November 22, 2010

glitter shoes: diy




Sparkly shoes seem to be all the rage this season.  All the high end designers seem to have gone glitter crazy and I am loving it! I have been lusting over that pair of Kate Spade's for months now. 


Since I do not have the money to splurge on these babies I thought I might try my hand at a little DIY.  It was a bit more time consuming than I thought (there is a lot of layering and waiting for things to dry) but the results are totally worth is.  Check it out:

Step 1
Start out with a boring old pair of shoes that need a little makeover.
Flats or heels will work. 
I got my shoes from Target forever ago. 

Step 2
Cover the shoe entirely with Elmer's white glue.

Step 3
Glitter!
I mixed lots of different colors together to get the effect I wanted but they are mostly pink.

Step 4
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the shoes are thoroughly covered.
Allow each layer to dry in between coats.
I did 3.

Step 5
Let the last layer dry really well. 
I let mine dry over night.
 Paint a layer of polyurethane over the glitter and let dry 3-4 hours.
This seals in the glitter so you don't leave a trail behind you everywhere you go.
(as cool as that sounds)

Step 6
Apply one more layer of polyurethane for good luck.
Let dry over night. 

TA DA

Wear your new shoes with pride.  I plan on basing my whole holiday wardrobe around these shoes.  What goes with pink glitter.....

10 comments:

  1. Excellent tutorial! I'm definitely going to try this with a pair of flats. Have you had any problems with the glitter flaking at all in the bendable parts of the shoes, or does the poly seal it in completely?

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  2. The heels i used we not very "fabric-y", they are pretty stiff faux leather so i don't anticipate any problems with the glitter flaking off.

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  3. They are so pretty.
    I'm thinking I need a pair of red ones.
    Thank you for the tutorial.

    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  4. these are gorgeous!

    i love fritzi marie's idea about making red ones.

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  5. Oh my GOSH! I so in LOVE!
    I wanted to pink toms for my daughter, but she has a pair of vintage with canvas shoes..you know what I think..YEP they are becoming PINK!!!!
    Can I blogabout it on my blog? mamanbidule.blogspot.com
    totally get it if not, but I WOULD love too..all credit to you.
    Thanks

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  6. do you know how this would work on patent leather? i'm thinking of altering my comfy platforms for my wedding by adding glitter.

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial, just glittered my first pair of shoes and they are fantastic! Saved them from a trip to goodwill and will be a great addition to my summer wardrobe.

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  8. Has anyone tried canvas and had good luck? I am planning on glittering a pair of wedge slides (peeptoe) from payless for myself for my wedding and for my daughter (the flowergirl!!!) I'm just nervous as they are that cavas like cloth...

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  9. I am a nurse and I did this to my old danskos. Love it!

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