Transform Your Keds with These 6 Unbelievably Easy DIYs


When it comes to summer footwear, nothing beats an iconic pair of Keds. Whether you wear yours with warm-weather cut-offs or a sweet sundress, these go-with-anything kicks add cute and comfortable street cred to any outfit. What makes these classic sneaks even more spectacular, though, is how easily they lend themselves to creative DIY projects. Acting as a blank canvas, Keds can be studded, bejeweled, or even painted to look like emojis (yes!), leaving you with an eye-catching and completely one-of-a-kind set of shoes.

To help you kick off the best summer ever, we’re showing you six incredibly easy — and awesome — ways to customize your Keds. Check ’em out below.

Decked Out With Daisies

White acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Anything But Simple Sneaker in Dots


1. Dip your paintbrush into the white acrylic and carefully dab around each polka-dot to create petals.

2. Allow to dry overnight, lace ’em up, and go!

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Sweet & Studded

Metal cone studs (available at most craft supply stores or online)
Super glue (make sure it adheres to metal)
Down for a Day Trip Flat in Red


1. Working from top to bottom in rows, apply a thin line of super glue to the shoe. Add studs one by one until you’ve covered the desired portion of shoe.

2. Allow to dry overnight. Slip ’em on and get ready to rock!

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Bold in Gold

Gold spray paint
Painter’s tape
Gold Ribbon
Very Important Skate Sneaker


1. Using your painter’s tape, tape off the entire shoe except the portion you intend to paint gold. Working in a well-ventilated area (we recommend going outdoors and spraying in the direction of the wind) apply a light layer of paint. Allow to dry. Repeat until opaque.

2. Allow your sneakers to dry overnight. Once the paint has set, measure two shoelace-lengths of gold ribbon, weaving through the grommets as you would normal laces.

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Paws for Applause

White acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Anything But Simple Sneaker in Dots


1. Dip the end of your paint brush into the white acrylic and create three dots around each polka-dot. Repeat until each polka-dot has been transformed into a paw print.

2. Allow to dry overnight. Once the paint has set, lace up your sneaks using the shoelaces included in the box.

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Lost in Emojis

Black acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Black permanent marker
Down for a Day Trip Flat in Red


1. Using the pencil, sketch your favorite emoji character onto the toe of the shoe. Carefully fill in the design with acrylic, working layer by layer to build up the color.

2. Once your paint has dried, fill in any thin lines with the black permanent marker. #bestdiyever!

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Back in the Saddle Shoes

White acrylic paint
Small paint brush
Medium paintbrush
Polka-dot ribbon
Painter’s tape
Very Important Skate Sneaker


1. First, mask any areas you want to protect using the painter’s tape. Using your small paintbrush and white acrylic, carefully line the area you intend to fill with white. Next, use your larger brush to fill the area. Allow to dry and repeat until opaque.

2. Allow your sneakers to dry overnight. Once the paint has set, cut two shoelace-lengths of ribbon and weave it through the grommets as you would the laces.

ModCloth x Keds DIY



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    Leah 04/22/2014 at 6:50 pm #

    I turned my white keds into saddle oxfords a few years ago and get lots of wear out of them. This is a cute idea, but I wish Keds hadn’t increased their prices so dramatically over the past couple years.

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    greenishpeas 04/23/2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Greenish Peas and commented:
    I definitely have to make the “Back in the Saddle Shoes”, such a great idea, love them! But first, need to wait until black keds are on sale!

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    Crystal @ Sew Creative 04/27/2014 at 9:20 am #

    Julie these are adorable! I bought a mint green pair of canvas shoes at Old Navy recently. I’ve been planning on DIYing them but didn’t know if acrylic paint would work! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    Marsha 09/05/2014 at 12:38 am #

    Such a “misleading” statement!!! Shame on the person who wrote this. The statement one clicks on to get to this website reads “Never ‘Buy’ Another Pair Of Shoes Again With This DIY.” To me, this means — YOU “NEVER” HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES AGAIN EVER!- not round up a bunch of paint, studs, ribbons, paint brushes, etc., etc., etc., to decorate a pair of shoes THAT “FIRST” YOU HAVE TO “BUY!” Because of this, I will NEVER come to this website, i.e., STORY BY MODCLOTH, again, other than to comment as set out below. I am 70 years old, retired from being a Paralegal for the last 25 years of my 41 year career and nothing upsets me more than “false advertising,” “misleading statements,” “bait and switch,” etc. such as I see here. Take note STORY BY MODCLOTH, I will be watching “every” Statement one must click on to get to your website and if it is as misleading as this one, I will be commenting just “exactly” as I have here. So, I suggest, you be more honest in leading, or attempting to lead “potential” consumers to your website.

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    Nancy Wang 05/19/2015 at 4:52 pm #

    This is such an awesome DIY project! I actually recommended this on my blog with other 9 DIYs
    Thank you !

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