Restyle: Converse One Star for Target

Untitled-1I’m so excited to share this fun DIY collaboration with Converse One Star for Target! They sent over an adorable design kit with a brand spankin’ new pair of classic white Converse One Star sneakers, and asked me to customize them to match my personal style.

I put my own little spin on them with a few tricks and some simple craft supplies. Get the full run-down after the jump — including details about a giveaway from Target for a chance to design your own pair!


I started with a super-white pair of Converse One Star for Target sneakers, and big plans to spice them up a little with some gold and leopard for fall {ya’ll know I love myself some leopard}.


First, I wanted to take the bright white to a natural canvas color. [Enter my first try at tea dying]. I brewed a full kettle of strong tea, then cut the tea in half with an equal amount of water. After letting the liquid cool to room temperature, I removed the laces from the sneakers and dunked them in a big pot with the tea covering them completely to soak up the stain.


While they were cooking, I took some time to practice my leopard print [another first]. Using my favorite Michael Kors leopard pony hair wedges as inspiration, I got to work making spots with fabric paint in metallic gold and medium brown and sponge brushes from the craft store.


The great thing about leopard is it’s perfectly imperfect, so recreating it isn’t as hard as it looks. I found the best results when I made messy ovals with the gold metallic paint and the round end of the sponge brush, then made the edges of the spots with the medium brown and the narrow sponge.


The sneakers soaked in the tea bath for about an hour until they reached the color I was looking for. Keep in mind that the stain will look darker when it’s wet, so let it get a little darker than your desired end result. I let them dry overnight.


The next morning, I painted the black stripes and the top part of the rubber sole with two coats from a metallic gold paint pen.


When the gold paint dried, I went to town on the leopard spots! I toyed with the idea of covering these babies completely {meow} but decided to focus on a few strategic areas instead. We try to keep it classy around here.


Speaking of classy, I thought they could use a little extra fancy with some bling. So I added a few light brown Swarovski crystals…


… And gave the star the respect it deserves by painting it with the gold metallic paint I used on the leopard spots and my angled eyeliner brush {clearly my DIY kit needs some restocking}. Finally, I replaced the laces with ribbon.

Fini! What do you think? Are they me? ;-)


Now it’s YOUR turn…

Target is giving one lucky APP reader a design kit and a Target gift card to customize your own pair of Converse One Stars! To enter, leave ONE* comment telling us how you’d style your pair, along with an email address and/or URL where I can contact you if you win. All entries must be received by this Friday, October 14th, at 11:59PM EST. A winner will be chosen at random next week. Good luck!

Editor’s Note: Giveaway CLOSED

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target. I received material compensation for this post, which I will keep. Target sent the Converse One Star sneakers and design kit for my review, editorial consideration, and for a giveaway to A Pretty Penny readers. 

* To keep things fair, any duplicate comments will be deleted.

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  1. xoeneida wrote:

    Wow. This is soo cute and creative! I really want to do the same! Keep these types od DIY’s coming! :]
    Eneida | xoEneida

    Posted 2.7.15 Reply
  2. super cute and rockin

    Posted 12.28.11 Reply
  3. OMG! I love these. I’m not even sure what I would do if I won because I love yours so much. I might have to copy you. :)
    justfabuless at gmail dot com

    Posted 10.14.11 Reply
  4. Anne wrote:

    I would do a glitter Skull design. Love this do it yourself Idea!!!

    Posted 10.14.11 Reply
  5. Kimbercrafts wrote:

    I love what you did with your pair – leopard print is my favorite! I think I’d decorate my pair with a zentangle doodle. I love to draw freehand without too much of a plan – it always ends up with a fun abstract design!

    Posted 10.13.11 Reply
  6. Jessica Cooke wrote:

    I would style them in my little sisters favourite colours – blue and green- with some sparkle as a gift for my favourite (and only) little sister!

    Posted 10.13.11 Reply
  7. faith wrote:

    I would love to cover mine in script, using the lyrics to a favorite song, with metallic or neon markers.

    Posted 10.13.11 Reply
  8. Ariel S wrote:

    I love how you did the stripes in gold along the bottom, and the print of course. They suit you! ;) I would do a blush peach mixed with sea foam. Probably in a flowery pattern.

