This weekend, one of my best friends is getting married. My other best friend (who is also a maid of honor) is taller and wanted to wear flats, but couldn’t find silver or nude. As a last ditch effort to get shoes for the wedding, we planned on making them. Well, she found shoes and got my hopes up, so I made my own silver shoes!
They were really easy to make and only took about an hour (not including drying time). So, if you’re looking for cute glittery shoes that cost too much in stores, just buy a pair of good flats and make them sparkle on your own.
All together I spent less than $20 on my glitter flats.
Things You Will Need
My sealant isn’t pictured in the image above, but it was a gloss spray that I found at Michael’s in the spray paint section. You can also buy waterproofing sealants that will hold the glitter in place. Just make sure you get some kind of spray or paint that you can layer over the glitter. Otherwise, you’re going to see it all over your house, clothes, boyfriend, etc for months. No joke.
Lay down newspaper before you start doing anything. Glitter is beautiful but it makes a huuuuuge mess.
Brush some Mod Podge onto the shoe. Make sure you work in small sections. You don’t want to cover the entire shoe with glue and it start drying before you can get the glitter on it.
If you’re worried about getting glitter in places on the shoe that you don’t want it on (like the inside or on the sole), you can use masking tape to cover those areas. Just make sure you remove the tape before the glue dries or it will take the glitter with it when you remove it.
Sprinkle some glitter over the glue and shake off the excess. I shook it off onto the newspaper so that I could reuse the same glitter over and over again until I ran out. It makes the bottle last longer.
Let that dry for 5-10 minutes.
Put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glittery layer. The right side of the image above shows where I started adding this layer (so you know what to expect). It looks scary and takes a while to dry, but I promise it will look pretty when you’re finished.
Let it dry for a few hours. Go clean your house, go to the gym, go grocery shopping, or something.
When your flats dry, they’ll look something like this. The extra layer of Mod Podge really helps to seal the glitter and keep all of it from falling off, but it’s not a good permanent sealer when it comes to a project like this. We’ve used a lot of glitter. It needs a real sealant. Try a gloss spray, a clear sealant spray, or a waterproof sealant (similar to what gardeners use for their outdoor decorated plant pots). You can find these at craft and hardware stores. Walmart might have them, but don’t quote me on that.
Let me know what you think!! Do you like them? Would you have tried making them in a different color? Are you going to try it?