. Squirting straight from the bottle didn’t work for us. It was more of a dabbing the dye technique. But test it out and see what works best for you and your kiddos.

3. We started at the toe and worked our way back following the rainbow pattern. (Note: We didn’t use all 12 colors from the set)

4. Set your shoes in a plastic bag overnight (or about 12 hours). Then rinse, air dry, and wear!

kid craft making tie dye rainbow shoes

diy tie dye shoes

painting tie dye shoes for summer

While my daughter was making bright rainbow shoes, my son was making colorful color-block shoes. We took our laces out when we tie-dyed our shoes so they would stay white but you could dye them rainbow colors or a solid color if you wanted to.

tie dye shoe image with text
Shop Tie Dye Shoes Project:

The final product turned out so cute! She will be wearing the heck out of them all summer long!

Also, you will have lots of dye left over to create tie-dye shirts too!

For more summer fun for kids, check out these posts:


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