In case you haven't noticed in the past almost 3 years (!!) WANM has been in existence, I am not a crafty person. Nope, I leave the crafts to Chels and I stick to the kitchen (where disasters can easily be shoved down the garbage disposal!). It's not that I don't want to get into crafts; I've just never been good at them. I like following recipes. I don't like open-ended assignments where I have to choose colors and designs. I have no patience waiting for things to dry and I don't have a steady hand for decorating. My art teacher in 4th grade laughed at me because I, allegedly, don't hold scissors correctly. Crafts and I do not get along.
But still. Martha Stewart doesn't just cook now, does she? And you can't get better at something if you don't try. I just needed a little something to get me excited about crafts. Answer? GLITTER.
It started with these:
The Kate Spade Nell Glitter Flats. Swoon. But at $285, there was no way they were fitting into my budget. Then I spotted these:
The Gap Glitter Ballet Flats. But they weren't exactly what I wanted (too sequiny rather than glittery). And $50 is still a lot for me to spend on a pair of Gap ballet flats.
And then, the other day, I was watching the Today Show and they had a whole segment on DIY glittering. And they showed everyone how to glitter their own shoes. And from there, the idea was born that I would do it myself!
I was immediately super excited, but Chris was a bit skeptical when I told him. He worried that glitter would cover the entire apartment by the time I was through. Understandable. Another reason my craftiness suffers is that I'm kinda sorta messy about things (I think it goes back to the whole patience thing). But once I get ideas into my head, he knows there's no way to hold me back!
So, I did a little research and found quite a few bloggers who had the same idea for DIY glitter shoes. Everyone was shouting about the wonders of Mod Podge. So, I decided to discover it for myself. And now I'll never look back. Mod Podge really is that amazing. I also purchased a pretty large container of multi-color glitter, since I wasn't sure how much I'd need and some clear glaze to spray over the shoes when I was done. This Design Master Dresden Glaze looked best since it was "flexible". Of course, I also needed a little spongy brush and a pair of plain flats. I found these perfect ones for $12.99 at Target. Since I'm used to the recipe thing, I'll lay it all out for you, ingredients and everything!
DIY Glitter Flats:
• Mod Podge (about 2 ounces)
• Glitter (any color, about 2 ounces)
• Foam Brush
• Clear Glaze Spray ( a few sprays)
• Pair of plain flats (and color will do)
All together, I spent about $32 on supplies. So, it's not like I saved a ton of money making my own glittler flats, but besides the shoes, I have enough materials to make at least another 3 pairs. Plus, I'm sure I could find shoes on clearance somewhere for $4 or something; I just didn't want to keep looking (remember the whole patience thing?). The shoes could seriously be any hideous color you find for cheap because when you're done glittering, you won't be able to see the color.
Start by mixing the Mod Podge with the glitter. I suggest using A LOT of glitter.
Brush a thin coat of the glitter/glue on to the shoe. At first, you'll probably be like "Uhhhh. This looks weird." And it does. But don't worry because the Mod Podge will dry clear. My first round, I didn't use quite as much glitter as I did the next few coats.
Since crafts and I don't usually get along and it was Sunday morning, I figured I would sip a mimosa while I crafted. See? You can combine hobbies. Make it fun!
Continue glittering both shoes all over. If your shoe has a larger, different color sole, you'll probably want to put masking tape around it. Lucky for me, my shoe was all shoe. Sorry, I don't know the technical words regarding shoes.
You'll probably need to hold the shoe from the inside, so you don't get yourself covered in glitter. Not that I would have minded much. But I tried to remember Chris's fear of a glittered apartment and I was careful. That's love right there.
Once you have the initial coat on, you'll need to let it dry. With Mod Podge it took about 25 minutes. Then I brushed another coat on. Let it dry. Then another coat. I thought 3 was probably enough, but I went for 4 for good measure.
Once the last coat dried, I gave a healthy spray of the glaze spray and let that dry, too.
And behold: The Glitter!
I have to admit I'm pretty thrilled with my brand new glitter flats.
I wore them around today and they even seem pretty sturdy. The glitter is stuck on there like whoa (thank you Mod Podge!), but the shoes are still super flexible. I can bend them and the glitter is not going anywhere.
So, I'll probably end up wearing these everywhere when I want a dressy look, but don't feel like I'm in the mood for heels. They look snazzy with black tights.
But I'm also loving them for dressing up jeans a bit.
I just can't get over how easy it was to DIY these glitter flats. And how little of a mess I made- the glitter/Mod Podge mix doesn't spread everywhere. I have a feeling I'm going to have quite a few pairs of glitter flats in my closet very soon... In all different colors. Is anyone else up for a pair?! Perhaps a giveaway could be coming soon!
