Our friend Charlavail has been busy painting away on some Vans Classics for the winners of our Classic & Charlavail contest the last few weeks. This week she is also showing you how to make a pair of cute vintage inspired lace trim socks to wear with your Vans. Here’s the tutorial from her below, and be sure to enter the contest to win custom shoes, tees, patches, and stickers over on our Facebook Page. See more about the contest at vans.com/charlavail Good luck! -amanda

Supplies:
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Lace
Socks

The most important thing is to make sure the sock is stretched out at that top when you sew the lace to it. You can stitch it by hand or using a sewing machine. If you use a sewing machine just pull the sock elastic as you go.

Here’s a look at some of the shoes that Charlavail hand painted and some of the other prizes you can win in our Classic & Charlavail contest. There are only three weeks left and winners are picked every Friday! You can enter once a week to win, 11 winners each week get the tee, stickers, and patches shown above and 1 person a week gets all that plus a pair of hand painted Custom Vans. See more at vans.com/charlavail. Good luck! -amanda

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Here’s a look at another pair of hand painted Vans from our Classic & Charlavail contest! Be sure to enter on our Facebook Page from your computer, sorry no mobile devices. You can enter once a week and every Friday we draw 11 winners for a tee, patches, and stickers designed by Charlavail and 1 winner for all that plus a pair of custom painted Vans Classics. Good luck!See more rad stuff from the contest at vans.com/charlavail -amanda

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First pair of shoes I painted for the Vans Classic & Charlavail contest.
Here’s the link for the pattern if you’d like to make your own.

Check out a quick video of one of the pairs of custom shoes Charlavail made above & then enter to win your own [from your computer, sorry no mobile devices] on our Facebook page. Good luck! -amanda

Classic & Charlavail: Week 4

We’ve contacted another round of winners for our Classic & Charlavail contest this week and reset the entries, so be sure to check your emails! You can now enter again for custom shoes, tees, stickers, and patches all designed by Charlavail. Enter here from your computer, sorry no mobile devices.

Plus, we’ve got the final downloadable art section from Charlavail for you guys to finish your DIY 3D Hansel & Gretel piece. If you missed section one or section two grab those first then download today’s new section below and follow the instructions. In the photos above you can see how she made the pieces for you guys and her final version all put together. Can’t wait to see how all of yours come out! 

Download section three here. Then, cut out the new pieces and glue them to your cardboard, trim off the excess and use scrap pieces to make it stand up, just like you did with the other pieces the last two weeks. Perfect weekend project, and don’t forget to enter the contest for this week! Good luck. -amanda 

ps. thanks to sam desantis for the photos! check out her rad blog. 

Classic & Charlavail: Week 3

Here’s part two of our video from when Charlavail came out to our office to get everything ready for the contest. Get to know her a little bit better and get a sneak peek at some of the art ideas for the prizes you can win in our Classic & Charlavail contest. We still have tons of tees, stickers, patches, and custom shoes all designed by Charlavail to give away so be sure to enter on our Facebook page. You have to enter from a computer, sorry no mobile devices. Be sure to enter each week, all entries are reset every Friday when new winners are drawn. If you were paying attention last week we gave you the beginning piece to a DIY art project that she created for you guys. This week we have piece #2, follow the instructions below! 

What you’ll need:
-Everything you started with last week, you can get that here if you haven’t already. 
-Another cereal box
 or piece of cardboard.
-This week’s new piece, click here to open it & print it out. 

Cut out the new piece and glue it to your cardboard, trim off the excess cardboard and create arms out of the leftover pieces to make it stand up, just like you did with the background last week. Come back next Friday for the next printable piece and set of instructions! Lastly, don’t forget to enter the contest! Good luck. -amanda 

