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    Posted on Oct 8, 2012

    30 DIY Ways To Jazz Up Your Converse Sneakers

    It doesn't matter how old, dirty or hole-y your Chuck Taylors are. You can fix them right up like new designer shoes in no time.

    1. Stud Them

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    Insert studs through the sides of your sneakers and firmly press the prongs down on the inside. More details on the process found here.

    2. Make Waves

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    To paint a Japanese wave-inspired design, draw an outline with black Sharpie, and fill it in with watered-down acrylic or fabric paint. Check out this tutorial.

    3. Cover Them in Glitter

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    Coat your sneakers with a layer of glue and glitter. To create a faux steel toe, add iron-on pyramid studs. All the details are here.

    4. Turn Them Into Dancing Shoes

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    Create a paper template, draw the outline of a ballet shoe onto the side of your sneaker, then paint it in with black paint and marker. Check out this full tutorial and template.

    5. Make Them Spikey

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    Stick spokes through the backs of sneakers for a quick and easy upgrade. Check out this post for inspiration.

    6. Add a Fur Lining

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    Sew faux or real fur to the inside tongue of your Converse. The sneakers shown used an old mink fur collar. Click here for more tips.

    7. Slide Them On

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    Ditch laces and sew a piece of elastic over the top instead. Check out these step-by-step directions.

    8. Walk Them Down the Aisle

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    Embroider your new initials-- or your anniversary date, as done by this crafty gal.

    9. Give Them a Mustache

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    Give your shoes real personality with this downloadable design.

    10. Tie Dye Them

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    Just like the tie dye you did at summer camp. Check out this tutorial.

    11. Get Spacey

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    Tape up the bottoms to protect your soles, then paint with brushes and a sponge for a star-filled galaxy look, as done in this blog post.

    12. Crystalize Them

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    Bedazzle your toes with adhesive and Swarovski crystals (yes, you really can add these to anything). All the details are here.

    13. Make Them Holey

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    These are by Italiain designer Gienchi, but with some careful cutting and grommet insertion, you could definitely make your own.

    14. Knit a New Pair

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    Cut off the canvas and replace it with knitting. Don't forget to reattach the original Converse patches, as done here.

    15. Add Buttons

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    Sew a random collection buttons through the fabric, like this blogger.

    16. Get Inspired by Fruit

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    Decorate them to look like watermelons inside and out-- all you need is permanent markers according to this crafter.

    17. Make Them Fly

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    You can cut your own wings by following this video tutorial.

    18. Paint Them With Plugs

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    Or dragons, or puzzle pieces, or any other funky motif, as done by these bloggers.

    19. Customize Your Colors

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    Not feeling crafty? Make someone else do the work by customizing your kicks on

    20. Get Patriotic

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    Make American-flag-inspired shoes with some paint and patience-- see how it's done here.

    21. Bleach Them

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    Want a blank canvas? Follow this tutorial for bleaching your shoes.

    22. Make Strappy Sandals

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    Cut up the canvas while keeping the laces in place to make Gladiator-inspired sandals, like these.

    23. Go Crazy With Color

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    Take plane white Converse and paint them all over with bold, bright hues, like this inspired blogger.

    24. Lace Them With Ribbons

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    Use big, funky, and colorful ribbons to lace up black sneakers, and you've got a whole new shoe.

    25. Add Platforms

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    Channel your inner Spice Girl and turn your sneakers into platforms by adding foam board. A step-by-step tutorial can be found here.

    26. Make Them Musical

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    Decorate with the logo and lyrics of your favorite band, like this Etsy seller did.

    27. Embroider Them

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    Stitch your shoes with any patterns or motifs that you like. According to this blogger you'll need a chenille needle, pearl cotton thread, and a pair of needlenoise pliers so you don't destroy your fingertips!

    28. Tell a Story

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    Decorate your shoes with images inspired by a favorite fairy tale, like these Little Red Riding Hood sneaks by designer Camilla Engman.

    29. Splatter Them With Paint

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    Decorate white or black shoes with neon hues that will really pop, as done by this blogger.

    30. Bedazzle With Beads

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    Sew clutters of colorful beads along the seams, like this clever crafter.

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