Doll Craft – Upcycled Gold Boots

Sometimes it is fun to customize something and make it all your own.  You know, original and unique.  Sometimes you see a fashion or a style that you want to try out.  Today’s fashion inspiration is Saige’s gold boots!  You know the ones that come with her sparkle dress?  I am going to take this fun fashion inspiration and try it three different ways.  Starting with plain boots and upcycling and customizing them into something fabulous!   

How to upcycle doll boots

The best part will be to try these gold boots with our doll wardrobe!  Let’s see, gold boots with jeans, gold boots with skirts, gold boots with leggings!  Yes, this is going to be a fun style to try out!

Gold boots for dolls

Now it doesn’t make sense to upcycle your own boots unless you can make them for less. I found these tan boots at Joann’s.  They are Springfield Collection boots.  With a 50% coupon I bought them for $2.50.  If you shop sales and use coupons you can get all the supplies you’ll need for cheap, cheap, cheap!    

I’ll walk you through how I upcycled each pair of boots.  I also have tips and tricks and some pros and cons for each version!  

Let’s take a look at what we’ll need.


Before starting, cover the fabric at the top of each boot with masking tape.   

Style #1 – Gold Fabric Paint

Of all the fabric paint in the craft section, this one seemed the best for the project.  It is called Soft Fabric Paint.  It is Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Metallic Gold.  It says on the back of the bottle that it dries flat and flexible.  Perfect! 

Tips and Tricks:

  •  Brush it on with a foam brush.  
  •  Try to brush on the paint the same direction because it leaves subtle brush strokes.
  •  I put on several coats of the paint.  It stays tacky for a while so be sure to let it dry the recommended 4 hours before trying them out.  I scraped some paint off accidentally that way!  Oops!  Be more patient than I was!

Pros and Cons:

  • After a couple of days I gave it the scratch test with my fingernail.  Great news!  It didn’t come off one bit!  
  • The color has a nice metallic sheen. 
  • Gold colors can vary greatly and I like the pale shade of this one.     
  • The paint leaked through the tape on part of the fabric trim.  It is hardly noticeable but could be a problem if you are not careful in the painting process.  
  • The finish still has a little bit of a tacky feel even when it is completely dry.
  • At close inspection you can see what direction the paint was applied.  This may be a problem if your brush strokes went every which way.

 Style #2 – Gold Spray Paint

Of course, I need to start out by saying due to the harmful fumes that accompany spray paint, this project should be done with an adult and in a well-ventilated area.  Also be sure to follow the instructions on the spray paint packaging.  

I used the Krylon Metallic spray paint because it was so shiny!

Tips and Tricks:

  •  Follow the instructions on the can for a great finish!

Pros and Cons:

  • At first the shine of the metallic finish will “wow” you! 
  • With use, the finish is starting to crackle.  I like the look and from a distance it isn’t noticeable.  The crackle has slightly dulled the finish but it is still shiny. 
  • When I scratch the finish hard with my fingernail it dulls and looses it’s metallic luster.
  • I am wondering if re-coating the boots would work, down the road, if you wanted to freshen them up.

Now let’s take a look at the spray paint and fabric painted boots side by side.  The golds are a slightly different shade.

Style #3 – Gold Sequins

I’ve been dreaming of metallic sequin boots ever since I tried on a pair in the fall.  They were copper, silver and gold and I was mesmerized by there shine.  No, I didn’t bring them home for $70, but I’m going to have my fun with some metallic sequin boots for the 18” girls in our house!

Tips and Tricks:

  • Buy more sequins than the little bag I bought!  I had to go back the store and buy more packages.  It took about 2 1/2 package to cover these boots!  I just checked and the package says it is 800pc 5mm.  I know sequins come in all sizes and amounts so hopefully that will help you figure out how many sequins you’ll need.
  • Work in small sections.  Don’t skimp on the glue and make sure as you put it on, you spread it out, not leaving any gaps. 
  • I used a combination of pressing the boot into a pile of sequins and sprinkling on the sequins and then pressing them down flat with my fingers. 


Pros and Cons:

  •  I rubbed the sequins and picked at them to see how durable they are.  The sequins look like they are coming off over the spots where the glue was not spread out well.  The top layer rubs off where the sequins are layered thick.  The sequins that are in the glue against the boot surface are firmly stuck.  It seems like these boots will “shed” sequins for a period after you make them.  I think if you come back and glued more on where they came off initially, they would be quite durable.  
  • This shiny surface doesn’t dull.  It is sparkly and shiny!
  • The sequins make the boot slightly stiffer and bulkier.

Well, it looks like each pair of shiny gold boots have their own look and their own benefits and draw backs.  So what do you think?    

Are you drawn to the pair made with fabric paint?   

Upcycled gold doll boots

How does the spray paint version rate in your book?  

Upcycled gold doll boots

Last but not least these eternally sparkly sequin boots.

Upcycled gold doll boots

Upcycling is really a lot of fun!  It is a way to take something great like these little doll boots and add your own pizzazz to them!  Now that I’ve fully explored gold boots (Thanks Saige!), I’m looking around to see what else inspires me! 

