Ok, seriously, this was a super easy DIY and I’m in love with how cute they turned out!

My sister-in-law is a teacher and I just knew she’s love these and totally rock them, as she really is that “cool teacher!”

These Pencil Shoes are perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week, a Teacher’s Birthday or just because! Check out the simple step by step and video tutorials below!


  • White shoes (Here are the Amazon ones I used)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Master’s Touch brand from Hobby Lobby. Below are the specific colors)
    • Titanium White
    • Light Magenta
    • Permanent Black
    • Yellow Medium
    • Warm Grey
  • Paint Brushes
  • Masking or painters tape (optional)
  • Scotchgard Fabric Water Shield

Step By Step Tutorial

Use a pencil to draw the lines on the shoes where you’ll be painting the different colors. If you need to move a line, no problem, just erase and draw it again!

After you’ve got your outline done on both shoes take out the shoe laces. I decided to not paint mine and keep them white.

I didn’t use tape, but it helps you to avoid painting on the sole of the shoe I would recommend utilizing it. First I painted the yellow and while that was drying painted the pink, then the beige, grey and black. By painting every other color on the shoe I avoided having to wait for each color to completely dry before doing the next.

Once the yellow is completely dry pull the tongue of the shoe out one side at a time to paint thoroughly without getting the inside of the shoe painted.

Make sure to wrap each color around the top inside seam so that when the shoes are warn they look completely painted.

I used my Cricut cutter to cut Mrs. Nelson out of vinyl and use as a stencil. I first tried using paint in the stenciled vinyl, but that bled through and didn’t look so great, so I traced then painted instead.

After the paint has completely dried coat the shoes with Scotchgard so seal the paint for a longer lasting shoe. I did two coats for extra coverage. Put the laces back in and Voilà, you’ve got the cutest pencil shoes out there!!

Video Tutorial

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