Perhaps it's the recent trips to shoe shops, buying new school shoes for the Autumn school term or the fact that suddenly the girls seem to have outgrown all their footwear, or perhaps there's a moment in a girls life when it all starts: the love of shoes!
Whatever their reason the girls are loving the trying on, the walk around the shop floor, the questions that follow 'how do they feel?' to which they always respond with a 'gooood' like they had just tasted a slice of chocolate gateau with a dollop of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream!
Playing shoe shops at home has become a new favourite pastime and when playing dressing up they insist on getting the right shoes to go with their outfit.
So though these would not pass the test for school footwear nor the after school social events that they are all so suddenly busy with, taking over any chance of me arranging my own, they are perfect for the dressing up box and for, in our house at the very least, playing shoe shops.
The best thing about it is that they can design their very own, be it glittery, flowery, striped or fluffy the budding Louboutin's can let their creativity flourish.
Here's what you'll need:
- Hit the recycling bin and find some cardboard boxes; cereal boxes, double walled/corrugated cardboard boxes, shoe boxes or whatever you can find.
- a pencil
- pva glue
- plastic jewels, tissue paper, feathers, ribbon, glitter, coloured paper, cotton wool - whatever you can find to hand
- Get the children to draw around each others feet onto the cardboard to create the sole of each shoe.
- Cut the feet shapes out and then using these as a template draw and cut another pair to match. You'll need two feet shapes for each foot.
- Using the cardboard from a cereal box or whatever you can find, cut two strips and bend over the front arch of the feet to measure the top strap. This will give you the 'upper' part of the shoe.
- Measure an extra inch either side of the strip as you'll be folding this into the shoe later.
- Let the children decorate the strap as they like. Leave the inch either side plain so it'll easier stick to the sole when you piece them together.
- Now its time to put it together (you may need to let the upper decorated strip dry a little depending on how much has been stuck on!). You're going to sandwich the pieces together. Take one of the foot shapes and cover with PVA glue this will be the sole. Bend the decorated strip and fold the sides under themselves and inwards to stick on top.
- Take the other foot shape and stick on top pressing down firmly. You may find you need to add a little weight to the shoe to help it stick while the glue dries. You can just use the weight of a book or slide the leg of a kitchen chair on top.
- Now they're ready to decorate delicate feet.
There you have it! A collection of beautiful shoes a snip of the price of the best designers but just as highly covetable.
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