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DIY Glitter Shoes

GLITTER SHOES WITH TEXT

 

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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DIY Glitter Shoes


Ingredients

  • Supplies:
  • Mod Podge (gloss finish)
  • Ultra fine glitter
  • Painter’s tape (masking tape would work)
  • Polyurethane spray coating
  • Pair of shoes
  • Sand paper if using patent leather shoes
  • Paint brush (synthetic bristles)
  • Plastic cup for mixing

Instructions

  1. First, we started by creating a counter-safe work space by taping brown paper bags to the kitchen counter with painters’ tape.
  2. Next, prep your shoes. Tape up the soles completely so that no glitter won’t get stuck to the bottom and stick some tape around the insides of the shoes too.
  3. Mix your glitter and Mod Podge. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. Between coats, wrap your brush and the glitter cup in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
  6. 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.
  7. Coat with polyurethane spray to seal the glitter.

 

 

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  • Reply
    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 🙂

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 10, 2014 at 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!

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    faboye
    January 23, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Approximately how much did all the supplies cost

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 23, 2014 at 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!

  • Reply
    coby
    January 19, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Hello! Do you think I can use liquid wax instead of polyurethane gloss spray?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 19, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Hi! I really don’t know. I’ve never heard of liquid wax, so I can’t say if it would work or not. Sorry!

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    Sally
    June 2, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I think you should’ve prepped the leather before painting, but I’m not exactly sure how. Acetone will remove some shiny finishes, and fine sandpaper would help to rough it up. I’d like to paint my contra dance shoes, and I’d like it to last at least for a little while.

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    Jess
    July 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I want to use this technique on some canvas shoes for my 3 year old. What brand/type of polyurethane spray do you recommend? A quick Amazon search yielded many brands and finishes and I am just not sure which would be best!
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      July 23, 2015 at 2:39 am

      I just got mine at Hobby Lobby or Joann’s. Honestly, I can’t remember the brand, but it was just a basic spray from one of those stores. Nothing special or fancy.

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    Crystal
    September 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the tip about using the poly. I have been too nervous to try, yet my sample shoe is a sale f21 so I can live without it if it doesn’t work? Any thoughts on using chunky slitter?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      September 24, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Yes! Those sound like a perfect pair of shoes to do this one. Personally I would try to avoid super chunky glitter, just because it won’t lay as smoothly on the surface of the shoe, which may cause it to not adhere properly and then you may end up leave a trail of glitter where you go. But, I’m sure if you were to use a medium glitter and get it on nice and smoothly it would work just as well as the fine glitter.

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    Bella Herondale
    October 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The shoes look fantastic! I really want to do this for a Dorothy from oz costume for halloween!

  • Reply
    Raina
    December 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Given the fact that this was published three years ago, I don’t totally expect an answer for this. But do you remember where you got your glitter?? I’m trying to make these shoes for the winter formal but I seriously can’t find ultra fine glitter in a not-so-obnoxious gold ANYWHERE…
    So far, everywhere I’ve looked (Walmart, Jo Ann Fabrics, Michael’s) only had ArtMinds (Link: http://www.michaels.com/artminds-extra-fine-glitter/M10226100.html?dwvar_M10226100_color=Crystal#q=ArtMinds+glitter&start=1) and I am worried that the gold color will look tacky. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!! 🙂

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      December 7, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I used Martha Stewart brand glitter! I think it was from Michael’s.

  • Reply
    Kaitlynn
    January 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Hi!
    I am doing this with a pair of pumps and a pair of flats, both in a rose gold for my wedding. How much glitter and modpodge did you need to do two pairs of shoes?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 13, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      I would love to see how they turn out!!

      • Reply
        Kaitlynn
        January 13, 2016 at 8:41 pm

        Thank you! How much glitter and mod podge did you use for two pairs?

        • Reply
          Melissa Belanger
          January 13, 2016 at 9:35 pm

          Honestly, I can’t remember. It was so long ago, but I had one of those small inch-long Martha Stewart tubes for each, and a regular sized bottle of mod podge for both, which I definitely didn’t finish.

  • Reply
    Shelley Wright
    April 15, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Do you think this would work with a pair of those dyeable shoes you can get at every Bridal store?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      April 15, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I think so. I know that ModPodge works on fabric usually, so it should be fine! I’m not sure how long they will hold up. Let me know how it goes if you do!

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    Ashleigh
    October 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Is it ok to use regular acrylic spray. I’m in michael’s and they do t seem to have the other.

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      October 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Yes. I think that would be fine!

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    Dwam rizvi
    July 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Instead of mod podge can i use fevicol glue to paint my shoes and what is the alternative for polyurethane spray ?? Please help
    😊

  • Reply
    Heather
    October 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I’m curious was the polyurethane spray gloss, satin or matte?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      October 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      I honestly can’t remember. I’m so sorry. If I had to choose today, I would go with satin because the matte might dull their sparkle.

      • Reply
        Heather
        October 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm

        No worries. I would have chosen satin too. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Liz
    January 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Do you remember what color the glitter for the flats was? I’m looking for a color similar to that but I’m not sure what it would be called. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      January 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      No. I don’t, but I do remember that the glitter was Martha Stewart brand from Michael’s! I hope that helps!

      • Reply
        Liz
        January 20, 2018 at 5:01 pm

        Thanks, I’ll check that out!

  • Reply
    B Flower
    March 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks SO much. I’m getting my wardrobe together for a 7 day trip to London and am considering spraying a durable pair of Clarke’s Mary Janes with a glitter color that will match my skin tone! Would make my trench coat POP. Again, thanks.

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    agatton
    May 5, 2018 at 5:53 am

    WOW! I spent $100 years ago on a pair of Coach glitter flats for my niece. She shares them with her sister and has worn them down past the heel. I can’t find another pair like them anywhere. You are the answer to my shopping prayers. Thank you! I can’t wait to make these. Mod Podge rules!

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    ANNE CHLOVECHOK
    January 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I’m going to try this on boots for a Disco costume. Thanks for the info!

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