If there's one thing to know about me, it should be that I absolutely love glitter. Even though it's one of the messiest craft supplies out there, I just can't resist it. I bought a pair of glittery shoes a couple of years ago, and absolutely loved them. However, the glitter would shed and leave a glittery trail everywhere I went... I think it's pretty cool, but others will disagree.
To make matters worse, my foot has been swollen ever since I shattered my leg almost two years ago and the shoe sadly doesn't fit well on that foot anymore. I've been dying to wear them again, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some new glitter shoes, and ones that won't leave literal sparkles wherever I go...
Making your own glitter shoes is easier than you'd think. Plus, you only need 3 simple supplies:
Shoes: They can be new (I found mine for about $5 at Walmart), or worn shoes that need a little pick-me up. If using older shoes, be sure to clean them well and lightly sand if they are glossy.
Mod Podge: There hasn't been a clear consensus on which type of Mod Podge is best for this project. I've seen people use Glossy, Matte, and even Outdoor Mod Podge. I decided that since I was using a fabric shoe to go with the Fabric Mod Podge. Plus, I figured that if the Fabric Mod Podge is washable in a washing machine, that it should hold up well on the shoes. I'm sure they all work great, so it's up to you which type you choose. I don't think there's a wrong answer except for not using any at all...
Glitter (of course!!): Use your favorite brand (any kind will do). Choosing a fine or chunky glitter all depends on the look you're going for. I love the look of fine glitter, so I used Recollections brand gold glitter (found at Michaels).
In a disposable cup, mix together Mod Podge and glitter until it's a thin paste consistency. If it's too thick, add more Mod Podge. Too thin, add a little more glitter.
You can prep the shoes by taping the bottom soles with painters tape and putting paper or plastic bags inside the shoes to prevent them from getting covered with glitter. I didn't do either of those, and just tried to be careful. With a sponge brush, paint on a coat of the Mod Podge/glitter mixture. Once the entire shoe has been evenly covered, put it somewhere to dry for a few hours.
When it dries, be prepared to think "Ohhh no what have I done?!" because they look horrible. You can still see the shoe through the glitter, and it may look like the glitter is uneven (it probably is). Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that they will look fabulous when you're done.
Paint another coat of Mod Podge & glitter, and let it dry. The one on the left is with a second coat, and the right shoe is almost dry. You can already see what a difference a second coat makes!!
If your second coat completely covered the shoe, you can be done. I added a third coat for good measure. If you have some areas that need a little more, just dab some of the Mod Podge/glitter on! Once the shoes are dry, you won't be able to tell that you added on spots.
For best results, let the shoes dry for at least 72 hours before wearing. They should be water resistant once dry (though I wouldn't jump in a puddle), but you can add a clear coat of sealant over top if you're worried about it. Since the glitter was combined with the Mod Podge, your new sparkly shoes will stay that way and won't shed any glitter at all!
I'm excited to make more shoes in more colors and glitter styles soon!! What color shoes would you make??