When my cousin, who has a love of shoes that rivals only Carrie Bradshaw, announced that she was expecting a baby girl, I realized that no baby shower theme would be more apropos than a “mommy and baby shoe” themed shower. Having designed my fair share of invitations, I wanted this particular invitation to be truly special, as it was in honor of someone very special who always goes out of her way to help people. While trying to think outside of the box, I came up with an idea that was, ironically, completely inside the box. A shoe box, that is. Why couldn’t I design a shoe that also doubled as an invitation? The 3D shoe invitation was born!
DIY 3D Shoe Invitation Instructions:
The invitation needed to be very lightweight so that shipping wouldn’t be cost-prohibitive. A shoe made out of paper seemed to be the most logical and practical solution. Reading through various blogs, I found a template for a paper shoe. Please check out Skip To My Lou’s fantastic paper shoe tutorial here. Although this particular blog’s tutorial focuses on making a witch shoe (a la The Wizard of Oz), the same concept would work for my needs if I made a shoe that looked more like Dorothy’s ruby red slippers than something an evil witch would wear!
For the “baby shoe”, I found the template on the Cute As A Fox blog. Check it out here for detailed instructions and the template.
To add color and sheen to the shoes, I found satin fabric, in light and dark pink colors, at Hobby Lobby. Using a pdf editor, I added a text box with my invitation wording to the shoe template insole area. I printed out each of the shoe templates on silver metallic cardstock paper and then sprayed them with 3M spray adhesive. I carefully adhered the fabric onto the sticky side of the paper and used a bone folder to take out any bubbles and creases in the fabric.
I cut out the shoe, by hand, per the lines indicated in the template. However, this can also be done on the Silhouette Cameo or other cutting machine. After you cut out the shoe along the designated template lines, you simply fold and glue where indicated by the template. I recommend an adhesive that adheres very quickly like glue dots or scor-tape.
I added a lightweight embellishment on top of the “mommy shoe”. The ones I used were 26 mm plastic flatback rhinestone buttons. Unfortunately, the Etsy seller that I purchased these particular embellishments from is no longer in business. For the “baby shoe”, I adhered a small silk flower with a rhinestone center that I found at Michaels in the bridal/quincineara section. I recommend Gem Tac glue for adhering the embellishments.
I embossed the silver lids using a rubber stamp, ink pad, and dark pink embossing powder purchased from Michaels. There you have it! Viola, you have your shoe invitation! What do you think of my witch craft?
Tools and Materials:
2) Cardstock paper
3) Scor Tape
4) Gem Tac Glue (for adhering embellishments)
5) 3M Spray Adhesive
6) Glue Dots
8) Embellishments (brooches, silk flowers, etc.)
9) Box bases and box lids
10) Rubber stamp
11) Embossing Heat Tool
12) Ink Pad
13) Embossing powder
14) Tissue paper (for stuffing the shoe boxes)