3 Genius Ways To Upgrade Canvas Kicks

We've already shown you how even the most casual of pieces can make an outfit sing, but what about those plain white sneakers you buy each summer? Sure, they're known as one of the most basic musts for both cost and versatility, but why not use them as the canvas for a fantastic DIY project? Why not get to coloring on 'em before the sand and grass-stains beat you to it!
Ahead, some of the easiest ways to transform your drab sneaks into mini masterpieces. Watch the video above for our checked-show how-to, and then read on for two more majorly cool DIYs. And then, prepare to be the envy of every passerby.
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Here are the three pairs we're gonna show you how to DIY. Trust — they're easier than they look!

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The Neon Accent — The quickest of the three, this simple DIY will add the perfect pop of color to any summer look, not to mention make use of that old bottle of nail polish going to waste on your shelf.

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Here's what you'll need:
Plain white, canvas sneakers
An old bottle of nail polish
Masking tape

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Step 1 — Remove the laces of both shoes. This will give you more flexibility to work with your sneaker — and prevent you from spilling paint on the laces.

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Step 2 — Beginning with the front, place masking tape around the bottom of the front seam of the sneaker. Continue until you have taped around the entire shoe.

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Step 3 — Continue taping around the top of the same seam. Place a small piece of tape at the end of the seam, to cover that section of the sole.

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Step 4 — Using nail polish, paint inside the lines you created with the tape. Allow time for it to dry.

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Step 5 — Remove the tape to reveal your first neon strip!

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Step 6 — Repeat step two on the back of the shoe, sectioning off the seams with your masking tape until an even line has been created.

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Step 7 — Paint inside the lines.

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Step 8 — Continue taping around the seam on the inside of the shoe. This will ensure a super-clean line and a professional look!

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Step 9 — Paint inside the lines until every seam is covered.

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Step 10 — Remove all the tape.

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Step 11 — Re-lace your shoes.

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Enjoy that new pep in your step!

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The Cut-Out Polka Dot — For a playful take on summer's polka dot trend, this cut-out gem will hit the spot.

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Here's what you'll need:
Plain white, canvas sneakers
Small cosmetic scissors
A circular stencil
A pencil
Clear nail polish (or other fray preventative)

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Step 1 Remove the laces from both shoes.

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Step 2 — Place your stencil on top of your shoe. The location isn't so important since you want the spots to be random, but try to steer clear of places you know you toes might pop out of.

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Step 3 — Trace inside the circle with a pencil.

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Step 4 — Repeat all over the shoe until the entire surface is covered.

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Step 5 — Using your cosmetic scissors, (carefully!) pierce the canvas.

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Step 6 — Cut around each circle. Repeat until all circles have been cut out.

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Step 7 — Re-lace your shoes.

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Step 8 — Paint the insides of your dots with clear nail polish to keep them from fraying.

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Pair with a bright sock for a quirky look that emphasizes the holes or wear against bare skin for a summer shoe with built-in ventilation!

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