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Classic & Charlavail Week 2:
We have contacted the winners from week one of our super rad contest with Charlavail. Now the entries have been reset and you can enter again for this weeks drawing. 11 winners will get a tee, stickers, and patches designed by Charlavail, and 1 insanely lucky person will win all of that plus a pair of custom hand painted Classic Vans. Check out the video if you missed it to learn more and you can enter on our Facebook page from your computer, sorry no mobile devices.
So what’s new this week? A DIY art piece that she has designed just for you guys. You’ll get started now  by following the instructions below [see the photos above for help] and come back on Friday for the next piece to add. In a few weeks you will have a complete 3D art piece designed by Charlavail and made by yourselves. We would suggest reading through the directions in full before starting.
What you’ll need: -cereal box
 -glue
 -scissors
 -ruler
 -pencil
 -printed downloadable art piece, this week it comes in two sections that you will print and connect. Click here to download & print the two pieces.
1. Break down cereal box and lay it out flat.
2. Cut it down the middle, as shown in the photo. You want to leave flaps to the left of both big panels.
3. Cut the top & bottom flaps off except the top flaps on the right piece.
4. These pieces need to be trimmed to the height of the download art piece. The height may vary once it’s printed out, depending on your printer. My original piece measures 6“ tall so I measured 6“ across on the two larger panels.
5. Trim the pieces according to the measurements.
6. Rotate the pieces and place the left panel over the flaps that remained.
7. Again, the pieces need to be trimmed to fit the download art. My original piece measures 18“ wide so I measured 18“ across the two panels.
8. Trim the excess off the left panel.
9. Glue the panels together using the flaps that remained. Make sure the pieces are well aligned so you can still fold on the creases.
10. Cut two strips of scrap cardboard that measure 1.5” x 6”. Make measurements as shown. Press down when you draw these lines, it will make folding the cardboard easier.
11. Fold on the lines in the direction shown.
12. Glue the cardboard tab to the bottom edge of the backside of the bigger cardboard piece. Repeat with the second cardboard strip.
13. Lay the whole thing out flat and glue the artwork to the front of the cardboard. I recommend a glue stick or spray adhesive, this will help prevent it from rippling.
14. Once it’s dry, stand it up and glue the other .5” tab to the back. These pieces are meant to keep the whole piece standing, so adjust as necessary to get it to stand. Let it dry completely. 
 If you are confused just check out the photos. We’ll have the next downloadable piece & instructions for you on Friday. Can’t wait to see how these turn out! If you start yours take photos and tag them #classicandcharlavail so we can see! -amanda
 
 

Classic & Charlavail Week 2:

We have contacted the winners from week one of our super rad contest with Charlavail. Now the entries have been reset and you can enter again for this weeks drawing. 11 winners will get a tee, stickers, and patches designed by Charlavail, and 1 insanely lucky person will win all of that plus a pair of custom hand painted Classic Vans. Check out the video if you missed it to learn more and you can enter on our Facebook page from your computer, sorry no mobile devices.

So what’s new this week? A DIY art piece that she has designed just for you guys. You’ll get started now  by following the instructions below [see the photos above for help] and come back on Friday for the next piece to add. In a few weeks you will have a complete 3D art piece designed by Charlavail and made by yourselves. We would suggest reading through the directions in full before starting.

What you’ll need:
-cereal box

-glue

-scissors

-ruler

-pencil

-printed downloadable art piece, this week it comes in two sections that you will print and connect. Click here to download & print the two pieces.

1. Break down cereal box and lay it out flat.

2. Cut it down the middle, as shown in the photo. You want to leave flaps to the left of both big panels.

3. Cut the top & bottom flaps off except the top flaps on the right piece.

4. These pieces need to be trimmed to the height of the download art piece. The height may vary once it’s printed out, depending on your printer. My original piece measures 6“ tall so I measured 6“ across on the two larger panels.

5. Trim the pieces according to the measurements.

6. Rotate the pieces and place the left panel over the flaps that remained.

7. Again, the pieces need to be trimmed to fit the download art. My original piece measures 18“ wide so I measured 18“ across the two panels.

8. Trim the excess off the left panel.

9. Glue the panels together using the flaps that remained. Make sure the pieces are well aligned so you can still fold on the creases.

10. Cut two strips of scrap cardboard that measure 1.5” x 6”. Make measurements as shown. Press down when you draw these lines, it will make folding the cardboard easier.

11. Fold on the lines in the direction shown.

12. Glue the cardboard tab to the bottom edge of the backside of the bigger cardboard piece. Repeat with the second cardboard strip.

13. Lay the whole thing out flat and glue the artwork to the front of the cardboard. I recommend a glue stick or spray adhesive, this will help prevent it from rippling.

14. Once it’s dry, stand it up and glue the other .5” tab to the back. These pieces are meant to keep the whole piece standing, so adjust as necessary to get it to stand. Let it dry completely. 

 If you are confused just check out the photos. We’ll have the next downloadable piece & instructions for you on Friday. Can’t wait to see how these turn out! If you start yours take photos and tag them #classicandcharlavail so we can see! -amanda