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DIY Glitter Shoes



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.


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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.


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Tape up the bottom of the shoes with paint tape or masking tape.


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Then tape up the inside so the glitter doesn’t get inside.


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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.


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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)

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Between coats, wrap your brush and the glitter cup in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.

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Here you can see the difference between wet and slightly-dry coats.

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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.

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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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4 Responses to “DIY Glitter Shoes”

  1. Aurelys — January 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Did you have any issues with glitter coming off after some time? Thinking of doing this with some pumps for my brothers wedding but wondering how well it’ll do in the snow for pictures :)

    • Melissa Belanger replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 12:19 am

      To be completely honest, I didn’t wear mine very much, but they have help up so far. Either way, I would suggest testing them out ahead of time in the cold and in the snow – even putting them outside for an hour or so before wearing them around the house. Just to see how they hold up. They should be okay, but I just want you to be sure before wearing them on such an important day!

  2. faboye — January 23, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Approximately how much did all the supplies cost

    • Melissa Belanger replied: — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:24 am

      The supplies didn’t cost much for me because I already had the glitter and the Modpodge so I only had to buy the brush. I think if you were going to buy all the supplies at once it would cost around ten dollars. If you’re going to a craft store make sure to print out a coupon online!

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