If your little one is wild about Wookiees , they’ll go gaga over this easy DIY! Chewbacca, better known as “Chewie,” should be familiar to you if you’ve seen any of the Star Wars Movies starting with Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith through the spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’s a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk and we think he’s one of the best characters in the whole series. He’s loyal, courageous and empathetic. He’s the perfect pal to keep Han Solo on the straight and narrow. He may be 7 feet tall but if you follow this tutorial he can fit on any size feet. This lovable and loyal friend is the perfect inspiration for a new set of custom kicks for any Star Wars fan.
He was Han Solos’s trusty co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon and now he can help pilot your walk in the park. This project uses acrylic paint and a piece of felt to transform a basic pair of canvas shoes into a hairball you’re sure to love! Shoe+Chewbacca=Shoebacca.
This DIY was created, shot and written by Tara at Spot of Tea Designs. Go check out her blog for tons of creative ideas like this one.
- White canvas shoes
- Acrylic paint – black, shades of browns and greys
- Paintbrushes – skinny and wide widths
- Painter’s Tape
- Felt – brown
- Needle and brown thread
- Brown shoelaces
First, cover the sole of your canvas shoes with painter’s tape.
Remove the laces and cover the body and tongue of the shoes with dark brown acrylic paint.
Use a mix of browns, black and tan paints to draw lines of different widths on the shoes, like Chewbacca’s hair.
Once dry, paint a black strap along the top of the shoe. Add grey boxes so it resembles Chewie’s bandolier.
Cut two pieces of brown felt in the shape shown. Paint more hair and Chewbacca’s face onto these felt shapes.
Once dry you can remove the painter’s tape.
Sew or glue the Chewbacca faces onto the shoe’s tongue. They will fold down to cover the laces when worn.
Tip: if you go the sewing route, use an embroidery needle which is typically stronger than the regular sewing needle.
Add laces to the shoes and they’re ready to be worn.
While Peter Mayhem, the original actor who played Chewbacca has sadly passed on, the friendly nature of this furry friend can live on in the form of your newly painted kicks!