And since tis' the season to be sparkly (not that I won't be wearing these flats ALL year), I obviously had to wear some glitter polish to match my shoes.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not going to turn into some big-time crafter. My place will probably always be in the kitchen (wow, I'm like a 50s housewife), but now I'm feeling a bit more confident at stepping to the crafting table from time to time. And yes, I probably will need a crafting table if I want to continue using glitter in the apartment. And most of the crafts I do in the future probably will involve glitter.
Man, I LOVE the holidays.
Are you "crafty"? What is your favorite craft project?
Lacey Bean says
Cute!!! I just made an ornament wreath for the holidays, insanely easy. 🙂
To Kiss the Cook says
You're adorable. And brave. And Chris is brave.
OMG I love this! I even have a pair of old crappy black flats I could try it out on! I'm thinking bright red glitter shoes ala Dorothy!
Yeah I'm going to the craft store asap! Wow super cute and brilliant! 🙂
Julie Q says
SO cute. so. cute. i bought babyQ glitter flats that could be identical to yours but since its for a baby they were only like $5.00
I'm totally going to have to start getting crafty now though!
Those are fantastic! I might have to try this out too. I love fun shoes and I love crafts. My favorite craft is scrapbooking - but I really need a dedicated spot to spread out my materials and not have to put them away after each session.
i am not crafty at all but all of a sudden I want some glitter flats.
They came out awesome! I love it! and good call on the mimosa. i love excuses to drink.
These are awesome! Nice job!
They are so cute! I am like the least crafty person ever...so I am thoroughly impressed!
sweeter salt says
Those are adorable! I think I have some modge podge and spray adhesive laying around. Now I need some glitter and flats - stat!
These are awesome!!! I'm terrible at crafts - mostly just finishing them; but these seem super easy. Thanks for the tips!
Fun and Fearless in Beantown says
Susie, I'm totally like you when it comes to crafts so I'm seriously impressed by these shoes!
Wow, that is freakin' awesome. Mad props!
sarah k. @ the pajama chef says
how cute are those! now i wish (as i have so many times) that i could wear flats! maybe i'll have to glitter some other shoes sometime. love it!
Lauren at KeepItSweet says
i am so impressed, i would never have the patience! my sister has those Gap flats which i thought were adorable, but your version is just as cute!
Oh my goodness I HAVE to make a pair. I have noticed that you're not quite as crafty as Chels but this is quite a feat/feet (hahaha). Impressive!
Alycia [Fit n Fresh] says
Wow I am IMPRESSED! Those turned out better than I could have imagined!! I really need to do this with some heels because I have been eyeing these Steve Madden Glitterati pumps something fierceeee lol
Amanda L. says
Love it! And so easy. I will definitely have to look into grabbing some flats and trying this myself.
The apartment is glitter free and the shoes look quite fabulous. Great job Sues!
They are beautiful! I am so impressed. I am the opposite of crafty, and I am a bit of a mess maker due to my lack of patience too - to Mike's dismay. I want to try this!
these are so cute and look just like the steve madden ones! love it! way to be crafty lady 🙂
wow the shoes look so good
I've been looking for ballet flats just like that! Did you buy them recently at Target? They look amazing with glitter.
That is an awesome idea. I would usually shy away from something like that but...I am tempted to try it. I get into crafty moods all the time and I have been looking for a new project.
hey, really nicely done there! i think i'll do that with my baby girls old flats.
You are too cute Susie! These look great. Mod Podge got me through many an art project in high school. I think I'll be glittering some shoes one of these days! 🙂
Mod Podge Amy says
Those are gorgeous, and I fully support mimosas and crafting. 😀 LOL! Happy Holidays!
Thanks for a great idea, I will have to try this!
So fun for new year's!
Elina (Healthy and Sane) says
SO cute!!! I actually used to be good at arts in high school... considered majoring in art in college but then freaked out about relying on my creativity for a paycheck. Definitely glad I did that because I swear my creativity/craftiness/artfulness (is that a word?) diminished. Good job, Susie!!
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says
This is AMAZING! I cannot wait to try it!! You could do all different ones too - silver, gold, etc.
Cute! But did you leave a glitter trail everywhere you went?
Those are so cute! I've been wanting a pair of glittery flats and I would so love to try this but I know I'd end up with glitter all over myself and my apartment. Great job!
ADORABLE! I have those exact shoes from Target (which I got on sale for $10), and have been getting a little bored with them. This is an awesome idea. I already have Mod Podge in my craft room... thinking some glitter and spray are all I need for a brand new pair of shoes!
These are amazing. Congrats on not making a mess!
