Today I am SOOOO excited to share with you one of my first-ever tutorials, Glow-in-the-Dark Nightmare Before Christmas Shoes for the final installation of this year’s Spooky Saturdays series!
I originally posted these glow-in-the-dark Nightmare Before Christmas shoes as a contributor on a great site called 5 Minutes for Mom, and I have thought about them each October since then. Truly! I adore these easy little glow-in-the-dark shoes, and anyone who follows me KNOWS I adore The Nightmare Before Christmas, so OF COURSE I decided to recreate the tutorial for you here.
These shoes were originally inspired by the Monster Glow-in-the-Dark Shoes that I made for my son and nephew ages ago. Love that idea, too! LOVE! Easy, unique, and just SCREAMS Halloween!
Ok, now let’s make some shoes! You will need sneakers (I get these very cheap every year at Walmart), glow-in-the-dark puff paints (also Walmart), scissors, a pencil (I use a fabric/sewing pencil, but you could use a regular one), and the template, which you can download on the original post.
Begin by tracing your template onto your shoes with a pencil. I used a fabric/sewing pencil, but a regular one would probably work fine. These templates are made for large toddler/small little kid shoes, so I was able to use them on my daughter (size 10 little girl), but enlarged them a bit for my son (size 2 kid). A copy machine can easily shrink down or enlarge the images to fit your child’s shoe size if you aren’t comfortable free-handing it.
Use the glow-in-the-dark puffy paints to trace and then fill in the images you have chosen. To add details, such as Jack and Sally’s smiles and stitches, and Sally’s eyelashes and pupils, use regular black puff paint on top of the glow-in-the-dark paint after it is dry.
Now let your shoes dry well, ideally in the sun so that they will be all ready to GLOW!
SO fun, right?!?
Do you love this idea? I sure do. My kids are thrilled with their new shoes, and I am thrilled that they were a fun, quick project that took me well under an hour to complete (both pairs included in that time summary)! If you make some for your Halloween munchkin then please tag me on pictures of them on social media! I would LOVE to see them out in action! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
If you love these shoes then you are sure to love these other projects inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas:
Don’t forget to also follow along on my Pinterest Nightmare Before Christmas board for Halloween inspiration from all over the web!
Here’s one more post that you will love if you are planning to/dreaming about travel(ing) to Disneyland in October to meet Jack Skellington in person. . .
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