Canada Day DIY: Patriotic pumps 0
Canadians aren’t known for being boastful people — but on Canada Day it’s a whole different hockey game. Across the country, citizens gather outdoors for fireworks, parades and barbecues wearing every loud-and-proud, fabulously mismatching Canadian thing they own — all visible skin not covered by red-and-white clothing is filled in with (polite) nationalist graffiti and maple leaf tattoos.
However, red isn’t everyone’s colour and more than a few find themselves scrambling last minute to come up with appropriately themed attire for the big day.
This is where DIY comes in, for with a single maple leaf stamp, you can turn old shirts, dollar-store hats or cheap tennis shoes into key patriotic pieces of any Canada Day outfit.
And if Canada’s birthday party is taking place at your house, stamps can even help theme up stationery, napkins, beer pong tables and accent plates for an all-out Canadian celebration.
- tennis shoes (Payless $17)
- maple leaf stamp (Michaels craft store $1.50)
- red stamp pad (Michaels $5)
1. Use a stamp and a stamp pad (like I did) or fabric paint to add some Canadian to your shoes for Canada Day.
2. I broke apart a Michaels tri-leaf stamp and stuck it on top of a makeup container for easy stamping (Thanks MAC primer!)
3. If you can't find a maple leaf stamp or Canadian stamp you want to use, you could potentially make your own and you can find a previous tutorial that shows you how to do that here.
4. Note: I used stamp ink to leaf up my shoes, but if you're going to makeover T-shirts and other clothing items you may prefer using fabric paint.
After the Canada Day partying is over, you may want to try and upcycle those liquor empties into gorgeous decor.
Do you DIY? Email feedback and project submissions (and attempts!) to julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca. You can also find Julia on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.