DIY: How to Add Glitter To Your Shoes

Thursday November 24, 2011 by Alexandra C.


I'm starting a 'Glitter/Sequin/Sparkle Appreciation Society' (p.s. that's GSSAS for short) and you're all invited to join! 

It's no secret that I have a deep love for all that glitters and I'm not shy about sharing that love! A few months ago, I shared an obsession for a pair of glittery Miu Miu pumps which got me thinking- why couldn't I find a less expensive alternative to this pair of shoes? 

I decided to do some research and come up with an easy DIY recipe for these babies. There are a few different ways to go about glitterfying a pair of shoes however, this is one I found simplest. 

Here's what you'll need: 
- A Pair of Shoes (leather or fake leather) 
- Craft Glitter 
- White Glue (PVA glue) 
- Spray adhesive 
- Foam paint brushes 
- Painter's tape 

Before you start: 


For the sake of ease, we're going to only be glitter DIY'ing the heels of our pumps. Take your painter's tape and tape off sections of your shoes that you do not want glittered. I taped off end of my heel, and the back heel. 


Step 1: Use your foam paint brush to paint on an even, thin coat of the white glue. You can paint in sections or the entire heel all at once.


Step 2: Sprinkle or gently glitter over top of the wet glue. This will be your first coat so it doesn't need to be perfect. Lightly tap off excess and let dry for a couple of hours or overnight. 


Step 3: Once shoes are dry, lightly tap shoe once again to get rid of excess. Apply another coat of glitter using the same method. Let dry. If needed or if you want a thick, opaque glitter, apply another coat and once again, let dry for the same length of time.


Step 4: Once dry, apply spray adhesive over glittered area. 

Tip: You may want to keep the painter's tape on while applying the spray adhesive because spray adhesive does build up a film on the applied area. Be careful not to glue the tape to the shoe though! 


Step 5: After everything is dry, peel off tape and tap off any excess so you don't leave a trail of glitter behind you (not that that's a bad thing!). You're ready to rock your new glitterfied shoes lovely lady! 

 

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on Jan 07, 2012  Canadian Fashionista  296 said:


I love adding glitter to my shoes, its a cheap way to add a little extra bling to an old pair of shoes- I'm loving your silver and pink together- might have to try this.

I did the same thing with an old pair of plain black shoes from WalMart- found here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=166782653366456&set=a.166874340023954.36848.134312136613508&type=3&theater;

on Nov 30, 2011  AlexJC said:

@curlysue10 Those shoes are SO cool!!! I thought about experimenting with stencils when I was doing these but I figured I would do an easy one first, but these really make me want to try something else out! :)

on Nov 30, 2011  curlysue10  5,761 said:


This DIY reminded me of you Alex ... Leopard Print Glitter Shoes. (Originally spotted on tumblr)

http://www.desdetenerifeconamor.com/2011/10/different-glitter-shoes.html

on Nov 29, 2011  ellstar  3,483 said:

Those shoes are now amazing! I gotta try this, but which shoe to sacrifice..

on Nov 28, 2011  Loyalt  2,001 said:

I don't know why but now I want some Candy!

on Nov 27, 2011  so_adorkable_  1,901 said:

cute! nice colour choice. I saw a DIY for this somewhere before but it's nice to see an example of someone else who glittered their shoes. Turned out nicely!

on Nov 24, 2011  beachbabe  4,126 said:

This is great! I saw a pair of GORGEOUS glitter shoes at Spring the other day but refrained because I wanted to try this on a pair of shoes I already have that were exact same style. So lovely!

on Nov 24, 2011  petitechouxx  1,703 said:

love this DIY! will make one =)

on Nov 24, 2011  LyrissaSmillie  8,645 said:

Interesting idea! Really like this step...
Step 4: Once dry, apply spray adhesive over glittered area.

I would have been able to come up with the rest, but wouldnt have thought of that step! Thanks for this idea, have way too many shoes laying around!

on Nov 24, 2011  GlamGal  2,328 said:

Very crafty, great if you are into the glam look.

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