How to Make Glitter Shoes!

If you are a fan of all things that sparkle, then the thought of glittery shoes probably makes your heart beat a little faster.

You can shell out some dough for a pair like this or this, but did you know that you can also make your own glitter shoes or boots at home?

There are many ways to get this look, but here’s what I did …

Shoes with gold glittered heels
Woman wearing Shoes with gold glittered heels

Supplies:

Is there a type of shoe material that works best for this glitter DIY?

  • While there are a lot of fabrics that can work for this, our favorite material would be a suede or dull leather/faux leather material that’s not too shiny (like these boots or these shoes). Cloth shoes should work as well!

What type of glue is best for this project?

  • We’ve found that fabric glue or tacky glue works best for this kind of project since it’s made to bond with items like glitter and fabric. Glue that’s mostly for paper, for example, wouldn’t be a good choice.
high heel shoes, glue, and glitter for DIY project

Can I use biodegradable glitter?

  • You should be able to use biodegradable glitter for this project (like this or this). Since DIY glitter shoes probably aren’t something that you’ll go hiking in or wear out during a monsoon, you should be fine using biodegradable glitter as long as you keep them out of extreme elements.

If you want that glitter look in less time …

Try adding glitter to just one part of the shoe like the heel or the toe. You can tape off a section that you want to add glitter to with painter’s/masking tape and cover the rest of the shoe in a plastic bag to keep glitter off it.

Then, apply the glitter to the part that you want to highlight. It’s less mess and less time, but you’ll still get a glitter accent on your shoes.

How do I apply the glitter?

All you have to do is use a small paint brush to apply a heavy layer of glue to a section of your shoes and 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 could also do this in a plastic bin or box lid to try and keep it contained. You’ll be finding glitter everywhere for a week or two, but I think it’s worth it!

You can do several coats of glitter to 1000% cover the item, but it also helps to have the base shoe be a similar color so if you have small amount of gaps you really won’t notice it.

Do I need to seal the glitter?

You don’t “have” to seal the glitter, but it will help the item wear better and longer (with much less shedding) if you add a coat or two of a sealer like this once your glue has dried. It will be white, but it dries clear so you’ll still get the full glitter effect when dry.

Tips:

It can be difficult to get the details perfect, like going around laces if you have some, or 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.

Shoes with gold glittered heels next to gold bag with glitter

Can I add glitter to other items as well?

Yes! You can add glitter in this manner to other accessories like hair clips or purses.

Just be mindful of items that are handled a lot since these DIY glitter items are more fragile, so make sure the purse has another area that you hold most of the time, or a strap or something so you aren’t always handing the glittered area to make it last longer.

Shoes with gold glittered heels

Glitter shoes

Glitter booties 1

Here’s a full-on glitter shoe that Elsie made for our friend Stacy several years ago. How cute are those?! Maximum sparkle opportunity. What do you think: Are you a glitter shoe person now?! xo. Elsie and Laura

If you love this project, check out our Gold Glitter Star Shoe DIY or Easy Croc Charms DIY!!

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Laura Gummerman. 

How to Make Your Own Glitter Shoes

How to add glitter to shoes or boots!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Dry Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 1
Author Laura Gummerman

Ingredients

  • painters or masking tape
  • plastic bag
  • paint brush
  • fabric glue
  • glitter
  • sealer like Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. 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!

  2. 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 could also do this in a plastic bin or box lid to try and keep it contained. You’ll be finding glitter everywhere for a week or two, but I think it’s worth it!

  3. You can do several coats of glitter to 1000% cover the item, but it also helps to have the base shoe be a similar color so if you have small amount of gaps you really won’t notice it.

  4. You don’t “have” to seal the glitter, but it will help the item wear better and longer with much less shedding if you add a coat or two of a sealer once your glue has dried.

    It goes on white, but dries clear so you’ll still get the full glitter effect when dry.

Recipe Notes

It can be difficult to get the details perfect, like going around laces if you have some, or 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.

  • After the glittering is done and dry, spray with hairspray to prevent so much glitter shedding.

  • I’m going to do this to refresh a pair of my four year old’s shoes. Thanks for the tips!

  • thanks so much for this. i saw it agessss ago and just the other day found the perfect shoes to glitter up. i am going to try it this weekend!

