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Add a Splash of Color to Your Ankle Boots

A few weeks ago I ran across a pin on Pinterest that featured a pair of Jeffrey Campbell for Free People boots that were a neutral brown with a pop of orange. Then the day after I pinned them, I happened to stop by Old Navy and found a very similar pair of ankle boots on sale for $11. I snatched them up as quickly as possible and took them home with big plans to refashion them. With a little bit of fabric paint, I created these fun color pop ankle boots — a great way to add a splash of color to your outfit. I’ll definitely be wearing these with shorts, skirts, and jeans all year long! Click through for a super simple tutorial!

  • Color Pop Ankle Boots 1 of 7
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    Click through for an easy tutorial to add a splash of color to your ankle boots!

  • Round Up Your Materials! 2 of 7
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    Materials Needed:

    - Boots with elastic siding (mine are from Old Navy on sale for $24, but I found them in store for $11)

    - Fabric paint (mine is Tulip brand from Jo-Ann in "Neon Orange")

    - Sponge brush

    - Painters tape 

  • Step 1. Tape! 3 of 7
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    Tape off your section using painters tape. I went around the rounded edges carefully, using small sections of tape. Truth be told, the sections I free-handed turned out just as well, so the taping is optional. I would still suggest it!

  • Step 2. Paint! 4 of 7
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    Using your sponge brush, dab the paint over the elastic, pushing the paint into the little cracks of the elastic.

  • Step 3. Multiple Coats! 5 of 7
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    Cover the elastic with four to five coats of paint until it's completely opaque. Let your boots dry for at least 24 hours before wearing. 

  • Wear with Skinny Jeans 6 of 7
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    Wear your new colorful boots with a pair of skinny jeans (tucked in if they're super skinny, or cuffed if they're a bit looser). 

  • Add a Splash of Color to a Neutral Outfit 7 of 7
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    My favorite way to wear them is with a neutral outfit, so they really make a statement! 

Find more of Merrick’s style and writing at Merrick’s Art

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