Tara Melissa says
How awesome! I wonder if one could glitter a pair of heels, too...
oh wow, those look amazing! and now i'm thinking about making my own 🙂
What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing! I just found your blog today and am looking forward to browsing around!
emily @ the happy home says
number one thing on my to-do list when i get back to LA! so cute!!
Love this idea! This is similar to how I used to glitter tap shoes and ballet slippers for dance recitals as a teenager. If you can't find cheap flats at Target or similar stores, and you plan on wearing these mostly indoors, try satin ballet slippers from a online dance supply company. They are maybe $12 and are super comfy.
This is awesome! One question, though. What kind of material are your flats made of? Vinyl or canvas or? I have a few pairs of flats, some Target vinyl ones and a couple canvas type from Old Navy. Will Mod Podge stick to any kind of material? Thanks for the info, I'm totally going to do this myself!
At which step did you add the glitter? The end? I see four coats of Mod Podge in your instructions but no glitter until the very end. They turned out great, so I'd really like to know how exactly you did this.
Love love love this idea! I will definitely be giving this a whirl soon!
I consider myself pretty crafty and anytime I can use glitter or bling, it has been a good day. 😀
Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen says
I try really hard to be a crafty person, but usually end up with a huge mess and a final product that looks nothing like I envisioned! You have definitely inspired me though, those are the coolest ballet flats I have ever seen!
Nice Job! Those look terrific!
I AM crafty, and don't think glitter flats are my style, but your excellent directions make me want to make some. 🙂
What is the name of the nail polish you are wearing?
Kelly Alesso says
This is awesome. I have to admit I have not done enough crafting lately and this looks like it would be something fun as I am pretty sure I have modge podge lying around. I may do something similar and then to make them ultra girlie, add a bow to sass them up even more.
Wow! I have a pair of Kate Spade glitter flats and for the same price, I could have made 8 pairs of these! And they look just as good!
This is my first time stopping at your blog and I will be back. It's great!
The Financialite says
Fabulous job on the shoes! Mod Podge is one of my favorite crafting items and now I'm going to have to try it on some flats 🙂 Thanks for the idea!!
Pumpkin Petunia says
I have the Gap flats and they are my current fave, but I may have to try this.
Liz- Hi! The flats I used were vinyl I believe... But I'm pretty sure the mod podge would work really well on basically any fabric. I love the stuff!
Kim K says
those are reeedonk. love em. want em.
OlfactoryMaven- I'm wearing 2 coats of Essie's Chinchilly with a coat of China Glaze's Fairy Dust over the top. I love for the fall/winter!
BrawlerBarbie- I don't know if you saw, but the first step was mixing the Mod Podge with the glitter. So when you spread it on the shoe, it's a glitter/Mod Podge mixture. This cuts down on the mess and gets the glitter sticking on the shoe really well. I kept adding more glitter to my mod podge and mixing it up before spreading it on the shoe. Good luck! 🙂
oh wow. i have an old pair like these from old navy, but i like the way these look much better. great work!
great job sues! i think your flats turned out super cute.
it's amazing that the glitter stays on so well, too.
Too cute...and so creative! I like to think I am crafty, but lately it is the lack of space that limits my creativity. However for this month's supper club I strung cranberries along ribbon around wine glass stems and the decanter for cranberry wreaths as an added festive touch! It was simple but added so much to the dinnerware! No favorite craft but I do like to dress up my dinner table for any occasion.
How cute, I'm so impressed 🙂
Just awesome! What a lovely idea to wear last day of the year party! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Culinary Cory says
Super cute!!!! I'm so impressed with you patience with all that glitter.
Nice! I think yours are much cuter than either of the pairs you could have bought 🙂
Very cute! And now you can go to a thrift store and find a pair of clip-on earrings to use as shoe clips, too, for some more over-the-top sparkle.
Just wish I could find cheap flats in my size... 🙁
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel says
purrrrfect! this is exactly what I was looking for. lovely website btw, I think I'm hooked.
Awww... I want some Glitter Flats 🙁 I'm definitely trying this! Now I'm jealous! Hahah. Merry Xmas ladies!! 😀
I tried it but when i walked around in my flats, then it started peeling off at that point in the shoe where it creases. I peeled it all off and tried it again but using a different method but finishing it with that clear glaze spray. Hope it works out this time... cuz i love them. I'm going to make a pair for my daughter once the technique is perfected.
I found this via Craftgawker and I just had to share another glue possibility with you. I've been glittering shoes for a while now (it's very addictive), and my glue of choice is Alene's Flexible Stretchable. It's made for bendy things, so it doesn't crack along the toe line of shoes. I also love glittering heels; I just use painter's tape to create perfectly clean lines between the upper and the heel.
these are awesome. I'd love to win a pair!!
I've been using modge podge religiously for craft products since about age 10 (no lie!) i love to make collages, usually modge podge collages on plain cvs photo albums and stuff.
