DIY Shoes / Wood burned ’70s – ’90s Floral Wood Platform Wedges

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You can’t think of ’90s fashion without ’60s and ’70s styles coming to mind, well, I can’t anyway, because when I think back to some of my favorite looks of the time, they were either inspired by those decades, or quite literally taken from them. In the ’90s is when I started really shopping at thrift stores, and not only that, I chose thrift shops over new stores because they had the exact styles I was looking for vs the new shops which had nothing even close or crappy replicas of the styles I was looking for, which to me, back then, was far less cool than having the original.

As I am much older now, I can see the value in new looks inspired by old fashions, and since it has been twenty years since the ’90s now, there is a fun mix of all the decades into one new and modern look, and this is fun… or at least, this is what I tell myself to make aging more fun for me 🙂

Anyway… I recently had a flashback to the groovy floral wedges of the ’70s that became popular in the ’90s and thought it would be fun to DIY a pair of my own since they don’t really exist anywhere to buy just yet, other than these gorgeous mosaic wedges by Dolce & Gabbana, which are similar, but not exactly the crafty, woodsy, hand-made ’70s style I was going for.

So I grabbed my woodburner and my wood-soled leather strap wedges I bought a few years ago, and got busy. To be honesty, I’ve actually had a surprising amount of practice with a wood burner, on leather, more than wood… I used to burn a similar floral design into leather belts a million years ago, so I thought I’d free-hand it all over my shoes because it’s pretty cute, but any floral design will turn out cute as well.

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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  • Wedges with a true wood sole. Mine are Steve Madden from a few years ago… Opt for leather straps if you want to decorate those as well.
  • Woodburner pen

Make sure to do this in an open/ventilated area and wear glasses if the {very small amount of} smoke irritates your eyes.


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Your woodburner tool probably comes with four different tips. I like the curved tip with a point best. I believe it’s the calligraphy tip, but it creates the smoothest lines without breaking or getting stuck in the grooves.

NOTE: Most wood-soled shoes, however, usually have a finish, which makes burning a bit more difficult. Draw your designs out with pencil or pen first if you’d rather be more precise and/or find printable designs.

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There are a few options for free-hand designs…

Create your flowers slowly and one at a time or…

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Burn them all on lightly at once to create your print, then go over each one slowly to get the full burned effect.

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Do all the wood at once and all the leather at once because they burn differently.

Use a lighter touch on the leather and a heavier hand on the wood. The leather will burn quicker and easier and smoother, but if there’s a finish to it, which there most likely will be, it will stick to your burner and you’ll have to let it sit to warm up again after a few flowers drawn.

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Go over any light burned section for a more in-depth design. Be as simple or as intricate as you like!

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Make sure to space your flowers out and cover all areas, including the back. Don’t worry if your designs aren’t perfect! That’s the point!

I skipped the ankle straps, but you can choose to decorate any, all, or just parts of your shoes. Get creative!

And… Voila!

I have to wear my groovy floral wooden wedge sandals with socks at the moment because it’s Winter {and let’s be honest, I haven’t had a pedicure in months} but also… brrrr, it’s cold out herrr!

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Have Fun!

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Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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