You might have seen my other Pinterest DIY: Wool Dryer Balls, which turned out decently, so I wanted to share another Pinterest DIY that was really easy to do, even with a little helper: DIY Waterproofing Fabric Shoes.

Waterproofing Fabric Shoes,

Waterproofing Fabric Shoes, Materials

Fabric shoes are really “in” these days, especially with the popularity of Toms. When I saw a pin showing that you could waterproof fabric shoes with just beeswax and a hairdryer, I just had to try it on my husband’s favorite shoes. These have been pretty well worn, but there’s no harm in prolonging their life! So here’s what you need:


  • Fabric shoes
  • Beeswax: I had some beeswax in the house already because it’s useful for helping wooden drawers slide more easily, but you can probably get a block of it at the hardware store, or even just use a pure beeswax candle.
  • Hairdryer
  • Little helper (optional)
Waterproofing Fabric Shoes,

Waterproofing Fabric Shoes, Left shoe regular, right shoe waterproofed

Waterproofing Fabric Shoes,

Waterproofing Fabric Shoes, Finished Product


  1. Rub the fabric portion of the shoe with beeswax. You should see a thin layer of wax deposited after you rub. No need to be gentle, the  more wax, the more waterproofing you get! Be careful to avoid any suede or leather that might also be on your shoe.
  2. Use your hairdryer to melt the beeswax. The light colored layer of wax will melt and the shoe should turn back to its regular color, with perhaps a hint of darkening (see second photo)
  3. Spritz some water on the shoe and confirm that you’ve reached the level of waterproofing you desire. If you want more, just repeat steps 1 and 2!

After I dribbled the water on the shoes for the picture, I wiped off the water and noticed a tiny bit of dampness where the drops had been. I might go back later and do another coat, but there’s really no rush…it doesn’t rain for months during the summer in Berkeley! I’ve thought of waterproofing other things as well, like a non-washable rug, and even seat cushions. I’m not sure the cushions would work well because they might get sticky with body heat. What do you think? What other uses do you have for waterproofing with beeswax?