Think sparkly shoes are only suitable or toddlers and precocious teens named Dorothy? Think again! If recent runways have anything to say about it (and they do) expect to spot glitter heels for quite some time. Back in March, Yves St Laurent unveiled their fall 2014 fashion offerings and dozens of models strutted out wearing multi-colored glitter heels. The sad news is if you opt for a pair of these designer glitter heels, you wouldn’t have any leftover cash for those must-have black tights. Save some money by making your own glitter heels with this DIY shoe craft. You’ll need to plan a few days in advance to allow plenty of time for your shoes to dry.
Make Glitter Heels
- Choose a suitable pair of shoes. For the best adhesion, skip the textured shoes. (Suede won’t work too well.) Instead, repurpose an old scuffed pair or better still, visit the thrift store for some secondhand shoes. Wipe the shoes clean to remove dirt and debris.
- Grab the glitter, glue, paintbrush and shoes. You’ll find that craft glitter works best for this shoe craft. For a cohesive look, I recommend using one color on your glitter shoes or at least work in bands of separate color.
- Cover your workspace with newspaper or a garbage bag. Glitter will scatter, there’s no way to avoid it so prepare for that. (Here’s a tip from me to you: If you have curious kittens, work somewhere that won’t attract the attention of cats who like sparkle.)
- Protect the parts of the shoe you don’t want glittered. Cover the sole and any other parts you want to protect with masking tape.
- Squirt approximately ¼ cup of white glue or decoupage glue in a foam or plastic cup. Sprinkle in the glitter! The more sparkle you add, the more shiny your glitter heels.
- Poke the paintbrush in the glue/glitter mix. Brush the shoe with the paintbrush. You’ll notice that it goes on white but no worries-it will dry clear. Work in small areas of the footwear to get evenly coated glitter heels. Do this for both shoes.
- Allow the shoes to dry for a few hours or overnight, then apply a second layer of glitter glue. After the second coat, you will definitely need to let your glitter shoes dry overnight.
- Brush on one final layer of glue or Modge Podge (without the glitter) to seal the sparkle in. Allow the glue to dry for a few hours and then remove the tape.
That’s it! You’ve got a fabulous pair of DIY glitter heels!
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