Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

13 March
If you have watched any of my craft room tours on YouTube or read the blog posts, then you know I have a LOT of stuff crammed into my little craft oasis ๐Ÿ˜Š


I have large vintage jars full of miniature ceramic figurines, mostly little animals. And baskets and boxes full of fabric and vintage laces and trims. One day as I was going through the vintage lace and what-nots I found some vintage baby shoes that I had forgotten about.


For today's project, I decided to use one of the baby shoes and a little ceramic bunny for an Easter project.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart



Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

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I started with a vintage baby shoe. The high-top shoes like this work really well.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

The napkins I used came from a friend in a box of goodies that she sent me (she knew I would love a big box of crafting goodies and I've been using bits and pieces of it here and there in my projects)!


Most, if not all paper napkins are three layers that are pressed together. To decoupage with a napkin, you'll remove the back two layers from the napkin and you'll be left with a thin sheet that has the design and two plain layers.


I used part of the napkin with the cute little ducks and part of the striped napkin.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


To decoupage the napkin to the shoe, use a decoupage medium. I used DecoArts Decou-page Napkin. It's supposed to be better for delicate napkin decoupage to prevent tears but I didn't find that it was any better than Mod-Podge.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I covered the sides of the shoe with the duck napkin by putting a coat of the decoupage medium on, then gently laid the napkin on it and covered it with another layer of the decoupage medium.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


It did turn out a little wrinkled but it flattened out some once it had dried and I didn't mind the wrinkles anyway.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Once the sides were dry, I used the striped napkin to cover the toe and tongue of the shoe.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Once that was dry I painted the sole of the shoe yellow.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Now we'll turn that shoe into a little cart!


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I used the E-6000 (and some hot glue for instant grab while the E-6000 dried) to glue four large buttons to the sides of the shoe for wheels.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Then some mismatched blue buttons on top.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Then I added a piece of jute with a bead on the end to the front so it looks like a pull toy. I used an awl to poke through the front of the shoe and then threaded a piece of jute through.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I also rolled the tongue of the shoe down and glued it down.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


To take up some space inside the shoe, I used a scrap of foam that I saved.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I just used the shoe insert as a pattern to cut out a rough shape and glued it into the shoe with hot glue.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I experimented with regular green easter grass and crinkle-cut paper and decided the neutral looked best. If the napkins I used had any green in them I think the green grass would have been cute.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Then I added this adorable vintage ceramic baby bunny ๐Ÿ˜Š Isn't he cute?!


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Now that the main part is done, it's time to add details. Adding all the layers is my favorite part because I don't have a plan, I just get to experiment ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


I made a steering wheel with two buttons and a toothpick.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I just poked a hole through the rolled-up tongue, snipped the toothpick a little shorter so the steering wheel was at the same level as his hands, and glued it into the hole with a drop of E-6000 glue to hold it.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I added some mini rick-rack trim around the edge above the sole to bring out the blue in the napkins a little more.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I always buy vintage seam binding tape when I find it at the thrift stores, it makes such pretty vintage ribbons. I like to wash and dry it in a lingerie bag to get the wrinkled effect and I have a whole jar to choose from now! 


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I used some yellow to make a little bow for the front of the cart.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


These are some vintage birthday cake candle holders, can you guess what I used them for?


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Tailpipes ๐Ÿ˜


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I then added one of these small carrots I found at the Dollar Store.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Because you have to have snacks when you are traveling!


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


I blushed his cheeks with a little bit of pink paint.


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


And I painted stripes on the steering wheel...


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


And for the finishing touch, I used one of these clay letter stickers...


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


And gave it a license plate. B for bunny!


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


What do you think?


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart

Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart


Altered Baby Shoe Easter Cart



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  1. On my gosh Tania. That is super adorable!

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    1. Thank you! I struggled to get started for some reason but once I did, I couldn't stop! haha!

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  2. Your creative imagination always amazes me! I love how you did the duck and striped napkins. It's all those added little details that make your things exceptional. Love this!!

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    1. Thank you for the supplies Vikki! I love them :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is SO adorable, Tania!

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  4. This is about the cutest thing EVER!! I love it! And the tailpipes are awesome! LOL!

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  5. Oh my goodness... I could only wish a surplus of craft supplies could result in such cuteness in my own house! This baby shoes go cart is precious and so unique!

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    1. Oh please Donna, you are the queen of taking surplus goodies and turning them into amazing things for your home :D Thank you so much for featuring me at the party!

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  6. Tania,
    You are amazing! This is the cutest ever!!!! I have filled shoes before but a car- GENIUS ! This makes me smile and ooo and awe!
    Just love your creativity and had to say hello :)
    xo Lisa S

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    1. Aww, thank you Lisa! I'm so glad you stopped by :)

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  7. OMG! This is way, way beyond CUTE!!! How adorable! And so very creative! I LOVE it! I just found you from FunkyJunk blog. I can already tell that I will be spending a lot of time here and seeing more of your creativity. Can't wait! :)
    Meanwhile, where can I sign up to receive your posts in my e-mail? I glanced around looking for it, but haven't seen it.

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    1. Thank you so much Sue, I'm glad you like the little shoe, it was fun to make! There should be a subscription box embedded in each blog post :)

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