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Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

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By Theresa Caney
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Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

Animal adorned flats have been an unlikely fashion must-have in the past few years, with sell-out designs from Marc Jacobs and Charlotte Olympia making cat and mice the most fash thing to happen to footwear since Louboutin\'s red soles! Luckily you don\'t need a big budget to try out the trend for yourself, because Katie from Cherry Humbug has devised her own DIY tutorial, finally making this adorable look affordable! Yay!

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"To start with, you will need a pair of shoes to transform! I really fell in love with a glittery gold pair of some designer mouse flats I saw, which is why I chose this pair. You can find all kinds of brand new ballet flats cheaply on eBay, which is where I got these ones from.\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"You will need: Fabric (for the ears and nose), Rhinestones (for the eyes), Some plastic thread (for the whiskers), a form of adhesive (I’m using my trusty old glue gun!) and of course, scissors!

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I am using some fabric I cut off from a tote bag that I had lying around in my room, but you can use whatever you want as long as it’ll stick to the shoes etc with the adhesive method you’re going with. The idea with the tutorial is to be thrifty, so by all means use something you already have if you think it’d be suitable – or if not, you can always get some materials together cheaply elsewhere!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"The first thing you need to do is to decide where you want the eyes to go. This is essentially down to you! I have spaced mine about fingers’ width apart, and have dotted them on with a dry wipe marker. This kind of marker is good because you can rub off the dot if you want to move it somewhere else, as I had to do once or twice!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"You will now need to cut out some little semi-circles to make the ears with. You will need 4 of these, to make 2 ears for each mouse. The semi-circles I made are approximately 3cm high x 1.5cm wide, but it really is down to individual interpretation, as well as the size/style of your shoe!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"In order to create the folded over ears, you will need to fold the semi-circle in half, glue/sew/bondaweb (or whatever it is you’re doing!) along the long, straight edge of the fabric, and glue them so they look less like shapes and more like little mousey ears!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"Now’s the time to see the mice take shape, with the addition of the ears. Simply attach it to the shoe from the smaller edge so that the majority of the ear stands off of the shoe, like ears do!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"Now is time for the finishing touch, the nose and whiskers! I opted not to put the whiskers on in the end, but if you want to use them you can simply cut them to size and stick them to the back of the noses before they are attached to the shoe.

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All you need to do is cut out a couple of pieces of material that look like this, and glue them on to the tip of the shoe. I’m not really how to describe them shape wise, but they will look perfect as a nose for your little friends : ) ta da!\"

Cool Customiser: DIY Mouse Flats!

diy mouse shoes, diy cat shoes

\"Here\'s the finished look!\"

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Check out Katie\'s blog Cherry Humbug for style and DIY inspiration!

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