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 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 …
- A pair of shoes that you want to glitter. We did a pair of bootie heels and a pair of heels
- Either fabric glue or tacky glue
- Small paint brush
- Painters tape or masking tape
- Sealer like Mod Podge
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.
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 once your glue has dried. It will be white, but it dries clear so you’ll still get the full glitter effect when dry.
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.
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.
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!!
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- painters or masking tape
- plastic bag
- paint brush
- fabric glue
- sealer (like Mod Podge)
- Bin or box lid
- Pair of shoes you want to 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, 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.
- 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.
After the glittering is done and dry, spray with hairspray to prevent so much glitter shedding.
Can you recommend a glue and glitter? Please
love glitter gals…..
want it so bad
I’m going to do this to refresh a pair of my four year old’s shoes. Thanks for the tips!
Where did you get the booties? They’re so cute!
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)
I love it, Love the glitter shoes so much.
Is that Stacy DuPree?! She’ amazing and the shoes really suit her.
these tips for helping me save a lot money on buying shoes.
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!!!!!
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