And just in case you are interested, here are a few more details from today’s post-

  • Doll: Morgan, My American Girl #25 
  • Outfit: Dress is made by Anna, Earrings and Necklace 
  • Hairstyle: Side Ponytail

To get the creativity flowing, explore what inspires YOU!

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  1. Thanks for posting. Great idea. I also love the dress – is there a pattern to purchase or a tutorial for the dress?

  2. Omg that is too cute! I just got Uggs so now I have to get my dolls some!

  3. I have to make those !!!! This is one of the best crafts!

  4. Fifthy: I love Morgan’s dress.

  5. Awesome! Just got to get some doll boots and then some paint and a foam brush and then I am set!

  6. Oh wait I just saw what boots you used. Great job Anna!

  7. SPARKLES!!!!! I love (<3) sparkles!!!!!!!! I should name a cat Sparkles! xD

  8. I like the fabric paint one best!

  9. I’m not so into sequins as a general rule, but all the boots are cute!

  10. I wish they were my size!

  11. I think a combination of fabric paint on uppers and sequins on lower part of the boot would be most awesome! Perhaps paired with a seqined belt?

  12. nice!

  13. I love bling!! The fabric paint (photo 1) is my favourite from your description as it sounds like it will be the most durable and the colour and style work well with the outfit. I also like the brightness of the spray paint though and the novelty of the sequin boots!

  14. I’m voting fabric paint but they are all cute! I was just thinking this morning too that Elsie needed some boots…. :)

  15. I saw a tutorial for a pair of heels that I think would work here. To get a sparkly look like the sequins, mix a small amount of Mod Podge with the color glitter you want and paint it on. I apparently works like a charm and doesn’t come off easily.

  16. Thanks all!!!

    Margaret- I am working on a tutorial for the dress. It will be up at this week.

  17. My fave boots are the sequined ones! I love glitter. :)
    Morgan looks so cute in that dress! I especially like the very last picture.

  18. lanielover says:

    Nice job with the dress!

  19. I have those boots. Cool idea!

  20. Anna you are amazing! Very cool idea!

  21. Super cute! That dress looks so cute with the golden boots!

  22. I love the spray paint. But when and if i am going to do this I would be using the paint, I am an artist but I can see the spray paint mess now. Char you and your team are so creative!


  23. Candice Lacy says:

    I love all the boots! Hard to pick a favorite, though I think it might be the spray painted ones… The dress is adorable too.

  24. the spray-painted boots reminded me of a golden egg lol
    which reminds me…. My church is going to have an easter egg hunt March 30! check out my blog for more info!

  25. Omg! This is soooooooooo awesome! Thanks Anna!

  26. Anna, all your crafts are easy but still cute! I truly appreciate the amazing work that you do.

  27. Megan!!!!!! says:

    SPARKLES!!!!!!! XD

  28. Pretty Irish AG says:

    I created a pair of Zumba shoes out of Springfield Shoes and craft foam

  29. wow very clever!

  30. OH MY GOODNESS THOSE ARE SO CUTE!!!! The AC Moore near us sells those boots!

  31. These are so amazing! I really like the sequined boots, but it looks like fabric paint is the best way to go. Thanks, Anna! :)

  32. Aww, they’re so cute! I’ll try to make them!

  33. juliet_the_great says:

    i not actually a big fan on sequins in general, but i do love the spay paint ones!

  34. Let me go to Joann’s or Michaels ASAP! : )

  35. Love it!!!!

  36. i have the same boots

  37. Love Morgan’s dress! Is it Liberty Jane?

  38. StoryTeller says:

    I think I like the fabric pain ones best– they’re probably hold up better, and I personally think that the brushstrokes give them a fun texture. : )
    I love your doll’s dress, Anna! Thank you for sharing this great idea!

  39. Heather Leabman says:

    sequined shoes were all the rage in the 80s – they cost about what Uggs cost now. But, I outgrew it. The fabric pint looked the most lovely because it was made for the job. I’ll probably buy Cecile’s or Saige’s because I am a hopeless moron with crafting.

  40. Where or how did you make that dress or buy it? I love it! And the sequined boots are super cute! I have to make them and that dress!

  41. Allie and Paige- I am featuring the dress on my blog this week. It will be at

    And thanks again everyone!!!

  42. @Heather Leabman I remember back in my days (the 90’s) when jelly shoes were all the rage. I begged my mom to buy me some red ones (red was my fave color when I was little), even though she warned me they would not be the best shoes to wear for a long period of time, especially if I was going to be running around.

    And, like any other Venusian four-year-old, I didn’t care. 😛
    I wore the shoes for a day, and when I took them off, the Poison Control Center, FBI, and NASA nearly deported me back to Venus because of the morbid fumes of feet emitting from the shoes. My mom reacted like Sweet Brown during a house fire, and of course, she said, “I TOLD YOU SO!” >_<

    We later had to dress up like astronauts to throw the shoes out because the stench got so bad.
    Lessons learned: Always listen to your mom, and don't give into something just because it may be popular at the time. 😉

  43. That is so cute! Must. get. spray. paint., paint., sequins., and. boots. for. Caroline…..

    *Hitchhikes to the nearest craft store*

  44. i think that the ones with the fabric paint look best, also with the spray paint but the finish looks more like copper

  45. Sparkles!!!!!!!!! : )