  • This is so fun! I will have to use this idea one day. Learned something new too, didn’t know they made glue pads. Is that an easy craft store find?

  • AkuseruLast time we did personalized sniokctgs, we used felt letter cutouts. You can glue them on, but sewing is more permanent. We’ve also done things with plastic canvas candy canes and poinsettias, then sewn those to the sniokctgs.

  • Ha!!! This post made me crack up. We have NO glitter in my house. None. I told the dtcireor of my son’s preschool (and old family friend) that I would gladly make a large donation if they could promise me they would never send another project with glitter home again. She declined the offer. I’m glad you were brave. I’ve been better with getting messy, but I still struggle. Good for you!!!

  • that’s really cute…and arunod here, i swear the girlies eat the tp, so we’ll be making them soon!i might modify for the doggy bday party for b in a few weeks to make dog bones. i need to think about how i would do it tho. hmmmmmm

  • I like the butterfly, you have inseirpd me to getting sticking with my children. I was interested to read your old posts on bi-polar. My husband(we are divorcing-not my choice) has a cocaine & alcohol problem but has exhibited typical bi-polar behaviour for years. He won’t do anything about it. I have made a mental note of teens behaviour too as I do worry about my children who seem to suffer with OCD at the moment.Take care. :0)

  • Is that Stacy DuPree?! She’ amazing and the shoes really suit her.

  • OMG just tried this out on an otherwise boring pair of short heels and BAM they’re so adorable! I’m covered in glitter but oh-so-happy with the result 🙂 oh and I used a light coat of glossy sealant and it worked wonderfully! Thanks for this great idea!

  • When I made glitter shoes what I did was mix the glitter and then some mod podge together so instead of having to dumb the glitter on the shoe you just painted it on. I’ve never done it this way, but the mixing seemed to help keep the glitter under control ahah 🙂

  • Very cool! Does it stay on pretty well? I bet you have glitter everywhere! 🙂 Love your DIY and we’d love to see what else you have in the Trends on taaz.com.

  • I love this website! I stumble on it alllll the time and everytime I do I get sucked in! Fab website/blog! =D

  • I did that many many years ago with the same style shoe only I used red glitter….those shoes were awesome!

    wish I still had them 🙁

  • I am making these REALLY soon!!!!!

    Sarah @ www.allthingsblogs.blogspot.com

  • At first the shoes is so plain and doesn’t have any plus factor, but after you put glitters on it, it turns into something glamorous. I really love this tutorial!

  • http://www.guccibagsjapan.com/ 札幌管区気象台によると、当時、現場付近は雪で、陸上でも風速7.6メートルの強風だった。沢田さんらを救助した登別市の「いぶり中央漁協」所属の漁船「第18幸峰丸」(4.9トン)の飯島弘孝船長は「海が急に荒れ、当時約4メートルの波が立っていた。5人の姿を確認したが、4人を引き上げるのが精いっぱいだった」と話している。

  • I would definitely add a spray sealant! I can’t stand it when that stuff gets all over!! I use to work as a preschool teacher and that was alwayyyys a nightmare to get up off the floor. Fun stuff, but messy.

  • Very good post. Made me realize I was totally wrong about this issue.

  • I’m so inspired by these shoes….thanks so much for the tutorial on them xo caoimhe

  • LOVE THESE! So much fun! I featured them on my first Five Things Friday!

    http://acreativecookie.blogspot.com/2012/02/five-things-friday-1-glitter.html

  • I did mine with glitter spray paint from hobby lobby then sealed then with a waterproof clear coat. Took 20 mins max.

  • Hey Elsie,those shoes are adorable!!!I should have worn them at my wedding…

    Yamayka.
    http://my-gift-wrapping-ideas.blogspot.com

  • I would be *so* proud to be the owner of those shoes. I’m itching to try this right now 🙂 xx

    annieshomemadeheaven.blogspot.com

  • These are amazing! Just wondered how much glitter you used for the pair of shoes?

  • I love your shoes! The bootie heels are fabulous.
    Take a look at how I redesigned a pair of mens shoes with gold glitter here:
    http://simplyallis.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/all-that-glitters-is-gold/

    I would love to know what you think!

