Lisa Leonard Designs

from basic to boutique

September 15th | DIY

i was at my local target last week when i spotted these flats.  At $14.99 a pair, i grabbed both black and brown. After I got home, I decided to spice them up just a little bit.

I used olive green velvet ribbon and some small jewels from our local craft store to give the black pair a little personality. A quick dry adhesive worked perfectly.  Just make sure to keep any embellishments above the crease when toes are flexed–this will help ensure they stay put.

I think they were cute before–but makes them a bit more unique.

For the brown pair, I added a bit of burlap and a brown velvet bow.

Still casual–with just a little more personality.And the price was just right!

Are you working on any fun projects right now?

33 Responses

  1. ADORABLE! I have a pair of plain black ballet flats that just might get a little special treatment after seeing this post!

  2. Janelle says:

    Love these. Especially the brown ones!

  3. kristen says:

    you are SO creative! love them!

  4. That;s super idea!!

    cute to be fixed up on shoes!!

  5. Stacey says:

    Shoe jewelry. So adorable!

  6. Anne says:

    Love love those brown ones! What a fun idea!

  7. LOVD says:

    These are genius!!! My girlfriends and I are working on the blog famous “Family Rules” project. It’s coming slowly but surely as conversation gets in the way of progress. But when they’re all done, I’ll share in a post for What I Made Wednesday!!!!

  8. melody says:

    these are both so cute. I have two pairs of vintage pumps that I thrifted this idea would perk them up a bit!

  9. Nicole D. says:

    What a great idea Lisa! I just saw these at Target too and now I just might have to go back and buy them and make them cuter too! Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Stefany says:

    So cute! What a great idea!

  11. I tried these on and they felt a little plain. I may have to go back and snag some. Love this idea.

    Thanks for the fashion and hair inspiration. i am a curly girl too and although your hair routine didn’t completely work for me I did get the product and I use a TINY bit of the mousse and the hairspray is THE BEST. Love it and love that it is cheap. Thanks again.

  12. Kathleen says:

    Too cute! I love embellished anything, but these shoes are to die for adorable.

    Right now I’m trying to start working on Christmas gifts – either chunky knit scarves or pom pom fabric necklaces.

  13. April O. says:

    Okay, you are officially amazing! Not that you weren’t before, mind you. 😉

  14. Carolyn says:

    CUTE! I especially LOVE the brown ones and plan to get myself a pair or two.

  15. Jen says:

    LOVE them! so creative!

  16. Christy says:

    Love this! No joke that I bought a pair of the brown flats & ended up returning them because they were just a little too, ordinary. Go figure. No I think I need another pair, or two!

  17. Carrie says:

    So darn CUTE! Great work :-)

  18. Anne says:

    How cute…I especially like the brown ones too…but I laughed as I read your words of caution…about where to place the embellishments so they saty put….somehow, somehow I just know I would glue them on and halfway through the day lose one somewhere…haha I know my limits….even on a cute simple project like this! :)

  19. Kristen516 says:

    So cute. I might have to try that out!

  20. boho chic says:

    Darling, darling, darling idea!

  21. Shondra says:

    Love love love this…I just had to pin it for later.

  22. Tina Paulson says:

    Those are super cute – now I need to run to Target and Michael’s so I can make a taupe pair – those will be great for the fall season!!! :)

  23. Melodee says:

    I love your darling ideas! WIWW is my absolute fav!!

  24. Kelli says:

    I’m a bit slow in the crafty-arena; what’s a dry adhesive? These are awesome! I want them with just a bow and must get started!

  25. Nicole says:

    Those are so cute Lisa! I love that one could make them however they want. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Sarah-Anne says:

    ohhh, i love <3 the tan ones!! too cute!

  27. Lisa says:

    the only thing better is to get them on sale!! i got sequin converse for $8 and then added a chiffon bow for shoe laces. I loved your post today because I am currently wearing them to help me get through my day today.

  28. Amanda says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Lisa! I adore the brown ones!

  29. Heather G. says:

    Super cute! I especially love what you did with the brown ones…..might have to copy you on that one 😉

  30. Claire says:

    Oh what a clever idea! I love it!


  31. That’s are fabulous shoes! I’m heading to the States over our (Canadian) Thanksgiving…may have to buy some for myself. :)

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