    Posted 10.13.11 Reply
  9. colourmei wrote:

    Wow a chance to design my own shoes.. What to do, what to do? Hmmm… When I asked myself that question ideas ran through my head and as i browsed down the page to get to the comment box i noticed that i wasn’t the only one that loved this idea. Then it hit me..

    ZEBRA print!!!~!

    Why not… i mean i love that you can do so much and not to mention that it looks GREAT with a pair of stone washed jeans.. i can just see my feet now…

    Well thanks for listening.. you can find me @ or email me @ fordmei@yahoo

    Posted 10.12.11 Reply
  10. Keely wrote:

    Oh, my. This looks like so much fun! I love your design. I’d probably go for studs and a little sparkle.

    Posted 10.12.11 Reply
  11. Candice wrote:

    Ooooh, fun!! Maybe I’d do a zebra print. Or a faux tie-dye. Or…or….or!! :) So many possibilities!

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  12. Marisa wrote:

    This is awesome!! I love the idea that you can design your own converse! The end result could have looked arts and craft, but you did a great job and the shoes look like they were sold with cheetah already on them! Well done.

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  13. OMG love this Keira so cute!!! <3

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  14. Leah Weeks wrote:

    Love this idea!! I am thinking I would do either a Minnie Mouse inspired look with red and white polka dots or maybe something Go Gators!! with orange and blue!!

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  15. Kaitlyn wrote:

    That is such a cute idea! A very good, inexpensive way, to spice up a pair of converse shoes. And, each person can get creative with how they style their shoes!

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  16. Laurel wrote:

    mine would have to be red polka dots… bright and fun.

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  17. Anne wrote:

    Love Love this!!! Love your design!! What a cool idea ..

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  18. I think I would kick my kickers up with the some Steeler colors!! Let’s Go Steelers!!

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  19. shopfreak wrote:

    Love your creativity with this pair! I’m not sure how I’d restyle it..maybe something pink and bike related to go with my pink cruiser bike! thanks for the chance to win!

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  20. Joanne wrote:

    Love your pair, soo cute. Since I’m uber obssessed with Converse (only sneakers I wear, yeah a little of a dork) I would love an ombre pair. Maybe with colbalt blue or a deep purple?

    Posted 10.11.11 Reply
  21. You did such an amazing job – I would so buy leopard converse! I would do some sort of gray stripes – simple I know, but I like it!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  22. Sarah wrote:

    Polka dots, flowers, stars, multicolored stripes of varying thicknesses – the possibilities are endless!


    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  23. Oh my Gosh, this sounds like so much fun! I was thinking since it already has a few stars, I would do the American Flag somehow. So basically red, white & blue….Hmmm….my brain is going crazy with ideas now! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    I think I would try a red, white and blue combo – so patriotic! :)

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  25. Erin wrote:

    wow! this would be a fun project- I would do mine a damask black and white pattern
    cinnamonlvr at aol dot com

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  26. skippysays wrote:

    So cute- love how you personalized them!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  27. rhiannon wrote:

    these are adorable!! great job.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  28. heidi wrote:

    this is so fun, i absolutely love what you created! dying them in the tea bath was a fantastic touch! i would love to try my hand at dye too, maybe a light teal? and then accent with some coordinating crystals in a random groupings… my creative juices are already flowing! thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  29. This is absolutely adorable! How fun! I would probably design them with a floral print because that it one of my all time faves and I think it would be a fun girly/tomboy piece to own.

    <3 Rachel

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  30. Shayelle wrote:

    I absolutely love the outcome of your Converse! I’d love to try doing a similar animal print, maybe zebra or small cheetah. Though it’d be up in the air once I had them in front of me. :)

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  31. Anxhela wrote:

    Love this giveaway. I would probably do your design as I am a cheetah/leopard print fanatic myself. But I would add glitter to them on top of the cheetah design and probably I would do a non traditional color like pink and black.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  32. Jenny wrote:

    So cute! I would love decorating my own; I would probably do colorful flowers.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  33. Mara Joie wrote:

