A bride asked me to decorate a pair of shoes for her… so I filmed it for you! First, I’ll show you how to draw really simple peonies, then I’ll step-by-step detail how to apply them to a pair of shoes.


I like to use the same flower when I’m doing a project like this because I find it makes the whole shoe look a little bit more cohesive. And it’s also easier if you’re a beginner! It just becomes a repeatable process with just a slight difference.

First Things First…

Tools You’ll Need

  • A basic sharpie. You can use fabric stained pens like these if you plan on keeping the shoes in good condition. (Let the client know the doodles arenโ€™t 100% permanent!)
  • Toms Shoes

Prefer watching instead of reading? Feel free to skip right to the video and see these in real-time! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป


How to Draw A Basic Peony

Step 1: Draw the centre of the flower.

Start off with a bean-like shape.
Imagine that this is where all of the petals are starting to bloom out from.

Step 2: Draw uneven petals from the bottom and around.

You want to make sure to remember not to make the pieces perfectly round.

Don’t overthink it! ๐Ÿคฏ The more basic and organic it looks, the better.

Step 3: Fill up a page with practice flowers.

Every time you draw one, it’s going to look a little bit different. On your shoes, you will have them facing different directions as well.


Now On To The Shoes!

A basic pair of white Toms.

Step 1: Draw basic flowers (again ๐Ÿ™„).

You can do it in pencil first if you’re a little apprehensive jumping in with a permanent marker right away. And don’t start in the middle of the shoe!

Seam tip! When you get to the seam, just pretend like it’s not there and slowly go around it. Tilt to different angles to make sure you’ve filled in all of the spaces.
First flower done. You got this!
You can kind of fade out the flowers around the edges at the bottom because I find that it looks really nice that way when it’s on your feet.

As you draw more flowers, don’t keep them too tightly drawn together because next we will be adding leaves to fill up the empty spaces!

Step 2: Fill in the blanks with leaves.

Step 3: Fill in any awkward blank spots.

I just add in some extra petals around where I see any awkward blank spaces.

Step 4: Colour in the middle of each flower.

I like to add just a liiitttllllee bit of contrast!

See how much more it makes the flowers POP?! ๐Ÿฟ

OPTIONAL: You can add some shading on the petals and leaves.

Step 5: Repeat on the other shoe!

Remember, it’s not going to look exactly the same on the other shoe.

You also want to make sure that you follow the same guideline with the inside of the other shoe, making sure to have the flowers sort of fadeout from the center. That way, when you look at it from the top, it will look more natural

Step 6: Seal the shoes with shoe spray (optional).

Remember, they probably won’t ever be fully permanent and will start to fade eventually, especially if they get wet.

Any spray from a local shoe store will work, just make sure you read the instructions to make sure your fabric is compatible with it. And I strongly suggest you spray outside! ๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿผ

And that’s a wrap!

Please be sure to tag me on Instagram @thehappyevercrafter and show me your awesome shoes!

Also, be sure to check out this tutorial on Block Lettering!