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DIY Masked and Printed Geometric Flats

how to paint shoes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 pair of shoes
Cost $10 (excluding shoes)


  • 1 pair of shoes suede or faux suede is best
  • 1 matte fabric paint any color
  • painter's tape washi or masking tape can work too
  • foam brush pouncers or small flat brushes work too


  • Use painter's tape to create a fun, geometric pattern. Think stripes or triangles … any shape you are comfortable cutting out about 50 times. ? You can cut masking tape pieces in half with varying lengths for a fun, irregular stripe, or, like for these boots, you can tape off one side of the shoe by taping down the middle line and covering that one side with smaller strips in a checkerboard pattern (after you paint, let it dry, peel off the tape, and repeat on the other side!).
  • Be sure to press the edges of the tape over the seams around the sole and inside the shoe for the cleanest results. Use matte fabric paint and a pouncer (my favorite way to do this since it does a light even coat easily) or small, flat brush to paint a coat over the entire surface.
  • When dry, remove the tape and reveal your design.
  • Enjoy your new pair of shoes! It’s fun having a piece of clothing that no one else has.


  • Remember to cover zippers, heels, or any shoe edges that you don't want painted with tape!