Draw your own Floral Sneakers

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If you’ve been following me for long at all, you’ll know that I love all things floral! I’m always looking for ways to add a bit of fresh and botanical beauty to our home and lives. So when I had the opportunity to test the new Pilot Pintor Pens, illustrating some sneakers was the first idea that popped into my head.

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It’s fair to say that I’m so in love with the result! These sneakers have been turned from boring white into a show-stopping floral duo with so much personality.

As with all my projects, choosing your colour scheme is one of the most important steps. Have a good think about the look you want, searching on Pinterest for inspiration if that helps.


In terms of the skill level involved, you probably need a bit of skill to do this type of detailed floral design. But when you break it down to basics, you’re really just drawing simple floral and leaf shapes, and repeating them, until it creates an overall pattern. You can do it!

But if that is still a bit daunting, try the simple rainbow design I have created instead (see above). All you need to be able to do is a bunch of curves :)

You will need:

  1. Sneakers – choose some in a canvas style, without too many rubber bits. Nothing too smooth and shiny.

  2. Pens - I used the amazing new range of Pilot Pintor pens, which are perfect for drawing on different surfaces like these canvas sneakers.

  3. A Fabric Spray - this is optional, but it is probably a good idea to set the pens with a spray to protect them if you’re going outdoors in all sorts of weather. I used a Scotchgard spray.

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Step 1

Choose a design as your inspiration. It’s much easier to reference a design than freestyle (but by all means go for it, if you have that confidence!).  What you draw will inevitably turn out unique and different anyway. I must have been inspired by the Rifle Paper Co floral Keds (OMG they’re so gorgeous check them out here), so I ended up being drawn to a floral image that was similar in style.

Step 2

Draw your design onto the shoes. I started with a specific flower, and drew that on different areas of the sneaker. Then I chose a new flower, and did the same. Once I had a bit of coverage with flowers, I added in vines and leaves. You’ll find that gradually a pretty detailed design emerges.

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To finish up, I took the darker pens and added in lines and shadows for a bit of depth.

Once you’re happy with the look, do the other shoe.

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Step 3

You can spray your shoes with a fabric sealer spray. I used a Scotchgard spray designed to repel liquid from fabric. Even if you spray them I wouldn’t recommend jumping in too many puddles!

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I hope you feel inspired and excited to get out there and decorate some of your own sneakers or other pieces of clothing. It’s such a wonderful feeling to create something with your own hands, and it’s even better when you get to wear it and show it off to your friends!  



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LATEST, DIYJulie Stuart