  • I am a burlesque dancer (and mom, and architect), and we do this all the time. They do get scuffed up, so sealing them helps a lot, but still not fool proof. I love the color glitter you used here, it’s beautiful!

    I have yet to do this, but this year I’m going to rhinestone a pair of shoes. I’ll try to remember to let you know when I’m done! 🙂

    http://bloggingcornerblog.blogspot.com

  • Here are some pictures of my “DIY-glitter-shoes”

    http://agnus8.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-glitter-shoes.html

    I love them! Glitter shoes are my new obsession! 😛

  • This is the absolute coolest – can’t wait to share with friends! Keep the great posts coming.

  • Where did you get the shoes that you glittered yourself? I’m in love with them!

  • this is going on my possible projects list. I had wanted to make glitter shoes and this how-to looks great!

  • LOL! My daughter and I will have a blast doing this. Her mom may kill us, but it’ll be worth it. 🙂

  • This DIY made my day … I had been lusting after those shoes as well, now I can make my own!

  • I so want a brain like yours! Your ideas are always super awesome. These shoes are amazing!

  • So excited about these! Having a shoe glittering party next week with some friends 🙂

  • Where does one buy that sort of glitter? 🙂 And if there is some on ebay, what name does it usually have?

  • These are fantastic! I will definitely be trying my hand at making a pair this weekend!

    http://inspirationinmycloset.blogspot.com/

  • Amazing and smack on trend! Who needs Miu Miu pumps when we have Elsie’s glitter tutorial? All the pizzaz for half the price!

    xxx
    -S

  • Thats such a cute idea..could make some extraordinary red wizard of oz ballet pumps! x
    http://pretty-superficial.blogspot.com/

  • Adorable! Where did you get the oxfords for glittering? I love the button closure. 🙂

  • These are so beautiful! I love your DIYs, hopefully I’ll be able to try something like this soon!

  • I love those! I love all of your creative posts! I should try that on white oxfords.
    Thanks sooo much for wonderful advise.
    <3 Jules

  • If you cover the shoe (after you glitter it) with glue, it might help reduce sparkle-shedding.

    –Jaclyn T

    TrickArt: Nature Chic
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/trickart
    http://positiveponderings.blogspot.com

  • Cuteness! I would love to try this! and I’m not a huge DIY girl so thats really saying something. Bravo!

  • this is the most perfect diy ever! i have a pair of shoes i can’t wait to do this to 🙂

  • Love! They look great! I definitely want to do this to a pair of my shoes now…

  • I’ve been thinking I want to glitter just the heels of one of my pairs of shoes. This just may be the push I need to get it done ~ thanks!

  • if you spray them with a layer of varnish, the glitter won’t come off at all.

  • this is such a creative way of doing a makeover for old shoes!! 🙂

    i love it!

    xoxo
    ida

    http://asplashofida.blogspot.com

  • If you do this you must leave a trail of glitter, lol. Boyfriend just follow the trail.

  • ohhhh that’s such an awesome idea! especially after you get sick of an old pair or something. thanks for sharing!

    xo angie
    www.sundaybelle.com

  • Love this so much! I saw another great glitter shoe tutorial on chic-steals.com— loving the glitter shoes!

  • OH. MY. GOSH. My daughter stopped dead in her tracks the other day when she saw these shoes on my computer screen. Her birthday is Monday…thinking project glitter shoes is on! Thanks for giving us such amazing DIY projects!
    Catherine Denton

  • what if u did a layer of modge podge or a gloss glue over the top? maybe that would help??? idk!!!

  • Hello! I did something similar and used a spray on lacquer like what you spray on paintings to finish and protect them. Cheap and easily available at a craft store! Then you don’t have to touch them up so much =) love your beautiful blog!

  • Hello! I just made a similar tutorial but with suede pumps instead, here: http://henriemarie.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-make-your-own-glitter-shoes.html

    I’m thinking of making another pair that looks just like yours! Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow! I never knew that those shoes were only DIY! I absolutely love it, Elsie! Hope to see more of your DIY stuff! =)

  • This is amazing! I’m totally going to try these out for the next wedding I go to.. Thanks for sharing! Hx
    www.helenlimbrick.com

  • omg this is soooo cuteee… i have to try this… =) thank u for sharing this with us dear…xxx

  • Stunning, I cant wait to do that to a pair of shoes. still searching for a pair that would look amazing glittered up ♥♥

  • I’ve glittered shoes and sprayed a finish coat on top, and was very disappointed because it dried very flat and took all the shine from the glitter away! If someone has figured a way to put a finish coat on top, without the same results I’ve had…please share which product you used.