    No doubt represent PHILIPPINES! get a philippine flag painted on there!! i totally LOVE yours though, keira—i thought u bought them like that from target LoL. well done!!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  34. T Crane wrote:

    I would try an ombré style!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  35. Kristina wrote:

    Love the animal print you did with these~ <33
    I use to buy vans and do custom shoes for myself- but its been a while. I've have a couple things in mind I'd want to do, so its hard to choose any one particular idea. I would probably stick to doing some kind of floral design with paint or markers though. :)

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  36. Wendy T. wrote:

    I would stripe it up – likely in red & white.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  37. Girl you have outdone yourself. SERIOUSLY cute. I have always wanted to decorate a pair of cons with type. Possibly my favorite poem or verse? I’d also add ribbons for laces. : )

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  38. Sage wrote:

    What a fun idea! Your leopard design is great for fall, but I’d like to cover them with green apples to match my blog header and profile pic. Green is also my favorite color, so I know I’d wear them a lot.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  39. Jen P wrote:

    The leopard is great i would probably do damask design. The background and the danask would be the same color but the demask design would be sparkly!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  40. Kellie wrote:

    I am so impressed by your craftiness!! Since I live in Jacksonville — and am NOT a fair weather fan — I would jag them out with some teal and black jaguar print and switch out the laces with something obnoxiously sparkly to make my game-day attire extra cute!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  41. Shon wrote:

    Roar!! Those are so cute. You could make a few and sell them in the shop? There is a lady in my area who customizes cowboy boots!! You may be on to something. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  42. Chaundi wrote:

    Zebra print! All about the Zebra print for me these days! However, I do think that leopard comes in a very close second place! These turned out so awesome!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  43. Hieu wrote:

    Your design came out great!!

    The Converse One Star design I have had in mind for a while is for a friend of mine. Earlier this year he competed in a music competition and made us all very proud. Converse shoes are part of his signature look and I have wanted to make a special pair for him for a while now to celebrate his new found success… I’m thinking bright red swarovski with a touch of black glitter for some bold and ferocious animal print.

    Thanks for the inspiration!! XOXO

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  44. Nori wrote:

    Yours turned out great! I’d probably keep mine simply and do polka dots. I’m not sure what color. Black and white, red and white, or pink and white.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    I like the leopard but I would design these for my best friend (who isn’t into animal prints). Therefore, I would decorate them with words relevant to our friendship (places we gone, things we’ve done, etc.)
    mas10aa at

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  46. Lindsay! wrote:

    I would buy some lace and wrap it tightly around the shoes and go to work with some spray paint to create a classy, casual sneaker.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  47. I love the leopard! I think I’d get all retro with a damask print or something graphic and clean.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  48. How cool! I love what you did with yours. I just might cover mine in glitter… :)

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    The leopard print is amazing! I would probably try a “Burberry” look on mine if I won. Could be tricky, but they would go with everything!

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  50. Très bien wrote:

    I love the stain idea! I think I would replicate that and then decorate them with birds and trees.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  51. Jenn wrote:

    You could have totally fooled me that these were a DIY project! I would style mine by dying them a grey color and adding a red or blue ikat border around the bottom.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  52. Katie wrote:

    SO CUTE! These turned out so cute! Love the animal print!

    I would customize mine with some black polka dots. Kind of simple but totally cute and totally me. :)

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  53. Omg! These are the cutest, that’s such a great collaboration! I love love the design you came up with!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      I love the leopard print but would need lots of practice- I’m no artist.
      I have a tomboy daughter who hates wearing dressy clothes and shoes, so I will make her a pair with a simple black and white chevron, stripe or polka dot pattern so she can wear them out with a pair of lack pants and a pretty top, her favorite ‘dressy outfit’.

      Posted 7.31.15 Reply
  54. Athena wrote:

    Your sneakers are too cute. I would love to design a pair with maybe a ombre cheveron pattern or either watercolors.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  55. Kristin wrote:

    Super cute idea. I would style mine with a paisley design with my favorite fall colors.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply
  56. katie glasgow wrote:

    Those are so cute! I would do mine in gray with stars all over. My daughter would probably make me do sparkly ones, so the classy may be gone when they got done.

    Posted 10.10.11 Reply