diy: TARDIS shoes

Now, in case you haven't figured out that I'm a giant nerd yet, here's some more proof.

To my fellow Whovians, please enjoy this tutorial!  And to all of you who are extremely confused, and have no clue what a "TARDIS" is, please go watch Doctor Who will not be disappointed!

I could go on and on about how epic the show is, how it doesn't take itself too seriously, how it celebrates humanity and friendship and ordinary people, and how bowties are cool....but I'll spare you my ramblings and get on with the tutorial.

For those of you who still have no idea what I'm talking about, then you can use this as inspiration for making your own painted shoes with whatever suits your fancy on them!  The possibilities truly are endless.


-shoes (in our case....tardis blue ones)

-black and white acrylic paint (or fabric paint)

-masking tape

-black fabric sharpie (these things are heavenly)

-white paint pen (mine had a .7mm tip)


1) First, take out the laces and stuff newspaper inside your shoes.  The newspaper is there to help the shoe keep it's shape as you paint/write.

2)  Then, use masking tape to cover the side of the soles.  This will keep you from getting paint on them! 

3)  Use masking tape to mark where your windows will go, as well as where the black strip at the top will be painted.

4)  We used a black fabric sharpie to outline the windows, as well as the black box at the top.

5)  Then, paint the black strip at the top, and let it dry.

6)  Remove the masking tape where the windows will go, and paint white inside your black outline.

7)  Once the white paint has dried, use masking tape (or freehand) the lines on the windows with a black fabric sharpie.

8)  Then, you may use masking tape to mark where the top of the tardis will go, or freehand it with your black fabric sharpie.

9)  For the writing of "Police public call box", I first wrote it in pencil, and then went over it using a white paint pen.  (You could also attempt this with a skinny paint brush, but it will be harder to do!).

10)  Let everything dry, apply second coats if needed, and touch up any mistakes.

11)  Put your laces back in, and wait for the doctor to arrive!

Jordyn and I had our friend Ashley (who is the Queen of painting shoes) over to help us with this diy, and we had a blast!  We did a ton of brainstorming for more summer diys, and can't wait to share them with you all!

"The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant."

-The Doctor