I love glitter. I love sparkles and sequins and all things glitzy. So of course I was excited when my friend decided that she wanted all of her bridesmaids to wear really awesome gold glitter shoes for her New Year’s Eve wedding. They are really cute, but maybe not the most comfortable shoes ever. I think I can manage to wear them all night, but we have discussed the possibility of switching to more comfortable shoes later in the night. Either way, I decided to try making a pair out of a comfy pair of old shoes. I had seen some tutorials on Pinterest a while ago, but I went back and read about six or seven of them before I decided how I wanted to proceed.
My sister and I decided to try the technique out before doing the shoes I really wanted to use. She picked a pair of blue, dog-chewed (not by her dog) flats, and I used a pair of red patent pumps. I sanded the patent using a fine grade sandpaper to rough up the surface.
Tape up the bottom of the shoes with paint tape or masking tape.
Then tape up the inside so the glitter doesn’t get inside.
Put the glitter into a small plastic cup and mix it with the Mod Podge using your paintbrush. Add very little of the glue at a time so that you don’t drown the glitter. The mixture should be between a paste and a thick glue. The less glue the better, but you don’t want it to be too thick or the glitter will clump. You can’t really see how much glitter is in the mixture in the picture but it is a lot – a whole Martha Stewart glitter container and about a 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Mod Podge.
Load the glitter-glue mixture with a paint brush onto the shoes in a even and semi-thick layer – even it all out and allow it to dry for a bit before checking for empty spots and reapplying. (If you’re mixture is too runny then you will probably need a coat or two more)
Between coats, wrap your brush and the glitter cup in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
Here you can see the difference between wet and slightly-dry coats.
Once you’re satisfied with the amount of glitter, carefully peel off the tape and let them dry overnight before applying the polyurethane coat. Peel the tape off before they start to dry so that you don’t peel off the glitter with it.
Before wearing your new glitter shoes, spray them with a polyurethane gloss finish to protect and seal the glitter. (Stuff them with plastic bags to keep the spray out of the inside of the shoes)
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