  • I love the glitter heels! Where can I get a pair of heels like this? I absolutely adore them 🙂

  • Wow! Those look so fantastic. I never would have thought that you made them yourself. Great tutorial. Thanks for this.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

  • Oh my goodness! I want to do this to all my shoes now!! (I’ll sleep on that one, though). You guys always come up with the most awesomely crazy things, and I love it!

  • I like the way you show your inspirations!

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

  • my boyfriend is going to hate that i have a way to avoid getting rid of shoes now! I’m excited to do this, i have three pairs set aside already, now to get the glitter!

  • I love this DIY! I’ll try this on one of my shoes. A few years ago, I was so lazy that I simply spray painted my shoes with metallic paint. I think this method will be prettier, though.

  • How cute!! What a great DIY…totally trying that soon!!

    http://mereandthemr.blogspot.com/

  • This is awesome!! My friend actually made me a pair of gold-ish glitter wedges for Christmas.. It’s been a little too chilly/rainy to wear them, but I can’t wait until I can!

  • Love those booties! I did this with mod podge for a pair of pumps back in the summer. I sealed it with acrylic spray and they are still holding strong after several days of all day wear 🙂

    http://mismikadodownthesidewalk.blogspot.com/2011/08/fauxboutin-pigalle-pumps.html

  • love this! i was thinking of doing this to a pair of my oxfords but with teal glitter, i like the mixed colors here too though!

  • Fun! This is something I will be trying!

    http://www.thingsandsuchdesigns.blogspot.com

  • these are great!! such a good idea!! 🙂

    http://itsawant.wordpress.com/

  • I really really love these. I just can’t decide which shoes I want to do this to.

  • Ah, how cute are those shoes! What a fun DIY!

    Mary
    http://theloveliestlittlethings.wordpress.com/

  • LOVE these! Sooo cute. Thank you for all your inspiration Elsie, it is your blog that is motivating me to start my own blog and business! (I am working my way through your e-courses).
    Keep up the amazing work!
    X Bec

    http://cloudsofcolour.wordpress.com/

  • Another creative and adorable tutorial! I’m totally going to try this with an old pair of Keds that I’ve got lying around. Do you have any tips on how to keep the glitter from falling off?

    http://sincerelysammie.com/

  • OMG, I want them for so long ago! In every shop I’ve been they’re absolutely expensive and now that I can make some oldies into these babies, I’m into it! (as with the song lyric wall art <3) thanks so much elsie, I love your ideas and the fact you share them with us! xoxo

  • Thanks for the DIY tips! The shoes you glitzed up look so lovely and just like the inspiration! I am def going to have to have a glitter party soon!

    xo

    Jackie

    http://www.hourglass-fashion.blogspot.com

  • Maybe if you sprayed them with some lacquer afterwards it would help prevent the glitter dropping off 🙂

    PS Come enter my giveaway!

  • So freakin’ adorable.

    A blog for the jewelry-obsessed.
    http://www.houseofavandan.blogspot.com

  • Wow, that’s much easier than I would have imagined. Thanks for the tutorial. Love Stacy King and all the Eisley crew btw.

    whosthisani.blogspot.com

  • These are awesome! Glad for some of the comments about sealing them. I was wondering how long the glitter would last. I’m thinking this could be fun for my wedding shoes!

  • I’ve seen a tutorial where the maker sprayed the shoes with hairspray afterward to keep the glitter from falling off. I think the oxfords you glittered look really sturdy and were probably great for glittering!

  • Bravo!
    Love your DIYs 🙂

    http://lifeaccordingtojesarmstrong.blogspot.com/

  • What a clever idea!! I’m sure I’ll be trying this somewhere down the line. What girl doesn’t swoon for glitter? not THIS girl! www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  • How lovely! Gosh, they’re really statement shoes! 🙂

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://loveandlookpretty.blogspot.com

  • I quite like the idea of the glitter sticking around for awhile. It’s like finding sand in your pockets after a beach trip — a lovely surprise and a walk down memory lane. 🙂

    tK 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! My day was just made! I’ve been wanting a pair of glittery shoes for the longest time! This looks like the perfect project! Thanks for sharing! <3

  • We all need a little glitter in our life 🙂 x

    Www.stylefootprints.blogspot.com

  • I love them!!! I wish I would have thought of this for new years!! oh well, maybe next year! =)

    http://julies-thisandthat.blogspot.com/

  • Glitter! Love them sooooo much:) I used to wear glitter on my chest and face in highschool. Time to bring it back!

