DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis

You just had to know that I couldn’t let National Ice Cream Month go by without a DIY celebration! We here at the Waller household enjoy a spoonful or two of this frozen dessert every night, and sprinkles are one of my all time favorite toppings. So, of course, I took things too far and added them to a pair of white canvas sneakers…If you, too, can’t get enough of this tasty summer treat and want to commemorate that love with a pair of painted shoes, read on for the oh-so-simple instructions.

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis


  • Plain white sneakers (mine are from Wal-Mart and cost less than $6)
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint (I used Peach Silk, Soft Jade, Turquoise Waters, Chick and Flamingo)
  • Angled paint brush
  • Plastic paint tray

The process couldn’t be easier—really! Start by squeezing a little drop of paint into each of the separate compartments of your plastic paint tray. Since you’ll only need a dozen dabs of paint for each color on each shoe, you’ll just need a small amount, so don’t go crazy when adding pigment to your tray. Even with my super scaled back estimation, I ended up washing excess paint down the drain—learn from my mistake.

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis

Dip your angled paint brush into each of the five colors, and then dab them with a steady hand across the surface of each shoe, making sure to switch up the direction of your brush each time. I went one color at a time, starting with the blue, and left about an inch of space between each painted sprinkle. Then, I cleaned my brush and dabbed it into the pink paint, and added that near the blue sprinkles. And so on, and so forth with the rest of the colors, washing my brush between each step. I only needed one coat, but feel free to go back over them a second time if needed.

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis

After finishing with the orange paint, I cleaned my brush and paint tray, and then left the shoes to dry for a couple of hours. Thankfully, DecoArt Americana paint is made for any kind of surface, incuding canvas and fabric, so you don’t need to treat the shoes with sealant to make the color stay. That said, you may want to spray on a waterproofing solution made for shoes in case you’re worried about staining your freshly painted, bright white kicks!

DIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthisDIY Painted Ice Cream Sprinkles Shoes | Dream Green DIYpinthis

I have had way too much fun with painted canvas shoes in the past year or so (evidence: pineapple & banana shoes, leopard print shoes, Kate Spade look-a-like polka dot shoes) and think I just might turn this into a mini series! Would you like to see more shoe makeovers like this? To celebrate the soft launch of this series, you can follow along with hashtag #shoesizediy as I craft my way through a pile of plain white sneakers. What would you like to see next?!


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  • July 15, 2015 - 3:01 pm

    Alexis - These are so fun! I want to make some!ReplyCancel

    • July 15, 2015 - 3:14 pm

      Carrie - You should!! They were SO easy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2015 - 2:53 am

    Monique | WritingMonique - Yes! I definitely wanna try and make this myself! The look of them is great!ReplyCancel

    • July 16, 2015 - 8:26 am

      Carrie - Hooray!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    Rachel | The Crafted Life - Girl, you’re killing me! These are just adorable!ReplyCancel

    • July 17, 2015 - 8:42 am

      Carrie - Oh, thank you thank you Rachel!! So glad you like!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2015 - 1:14 pm

    Kayla - Hah, I practically live in those Wal Mart sneakers! They’re surprisingly comfy. Mine are already very dirty, but when I get a fresh white pair I might have to do this.ReplyCancel

    • July 19, 2015 - 1:03 pm

      Carrie - Fun!! They really are…And I hope you do =)ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2015 - 6:09 am

    Kate - What a cute and simple DIY! Your pumps look great and your photography is gorgeous too! Hope you have a lovely weekend xReplyCancel

    • July 19, 2015 - 1:03 pm

      Carrie - Thanks so much Kate!!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2015 - 10:30 pm

    Tonya - Such a cool project – and so simple! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • July 19, 2015 - 1:03 pm

      Carrie - Thanks Tonya!! =)ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2015 - 10:50 pm

    Sandra - When I need just a little bit of paint, I just shake the bottle, unscrew the lid and use the paint that has stuck to the lid. No clean up and no waste!!ReplyCancel

    • July 20, 2015 - 6:52 am

      Carrie - Great tip! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • July 20, 2015 - 2:07 am

    Nikki @ Tikkido - How charming! I wish I’d see this before my daughter’s Sprinkles birthday party (her idea, really! But it was brilliant) a couple years ago. But hey, it’s never too late for sprinkles!ReplyCancel

    • July 20, 2015 - 6:52 am

      Carrie - Awwww, no better excuse to throw a NEW sprinkles party! =)ReplyCancel

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    • December 18, 2015 - 10:40 am

      Carrie - Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 8:55 am

    April Grant - Hi, , I would like to do them for my daughter for inside school sneakers but want to make sure I could wash them if they get dirty, so I was just wondering if these would be washable after painted?ReplyCancel

    • July 25, 2016 - 11:25 am

      Carrie - Yes! High quality acrylic paint is permanent on fabric, so you should be fine!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2016 - 12:16 am

    Vivian - hi! I would love to do this for my Adidas, but would the paint you used stay on them since they’re leather?ReplyCancel

    • September 19, 2016 - 9:23 am

      Carrie - Hmmm, I’m not sure since I don’t have experience painting leather shoes…My guess is that it probably wouldn’t be a permanent application, but I think it would last for a while! If the paint gets scratched it will probably chip away, but, otherwise, I imagine the paint would stay pretty solid. Sorry I can’t be of more help!!ReplyCancel

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