DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! If there’s one recent trend I can fully support, its the cactus print. Cover my home, clothes, and everything in between with it and I’d still be happy. Perhaps it’s because I miss California, or that it’s one of the only plants I can keep alive and healthy, but I’m wayyyy into it.

If you have a plain pair of sneakers on hand (or have $7 to spend on new shoes), you can add a bit of the desert to your wardrobe in no time at all! Here’s how I made my cactus shoes:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: sneakers, iron, heat transfer material, fabric (can be scrap piece)

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I used a Silhouette to cut the cactus shape, but you could make a less intricate stencil and cut out by hand if you don’t have a machine. It will most likely add another 30-40 minutes to the make time.

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! Before beginning, stuff your shoe with paper or fabric so that the outside is firm. Cut out all of your cacti shapes and peel the excess transfer material away from the plastic. Position on your shoe (plastic side up), cover with fabric, and iron. I saw the best results when I held the iron in place and just pressed down firmly for 60 seconds.

Peel plastic away from your design and continue transferring remaining shapes until shoe is covered. Then ta-da, you’re done!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I haven’t tested these shoes in anything but sunshine (we’re in a bit of a drought in Oregon), so I can’t say how they’ll hold up in rain. I’d seal with decoupage if you were planning on wearing these outside in different weather.

And if you’re not so into the cactus trend, perhaps these diy glitter shoes are more your style!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour!

  • http://www.boekenbooksbuecher.wordpress.com Myrthe

    It’s not really my style, but they’re so cute! <3

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Thanks Myrthe! I’m not usually a sneaker kind of gal, but these are perfect for walking around town :)

  • http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/ Cyd

    Clearly you are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d look like a giant turd trying to pull these off, but I love them in a pretty major way! ;-)

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Cyddddd! No way girl, you could totally rock these! Thanks for the love friend :)

  • http://shrimpsaladcircus.com Lindsay . Shrimp Salad Circus

    These could only be better if they were covered in glitter ;D love it!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      As if everything, am i right?! I should probably start a separate blog just for shoe diys. where I just cover them in glitter. Talk about niche branding!

  • Amy

    These are so adorable, just pinned!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      So sweet, thanks Amy!

  • http://persialou.blogspot.com/ Alexis @ Persia Lou

    So cute! I was just wondering the other day about using heat transfer vinyl on shoes. Question answered!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Why thank you Alexis! It will be interested to see how these hold up, but so far so good! I think the trick is making the outside as firm as possible, especially around the curves. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Carrie Waller

    OBSESSED with how these turned out! We need to start a girl gang of DIYed canvas shoes. Can’t mess with us and our cactus covered and polka dot sneaks ;) ;)

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    These are sooo cute! I would totally rock cactus sneaks, for SURE.

  • http://www.la-petite-epicerie.fr Marion L’Epicière

    This is so cute!!
    At La petite Epicerie, each month we choose a new theme and the one now is Arizona because we also love cactus :)
    Do not hesitate to visit our website and tell us what you think about our tutorials!

    Have a beautiful day

    Marion from http://www.la-petite-epicerie.fr