    Love,
    Stephanie May*

    http://www.maydae.com

  • I was planning on doing this anyways, but now I actually know how! Thanks! 🙂

    beccakatherine.blogspot.com

  • WOW!! I should find the whackest pair of shoes I have and make them sparkle too!

  • Hi! LOVE THESE. Will have to try soon. You said you’re on Instagram… what’s you Insta-name? I’d love to follow.


    picture-potion (Esther)

  • I normally mix glitter with glue and do a few coats. This way the glitter doesn’t fall off all the time; the stuff is sealed in there.

  • I love this! I’ve been looking for a pair of glitter heels but may just do it myself now, thank you for the tip 🙂

  • A beautiful pair of glitter shoes 😉 I looove them! I did my own pair in red glitter for New Year’s Eve party and they turned out great too 😉

    xoxo

  • This is a wonderful solution for an older pair of shoes I have. They’re a nice shape and I have considered a DIY project such as this so I can extend their life. I don’t think I’d have to worry too much about glitter getting all over our apartment; my hubby is Asian, so we take off our shoes at the front door, haha.

  • Oooooh the boots are gorgeous!! Very good idea, thank you for sharing this xx

  • This is such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing your process. I’m thinking about making some hot pink glitter shoes now! 🙂

  • These are beautiful! I made a quick pair for a costume once and a heavy duty glue for the glitter paired with a coat or two of glossy Mod Podge on top seemed to do the trick for repeated wears.

    xo,
    Michelle
    neonrattail.blogspot.com

  • these are so amazing! i could wear them every.single.day. eeppp!!

    xx Ashleigh

    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

  • It seems a little tedious, but compleltey worth it to get glittery shoes on a pair that I already own and love!

    www.peppermintsandpixiedust.blogspot.com

  • I made some glitter shoes where I mixed a lot of glitter in with mod podge then coated the shoes in them. It worked really well and I didn’t have glitter falling off so there was no need to seal them. Just another way to try diy glitter shoes 🙂

  • a layer of glossy mod-podge on top has increased the glitter life of shoes i’ve glittere’d in the past

  • Rebecca,
    I think that heavy glue might work a little better than modpodge Maybe try that? Fabric glue or tacky glue. It’s heavy duty!
    XO. elsie

    • Id like to try this on leather. Does the tacky glue or fabric glue work just as good on leather.? Thanks in advance.

  • Just did this using Mod Podge on some pleather flats from Payless. I’ve worn them for 5 minutes and it seems where the flats bend, the glitter is starting to peel off in sheets. So upset. Any advice? Should I have used fabric flats instead?

  • Ooooh I LOVE these! I have been lusting after some glitter shoes for some time, now I can make my own. Thanks Elsie 🙂
    Sarah xx

  • I love glitter shoes! I think I buy a pair of glitter shoes every season. I should make my own now 😉

  • Karissa, Yes! I’ve heard that people use a sealer spray. Would probably be good!
    We made these pairs for photos and events, not so much for daily wear. So if you want to wear them a lot, I’d recommend it. XO! Elsie

  • I love those! I have never really considered anything glittery to be my style and I really don’t know if I can even pull them off buuuut this DIY kind of makes me want to rethink that and give it a try! Plus, I’m betting my toddler would love getting in on a glittery mess!!

  • LOVE these!

    Do you think it’d be worthwhile to put some kind of finish on the top to help the glitter stay put? Something like spray clear coat or a layer of clear-drying glue… (Or would that mess up the flexibility of the shoe?) Just a thought.

  • Could you maybe also do an article about braceltes? My friend and I, who are penpals, would love to get matching bracelets, but we want it to mean something, and also be simple, one that could be worn everyday. 🙂 I would LOVE it, if you had any ideas, you are so creative…

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