SaturDIY: Neon Stripe TOMS Shoes

Today I’m excited to share a fun DIY project that I worked on for Buzzfeed’s Craft Wars.  As part of the challenge, we were asked to take a pair of classic / plain shoes, and transform them into something special.  Choosing TOMS was a no-brainer (I love the shoes – and that the company sends a pair of shoes to a child in need,) and I knew immediately that I had to stripe them in neon pink!  I’m thrilled with how they turned out and haven’t been able to take them off my feet since I made them!

Be sure to head over to Buzzfeed to vote for moi!  There’s no prize, but I like winning.  (Don’t we all?)

What you’ll need:

Begin by striping your TOMS in tape.  You’ll want to do so carefully.  I opted to go with a diagonal stripe to complement the stitching + design of the shoe.  Stripe the entire shoe.  You’ll notice that I went with vertical stripes on the sides… and diagonal stripes on the front!

Make sure that the tape is securely adhered to the shoe with no gaps between the tape and shoe.  From there, begin painting the canvas!

Allow to dry.

Peel back and voila… your shoes are finished!  And don’t forget – get over to BuzzFeed and vote for moi!

Leave a Comment


  1. Laura | says 5.12.12

    They look amazing, I love the stripes! Popping over to vote now 🙂

    Laura xo

  2. Hannah says 5.12.12

    this is GENIUS! I have so many pairs of toms and i would love to add neon stripes to one of them! when i first saw the picture, I thought you had bought them online!

  3. Lesley says 5.12.12

    I love what you did! They look a lot more fun!

  4. PennyPincherFashion says 5.12.12

    These are so cute – and perfect for summer…such a great idea!! 🙂

  5. Fashion R&D says 5.12.12

    What a great idea and you did a fab job!

  6. Mady says 5.12.12

     amazing idea! love the way it turned out!


  7. Lauren Corso says 5.12.12

    Awesome DIY! They look great!

  8. Dominique DeLaney says 5.12.12

    How adorable….LOVE the neon!!!

  9. Viviana Carmona says 5.12.12

    This is amazing!

  10. Erica says 5.12.12

    Those looks so cute! I bet they look really cute on too!

  11. REally cute update, Grace! Hope you win : )

  12. Gotham Polish says 5.12.12

    That color of Toms is just screaming “paint me”… it’s such a perfect canvas!

  13. [email protected] says 5.12.12

    Love it!  Good luck.  

  14. RealGirlGlam says 5.14.12

    Love this DIY! A perfect way to spruce up an old pair of toms too. (Voted for you!)

  15. ahhhhhh so cool. i once went to a “paint your own toms” philanthrophy event and it was so fun. wish i had thought of doing stripes!

  16. Miki says 5.21.12

    Cool stuff!  Have you ever thought of selling these?  I just found this site where I sell my creations. So easy!

  17. Ashley Doll says 5.31.12

    Hello!  I really like this DIY & I wanted to let you know that I referenced it on my own blog:

    • graceatwood says 5.31.12

      Aw, thank you so much!!

  18. AbbyConanButler says 6.30.12

    These are really amazing, I thought they were actually real ones that someone like made in a factory, whoever made these were and are a genius! So trying these out!

    • graceatwood says 7.1.12

      Aw, thank you so much Abby! I really hope you give the project a try. And if you do, be sure to send me a photo so that I can feature it on the Stripes + Sequins facebook page!

  19. Rxscrapwench says 7.11.12

    Very cute idea, but your execution was sloppy.

    • graceatwood says 7.12.12

      Thanks! I am sure you could do a better job, would love to see it!

  20. Caliryos says 10.6.12

    What kind of painter’s tape did you use and where did you buy it?