February 28, 2012

DIY: Glitter Shoes

I’m a firm believer that there is literally nothing than cannot be improved by the addition of glitter. Eye shadow, hair spray, pencils, nails, valentines, glue: all things bettered by the use of glitter. I think shoes are definitely on that list too, so when I started seeing a lot of glitter shoe tutorials around lately I recalled my foray into the DIY glitter shoe world in high school, which ended…badly. I needed to redeem myself!

Combining a few techniques I found online I made up a little tutorial so you too can improve your life by adding a pair of glitter shoes!

What You Need
A Pair of Shoes (I used ones that were worn and I was going to get rid of)
Mod Podge
Glitter (I ended up using one whole tube)
Masking or Painter’s Tape
Disposable Cup or Container

How to Make It
1. Tape off all of the areas that you don’t want to cover in glitter. This includes the inside of the shoe too. It will take a while, but it’s really important because once you start you’ll see how messy this gets.
2. Mix the Mod Podge and glitter in your cup. I had a ratio of about 1.5 parts glitter to 1 part Mod Podge.
3. Start painting! Use your brush to evenly cover all the areas where you want to add glitter on each shoe. Let the coat dry fully (took me about 30-40 minutes).
4. Repeat…and repeat and repeat. Oh, and then repeat. Keep painting coats of the glitter glue mixture until you get a desired level of coverage, always letting it dry in between coats. This is a good craft to do during a movie marathon so the time (sort of) flies by. It’s also good to wash your brush in between coats so it doesn’t harden up. I ended up needing 7 coats.
5. When the last coat is dry, cover both shoes in a layer of just Mod Podge to seal everything in.
Let them dry (again!) and remove all of the tape to reveal a dazzling pair of glitter shoes! Oooh! Ahhh! What shiny feet you have! This final coat of glue should seal in the glitter so you can avoid leaving a trail of glitter behind you everywhere you go (unless, of course, you’re into that sort of thing).


  1. You. Are. Brilliant!!!

    I don't think you understand how much I love glitter, peep-toes, and kitten heels. I may just have try this out if I find the right pair of shoes!

    Mindy at Nautical Stripes

    1. I love all of those things too! You should totally try it out!

  2. The glitter shoes are gorgeous <3

  3. Haha, this is interesting


  4. what a great idea :)
    Great Blog,
    Laurie Rose



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