These cute Fairy Tale Shoes are made from papier-mache egg boxes (egg cartons) … seriously!
They are a bit fiddly so not really suitable for young children although they can have fun decorating pre-made shoes.
The key to making them is selecting the right egg box (egg carton).
You want to get the boxes that have round corners (like the yellow egg box in the photo) and not oval or eye shaped corners (like the brown egg box in the photo).
Cut the egg box into thirds, and then one of the end thirds in half and the middle section into four pieces like the photo below.
Now piece together one of the corners and one of the center points to make your shoe shape, securing and strengthening with papier-mache along the joins first.
The egg box will buckle and go out of shape it too wet so I secure the shape first and let i dry before adding a final layer of papier-mache.
For the papier-mache I use very thin strips of newspaper or old telephone directories. I also like to use cellulose adhesive as the glue base but you could use watered down PVA (white glue) or flour and water paste.
They look fantastic left with just the paper print showing but add a lick of paint and some simple embellishments and the fairy magic comes alive.
If you add a ribbon loop on the back you can hang them as decorations … watch this space.