Redo My Shoe says
People always overestimate the difficult of DIYing. Once you have the right tools, it's pretty easy and very fun. I DIY Christian Louboutin shoes with crystals if anyone was interested in checking it out.
Hi! I love your flats!! What kind of glitter did you use and wear did you get it from? I was actually going to start this project today but I couldn't find multi-color glitter at Michaels, they're sold out. You have the perfect blend of color glitter.
@Jaimie- Hi! I got the glitter at a little craft store, but the brand is called Darice and it's "multi."
Good luck! 🙂
My sister and I decided to make a pair and they turned out wonderful! Cant wait to wear them on New Years 🙂 Thanks for the great idea! I always complain that I cant find glitter shoes for women that dont cost an arm and a leg! Now I can make so many!!!
very cute 🙂 mod podge has all sorts of uses! I've used it to make decorations with canvas and tissue paper.
alicia Fidalgo says
I was laughing as I read this whole post. I am also not crafty because I'm so impatient and messy too.....
Your shoes came out adorable!
I made some this weekend and absolutely love them!!! Thank you for sharing the idea!
Here Be Dragson says
Well, that's pretty stinkin' cute. I might have to try it! 🙂 Thanks.
those are DARLING! I'd really love to make a pair. and they would be perfect for some mini baby flats too if you know any little girls who'd like to dress up! GOOD WORK!
hi! i really like your flats! i was wondering, is clear glaze necessary? because i can't find that exact same brand in my country and i don't know if some other brand would work well (honestly i do not know what to look for, what kind of clear glaze, what's it usually used for). i' m not particularly crafty but i would love to try and make a pair 🙂
@bobby- I don't think it's absolutely necessary! I just got it "just in case," but have NO experience with crafts so had no clue what I was doing... I got a random brand and it seems to work so far. But honestly, the Mod Podge seems to secure all the glitter on the shoe just fine! Good luck 🙂
thank you! 🙂
I am just wondering how they are holding up? It has been a couple weeks and I am interested in trying but want to make sure the glue doesn't crack or anything like that.
Loved reading this, and I think your shoes turned out great! I will definitely try this out.
Heather- Hi! I've worn the flats a bunch of times and they still look as good as the first day! No cracking or anything. Definitely use Mod Podge!
Pixie in Pumps says
Lovely! I just did a tutorial on this as well. I love that you made flats. That is definitely my next project!
Now I can have my very own ruby slippers!!!
I just have to say, I payed a little over 50 dollars to buy a pair of glitter flats by Steve Madden, and they look exactly like this! I should have known I could have done it myself, but when I saw those shoes I just knew I had to have them. Anyway, your shoes look fantastic!
Hey Susie.......I am sending this on to my best buddy, Barbara......she is soooooooo into glitter and wants to make them for her 2 grandaughters..and truth-be-known, herself!! She thanks you!!!!
just glittered my knock-off keds! they look wonderful! =] thanks!
😀 Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Not only can I return the Steve Madden glitter flats I purchased last week, but I can tell everyone that I glittered my shoes myself! I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this!!!!
This is by far my FAVORITE glitter shoe tutorial! Your pictures are great. Thanks for sharing. Since you make it look so good, I will be using glitter and mod podge in the near future!
Ok, I loved these in your pictures. Loved. I had a pair a couple years ago that I found at Target and I wore them so much that I wore through the soles of them. So naturally I went out and got the materials immediately, to try our a practice pair before I make pink ones to wear for my wedding in May!
I did it just like you said, but they completely fell apart on the first wear! Everything is completely peeling off! Help!
I LOVE these. I was going to do the same thing (only just do the toe), with the same shoes and now I know how. Thank you!
I have the exact same shoes from Target. Maybe I will upgrade them to your cute creativity! 🙂
I love this idea and I'm planning on making pairs of them as gifts for some close female friends. (Of course, I'm also going to make a pair for myself.) I'm just wondering how well this has held up since you've glittered the shoes. Also, do you think that shoe sealant would work? The cashier in the art supply store I got my Mod Podge from said that shoe sealant would be better than spray glaze, but I'm not so sure.
Karina roman says
Thanks so much for the post!! They came out soo cute 🙂 I came across your blog the other day and I just HAD to make myself a pair and they came out amazing 🙂 I'm even gonna make my friend a pair since her birthday is coming up and she's as big a glitter fanatic as I am.
This is super adorable; I love them with the tights! I really didn't think I would but I do, and now I want to do this too! But first I need to find cheap flats that fit me. Fifty bucks is about the lower end of what I end up paying for shoes.
I was wondering where you bought the clear glaze because I'm planning on decorating a pair of flats to match my heels for prom coming up next week. Also, love this tutorial!
