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I Made My Own R2-D2 Toms And You Can Too

Remember those amazing R2-D2 Toms that made the rounds on the internet a few months ago? I admired the heck out of them but because I’m crazy and wanted to save a little cash, I wanted to make a pair on my own. I wanted to look down at my feet and be proud of the R2-D2 shoes I painted. It was a fun project, if a bit time-consuming. If you have four or so hours though, you can do it yourself. You’ll need the following:

  • TOMS (naturally)
  • Acrylic paint in silver, red, blue, and white (I used Liquitex brand)
  • Black sharpie (medium point or so)
  • Paintbrushes – one medium size one for the base and a smaller one for details
  • Pencil
  • R2-D2 action figure or photos for reference

Wipe off your TOMS with a paper towel to get rid of any lint. Decide where you want the white and silver (use your reference or the photo above as a guide) and lightly pencil on lines. Fill it in with white and silver. I let mine dry after the first layer and added a second. You can use just one layer for a more faded look.

After the paint is completely dry, lightly pencil the R2-D2 lines. This means the squares, circles, and blocks. Use your reference photo and realize that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Fill in your lines using the colors on your reference material as a guide. Try to stay within the lines as much as possible. I only used one layer of paint for all these parts.

Let everything dry thoroughly and go back with your medium point Sharpie to outline the blocks and circles and to fill in the black colors on two of the circles. Tada, R2-D2 shoes!

If that sounds like more time than you want to invest, you can always order a pair on Etsy for $75 and up.


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