Last week I posted a pic on Instagram of some shoes I was glittering for my friend, Stacy. She wanted a pair of glitter booties like this pair but since they were no longer for sale I decided to make her a pair. I received tons of questions about the process and supplies. I thought I’d post a quick how-to for those of you wanting to DIY your very own pair of glittery shoes. There are many ways to get this look but here’s what I did…
You’ll need: A pair of shoes that you want to glitter. Choose a pair with a nice shape. We did a pair of bootie heels and a pair of slip on flats. Use either fabric glue or tacky glue. Glitter (we used the big rainbow glitter from the kids aisle at the craft store! You’ll also need a small paint brush.
All you have to do is use a small paint brush to apply a heavy layer of glue to a section of your shoes, cover them in glitter (pour it on over a piece of paper). Allow that section to dry and then do more and more sections until your shoes are completely covered in glitter! After you’ve worn them a couple times you might have to touch them up with more glitter. It really depends on the pair of shoes and how much they bend when you walk! Beware, glittering shoes is pretty messy. You’ll be finding glitter everywhere for a week or two, but I think it’s worth it!
Tips: It can be difficult to get the details perfect, like going around laces, getting the tongue of the shoes and creating clean edges. Take your time and after you’ve finished the entire shoe and it’s dry, go back and fix any details that you missed with more glitter! These are a little time consuming, but I finished a couple pairs in one evening.
PS. If you want a less messy method, I did another pair of shoes with glitter paint last year. See them here!