After two boys, I have thoroughly enjoyed embracing the girli-ness of my daughter.
Once upon a time, we did have some itsy-bitsy pink cowboy boots, but once those were too small, she never asked for more.
So, when Rodeo Day came around at her kindergarten, we dug out a pair that her brothers wore in their younger days.
It turns out that she loves them! And since she’s the girl who claims 19 out of 20 pairs of shoes she tries on are the most uncomfortable, pinchy, horribly painful things she’s ever put on her feet . . . I am ready to embrace this newly beloved pair.
And really, brown cowboy boots are pretty gender neutral.
But then . . . I saw the pair one of her friends was wearing. Oh my word, those boots were adorable. They were basic brown cowboy boots, but were decorated with colorful hearts, flowers and words.
I took a picture. They were that cute.
And then, I started thinking . . . we have a free pair of boots. (By the time hand-me-downs get to the third kid, they’re considered free!) Free means I don’t have to stress about ruining them. It’s not like they’re the only pair of shoes she can wear.
So my normal Fear of Crafting Failure didn’t kick in.
My daughter’s friend’s boots were machine embroidered, but I decided I could achieve a similar look with paint.
Supplies for Painted Cowboy Boots:
Fabric paint (5.99 at Hobby Lobby, even less with a 40% off coupon I pulled up on my phone while standing at the register!)
Free boots (If you don’t have hand-me-down boots, I often find kids’ cowboy boots for a dollar or less at garage sales.)
That’s it! The beauty of fabric paint is that you squeeze it right out of the bottle, and don’t even need any brushes!
Instructions for Creating Little Girl’s Painted Cowboy Boots:
- Clean the boots with a damp cloth.
- Shake the paints well, and practice. On paper. Seriously. Unless you’re ultra-confident in your flower creating abilities, it’s best to get a feel for petal placement first.
- Start painting! I randomly placed hearts and flowers across the outsides of the boots. Don’t worry about messing up, just keep a wet paper towel nearby to wipe off the wet paint immediately if you need to.
- Let dry for several hours or overnight.
- Bask in the adoration of your kids who think you’re an awesome artist (even though you’re not!).
We absolutely love the way these turned out. My daughter is so proud of them, and I’m so proud of me!