OOO glitter platforms here I come! LOL
Could you use suede flats and do this?
@Angie- Hmmm I really don't know. Like I say in the post, I'm not generally crafty and took a chance with this project and ended up loving it. But I can't say for certain how it would work on other shoe fabrics. I want to say it would work because Mod Podge is amazing... But I can't guarantee the glitter won't end up cracking or something... Let me know if you try it! 🙂
@Angie-I do quite a bit of crafting, and I don't think the glitter would stay well on suede...
I am so making a pair of these. I've got to do something with my ballet flats from my wedding. I am never going to wear them again (white flats are not my thing). I think I am going to get cracking on it tomorrow! Thanks for the idea.
Ellie Perez says
What a great idea! My kids are ALWAYS scuffing their shoes! This might be a good fix for them! Does the mod podge end up cracking once it's totally dry, or is it flexible? I have little ones that WILL test your answer! 😉
Thank you for sharing such a great idea! I now have the pair of glitter flats and heels I have always wanted, without breaking the bank.
I used this idea on heels since i love all the glitter heels i see but don't want to pay that much and i LOVE them!!! they are taking quite a while to dry and i'm impatient but other than that it was really easy too. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
i JUST found your website and i'm in LOVE. this is genius. 🙂
I am making these tonight I got all of my materials... except I forgot the glaze spray. 🙁 do I absolutely need this? I do believe I have some polyurethane spray some where around the house... would this suffice?
@Amethyst I think any protector type spray would work! Just to prevent them from cracking and the glitter from flaking off 🙂
amber renee says
hello 🙂 i'm new here, was linked from another blog. so adorable! thanks for the cute tutorial!~ xoxo
I just tried making my own blueish/turquoise glitter flats using a mix of several Martha Stewart glitters (they sell a gorgeous 24-pack) and a pair of Crocs flats. They look amazing! I think the Martha Stewart glitters give it a smoother finish because the particles are smaller. And the plastic-y smoothness of the Crocs help too. The Crocs even had two ugly holes on the top that I've strung ribbon through to make it look like the Kate Spade ones! Thank you for the wonderful idea!
@akf- Yay!! I want to see!! Can you send photos?? 🙂
Never mind on my earlier comment using Crocs flats. The glue doesn't stay put. 🙁
OMG i want some. that is such a cool idea thanks.
i too have been drooling over the expensive name brand glittery flats. but using this idea i just made a pair of my own! the only thing i changed, was that i used a finer glitter (it was more like powder). they came out really well, and uber sparkly. thanks for the idea!
Gasp! I'd love to try this!
These are awesome! I'm going to be making a pair of turquois ones for my wedding! Thanks for the directions.
jacquelyn | lark + linen says
I absolutely love these!
I attempted to make these, but I couldn't get the glitter to stick to my shoes....do you have any suggestions?
@Lacey- Did you use the Mod Podge and make sure to let it fully dry? And then use a spray sealant at the end so the glitter stays put? The only other thing I can think of is that the material of your shoes was different from mine... though I've heard of people trying this with all different types of shoes...
LOVE these. So cute. My favorite crafts usually involve soap or jewelry. I especially love glass tile jewelry and making soaps that look like food.
I made these, but the only glitter they had that I wanted was white glitter. Sadly it was too clear 🙁 It didn't go on very well. I'm still going to keep trying to layer it on top, but I'm at like four layers and still not very glittery. Amazing idea though, perhaps i'll just need to buy some new glitter.
Thank you Soooo much for posting this! I'm getting married this fall and want to wear light silver sparkly flats under my dress. I'm SOOO making my own now!!!
So cute I was trying to look for a cute idea for my bridesmaids, and I think I'm going to make them in bronze! It would be fun for me and my MOH to make!
I too have absolutely NO patience for crafts because I can never just get them to work 🙁 but these look absolutely adorable!! My friend just got some marc jacobs that are almost identical and paid waaay too much--i think these are cuter!
does all the glitter crack off when you walk? im worried about that. i want some glitter birthday flats!
@Kristin- I haven't really had any problems with mine and I've worn them LOTS. There are some small cracks in the glitter, but it's not falling off and you can't even tell unless you look really closely... I put my glitter on really thickly, so to minimize cracks, I'd do lighter layers!
love love love it!!!!!
Wouldn't it be fun to use this on an old pair of comfy shoes you just can't part with but has seen better days.
For crafts like this, modge podge is indeed heaven sent. So far did any of the glitters fall off? That's my worry about this project. Although I really don't mind leaving a trail of glitter behind. 🙂
@Anna- No trails of glitter for me!! I've worn these shoes a ton and the only issue is that a few little cracks have formed. But you can only see them if you look up close, so they don't bother me at all 🙂
Just finished making them! I too was obsesses with the Kate Spade flats, so I also added two pink satin bows to mine. so cute- thanks fo sharing this!
amazing im desnaer
Just found this via Pinterest and am in L.O.V.E. I actually had a pair of gold glitter flats and wore them to death...literally. I AM making these and will link you on my blog. Since I have shoe clip blanks I'll even make the 'Kate Spade' bow! Can't wait!!
Stina - Life in Canary Island says
You are so creative,I love them!
Thank you for saving me some money!!!! I upcycled my daughters what-I-thought-were-ruined shoes with your idea! Thank you so much! I linked you too!
Would this method work on leatherette flats?
Ok so I have been trying to find some blue glitter shoes for my daughter for her Alice in Wonderland costume for halloween. I have come across this site and as we speak I am making some. i am so excited to see how they turn out. Thanks Awsome.
@Ally- Like I say, I'm definitely not a crafting expert... I'm thinking if the leather is very flexible, it should work. My shoes were a kind of fake leather and they've held up really well. A few cracks, but I've worn them a lot and you can't see the cracks unless you look up close!
Thanks so much for this tutorial. I had an old pair of flats that I loved but were looking dull. For the last few months they had been sitting in the closet. After reading this today I ran out to the nearest craft store got all the stuff needed and pull out my old flats. I now have a wonderful pair of glitter flats. Your the best!
[email protected] says
LOVE THIS! And I'm sooo anti-glitter, but am thinking about doing these with my tween daughter---she loves glitter!
I even featured this project on my Surprise Me Sunday post because I think it's awesome that you could surprise me into even thinking about doing a glitter project! Good job!!
I love the flats - but mostly I love your determination. This was quite an undertaking 🙂 Congrats on success.
So I'm sitting at my desk day dreaming about the pricey pair of sparkly heels I saw a couple weeks ago which would go perfectly with my dress for a fancy-pants holiday party next month. Then I remembered reading this post last year and now I'm SUPER EXCITED to go shopping for a thrifty pair of black heels and some glittering supplies. YES!!! Thank you. 🙂
I love this and am definitely going to make a pair or two for my very fashionable 8 year old daughter! She is going to lose her mind over this one 🙂
A few years ago I came across some (adult) ballet flats that were on sale for - get this - 74 cents a pair. They were pretty funky designs but I bought 3 pairs and never wore them. This project would be perfect for them - if only I hadn't just sold them all in a yard sale! Bummer!!!
Pati @ A Crafty Escape says
Goodness gracious I love these! As will my daughter, so making a pair right now. By the way, I love the mimosa part of the tutorial. A must, no?
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Hey! When I saw this, I knew I just HAD to try it! I'm in the middle of doing it right now.. And it's not turning out as fabulous as yours did! Advice for people looking to try this: don't buy too fine of glitter and WAIT until they are dry to put the next layer on! I hope mine still turn out and dry fully, but right now they look gray and ishy because I didn't let the layers dry all the way :/
@Kelsey Hi! I hope they turn out! I do remember mine looking kind of weird at first, but then because the glue dries clear, they were much prettier when all dry! But you're probably right about bigger glitter being better, though mine was actually quite fine... I just layered it on 🙂
What a brilliant idea, I love those!!! xoxo
These are adorable! I want a pair now, too!!!
Amanda @ the tinkers muse says
Hi! Wanted you to know i followed the tut and made these with some vintage gold glitter (found it at the thrift store) and it went perfectly! New shoes just in time for my christmas vacation! thanks much and Good job 🙂
Wow, I am really inspired. Ironically, I just bought a pair of glittered brogues about 3 hours ago, but I still want more! Heeheee. I might do this on one of my old flats. Thank you for the artsy craftsy glitter tutorial! 🙂
Hi! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I used it to make super awesome blue glitter shoes for my wedding. They came out amazing.
I just finished making these with a pair of well-loved flats I couldn't bear to part with. I'm probably way too old to wear these shoes, but I could not possibly care less. I did find a multipack of glitter with a little jar of black included. I used a good bit of that, so they're darker but still plenty sparkly. They are adorable! Thanks for sharing this great idea.
So adorable! I am an artist and people tell me all the time that they are not artists but I tell them that they just haven't found their art yet. It looks like you have 🙂 Keep up the kewl imagination! Thank you for sharing. Oh I think it could be really cool if you found some old worthless shoes that were heals and did the same thing, pick your glitter carefully though like a beautiful black diamond glitter on some black heals. Your imagination is your only limit.
I just tried this with a pair of Mossimo flats. They were originally red, and came out nice! Not as sparkly as yours, but I think it's because of the glitter being so fine. I can't wait to do it again--I'm thinking an yellowish-orangish pair.......Fun project!
Love Sparkle Pretty says
Love this! 🙂 I featured this in my blog: http://lovesparklepretty.blogspot.com/2012/01/bring-in-new-year-with-some-sparkle.html
Hello :] Do you think i could do this with heels? I really want sparkly heels, but they are over 40 dollars... Thoughts?
These are EXACTLY what I was looking for! I am on a glitter kick and have tons all over the place that I need to use! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!
@Syd- Definitely! I think it works better on some fabrics than others... my shoes were kind of vinyl-y and that worked out really well! Let me know how it goes 🙂
Okay, so I just did this with heels and I have a few general hints for the process in general. The heels turned out fantastic by the way.
It helps to get fine glitter instead of the thicker kind, it blends better with the Mod Podge, and brushes on easier.
Also get some masking tape and tape around the inside edges of the shoes so that it makes a thin band with no glitter on it. It looks smoother and the glitter doesn't hang over the sides.
Awesome idea! I loved this and now I have a fantastic pair of glitter heels to wear out.
Thanks for the tips! You are really great at doing an easy 'how to'! Can't wait- making a pairt this weekend! 🙂
How did you come up with this brilliant idea?
My glitter flats are drying as I type!! 🙂
General question, Say I'm wearing my flats and it suddenly rains is the clear glaze going to keep them from falling apart?
I'm thinking that Goodwill, a local thrift store, or a grandmother's closet would be good too. The older styles are "back" but not necessarily the colors. Glitter would fix that!
Jessalyn Eaton says
Well aren't you something! Those turned out really nice.
glitter shoes says
I love these tips for making a glitter flats. fun and very interesting.
Kristy K says
I made some!! I love them and everyone else does too. Thanks so much for the idea and how-to!!
I used your idea and made some silver heels for a wedding I am attending!! I love them so much, I will prolly have a pair in every color!
LOVE the tutorial and the results.. Thinking that I'm going to make a pair soon but I was just wondering, should I spray on a waterproofer in addition to to clear glaze spray
Love how they turned out! Im making my own right now! It is so incredibly easy!
Thank you so much for this! I needed cheap Dorothy Wizard of Oz shoes quick and this will do GREAT! Thanks!
those flats came out so cute i work with kids 6 years & up this would be a great summer recreation craft! nice how to job
Linda L. says
Just kind of stumbled across this through a friend's posting. I think I will try to revive an old pair of Wal-Mart specials. Got the shoes, got the glitter...got the Mod Podge. Now to get the gumption to try it!
Can this be done on a cork wedge heel?
@Kristina- Hmmm I'm not sure if the glitter would stick too well to the cork. But it's worth a try? I only tried with this one pair of shoes and it worked fabulously, but I can't speak for every material!
I have flats like these that I bought for $10! I'm pretty impressed that your DIY shoes look exactly the same as mine.
natalia - Argentina says
THANK YOU!!!!!! The ones I had were too old to wear and had to give them away... :'( and I've been looking for the same ones since then but no luck.. thanks to you I can make my own!!!! muaaaaaaack!
Yeah.. I just did this with my best friend last night. This morning everything is peeling off. Did you experience this at all? Help!
Linda Lou says
I am so excited! Have been looking for some red sparkle shoes and now I will make my own! Thank you!!!
Payless sold a pair of flats like this. They were in the childrens section since Im a size 5 in womens which is a size 2 or 3 in kids. They were $15 but i dont think they sell them anymore. They looked exactly the same.
WOW i saw this in a magazine along time ago its great people still do this!
I tried your method Friday nite to cover black fabric ballerina flats with red glitter and followed your method. Woked perfectly! Dance recital is tomorow night, theme Wizard of Oz. My granddaughter had red glitter shoes when she was 3 for dress up and they were big enough to use until she was 5,and has been without her red glitter shoes, until now. They look so good she can wear them anywhere! Thanks so much.
The Kate Spade Nell Glitter Flats sale at $285. that's a lot of money for me. However, I can save it by your tips.
you know, it's just a thought, but you could find the ugliest pair of flats at Goodwill for like two dollars and use those because it's not like you will actually see the color or anything. Great Idea! I will definitely be trying this one out!
WOW...these are so awesome! i love them! and am going too make them thank u so much for posting this!
These are great! I wonder if it can be done with heels too.
I really like this idea this would make great gifts.
This is such a wonderful idea! I have been working on them all night, but I am having some issues with the Mod Podge and glitter (which is really fine). When I spread the mixture onto the shoe, I end up getting little glittery clumps. Some stay on the shoe, but many just fall off. I can see that underneath all the clumping that the smooth glittery part is really cute, but the clumps are all over my shoe. Did this happen to you? Any tips to help it not clump?
VinPro Elegance says
Great idea, easy and fun doing DIY !Thanks for the tips!
Great idea. Thank you so much. I did this for my girlfriend and scored some serious brownie points because she loved them!!
Thanks for the inspiration! I decided to try it myself on a scuffed up pair of platforms. Pretty successful, if I say so myself.
Wow! I found a $10 pair of cloth flats at Wal-Mart..followed your instructions and now I have a fantastic pair of glitter flats! I love funky shoes and to make them myself was even better!! Thanks for the site.
Just be sure to use a shoe made from porous fabric! If you use a slick shoe, it's much easier for the glitter to crack and peel off. (Learned this the hard way a few Halloweens ago when some DIY ruby slippers fell apart after I wore them for a few minutes.) I like the multicolor look!
my 6 yr old daughter will LOVE this idea. She is a pretty princess and loves anything that sparkles, lol. this will we an awesome project for us to do together. She is a bit of a shoe horse like her Mimi so i'm sure she will want them in several colors. CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing.
This is great! I'm going to make my daughter tinkerbell shoes for Halloween. But, do you HAVE TO use the glaze spray afterwards? That's the one thing I didn't buy.
@Cathy- Sounds awesome! I think a lot depends on what the shoes are made of and since I've only made these with one type, I don't know how the glitter reacts on all fabrics. But if she's just wearing them for Halloween, I think they'd at least last for that! You can always buy it and coat them after.
I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!! I really want to try it!
a few other things you can try the glittering on...
vases~baskets~small boxes~headbands~cuffs~rings~holiday wreaths~edges of furniture?~drawer pulls~blank piggy banks~small wooden jewelry boxes (the kind from AC Moore)
Love it and can't wait to show my girls. I have one girl that just loves all that is glitter. I actually have four girls so this will definitely come in handy. So the mimosa??? what no recipe for that?...LOL
The Stepford Wife says
I never considered myself crafty. But then I got kids. And the rest is history.
I have flats which are still in a good condition but their color is by now a bit shabby. I intend to spray them with glitter, , than add some glue, and hopefully it will turn out well. I'll let you know when I do it.
i'm going to the craft store in the morning ,thanks for the great idea,
I had tried my own version before finding a link to this through pinterest. Mine are pretty cool looking, but the glitter flakes off as I walk, haha. The thing is, I used elmers glue and then coated the glitter on top, I think your tip for mixing is key! I am going to go over mine with your suggested mixing idea 🙂 Thanks!!
I used red glitter to make my Wizard of Oz "Dorothy" shoes. They turned out beautifully.
Is the glitter the super fine kind (almost consistency of powder, finer than sugar), or is it the kind with bigger flecks (looking more like tiny squares)?
@Bethany- I would say the glitter is in between sugar and tiny squares. It's really small, but not quite powder!
This was fun excited about the finished project. Thanks for the step by step
Okay this is so cool! I've been looking for sparkly flats everywhere for my upcoming dance but I mad a set of these for half the cost! Thanks! P.S. I added a chevron bow and it looks fab!
They look wonderful. I'd call you a crafty person for sure!
I want to try this craft. But what if glittered shoes get wet in sudden rain and messed..
Is there any way to cure them after getting wet? Plz. Reply.
Hi Arushi- I try not to wear these in the elements, but a little rain doesn't seem to harm them any more than it does regular ballet flats. The glaze really helps!
Have been looking for shoes to go with my wedding dress and choking on the price of what people are charging for glittery personalized shoes. HA! Making my own now and doing exactly what I want! Thanks! Also not paying $100.00!!!!!
I bought a pair of glitter shoes from Coach years ago for $100. I gave them to my niece for Christmas and she shares them with her sister. They have worn the poor shoes down past the heel and I can't seem to find replacements anywhere. You are the answer to my shopping prayers! Mod Podge rules! Thank You Sues.
WOW! I spent $100 years ago on a pair of Coach glitter flats for my niece. She shares them with her sister and has worn them down past the heel. I can't find another pair like them anywhere. You are the answer to my shopping prayers. Thank you! I can't wait to make these. Mod Podge rules!
I think I figured out my wedding shoes! I'm going to make these this weekend!!!!
Really like your flats
review cart says
The Mod Podge is pretty flexible, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t have any loose edges that might peel off. You could always add a light coat of Mod Podge over the glitter once they are dry to help to seal it and check them regularly for cracking or peeling.
Beautiful ideas I can’t wait to try, Thank you for share! i like this
Jessica Cinney says
I just made these using red glitter for my daughter's Dorothy costume but my glitter to modge podge was waaaaaaaayyyyyy off and I added way too much glitter but they are DONE! Thank you for the instructions.