How to make your shoes sparkle

Written by gail cohen
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How to make your shoes sparkle
(pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

You don't really need a reason for wanting sparkly shoes. But perhaps you’re heading for a costume party or you’re appearing in a stage play and your feet crave attention. Maybe you wish to add glamour to your wardrobe or conventional shoes are just not your style. Attain any of these goals—or all of them—by making your shoes sparkle. You’ll be glad you went for the bling.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Shoes
  • Clip-on earrings
  • Newspapers
  • Masking tape
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter
  • Polyurethane spray
  • Fabric paints
  • Fabric punch craft tool
  • Faux gems
  • Gem fastener
  • Sequins
  • Felt squares
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Velcro

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Embellish boots, pumps or other closed-toe shoes with repurposed costume jewellery. Add clip-on earrings embellished with faux sapphires, rubies, diamonds or emeralds attached to evening shoes for a haute couture look.

  2. 2

    Stuff shoes with newspaper and cover the soles with masking tape. Spread some newspaper on the floor. Spray or paint craft glue on one shoe at a time. Hold a shoe over newspaper and pour colourful glitter over the exposed surface. Allow the shoes to dry thoroughly before spraying your sparkling shoes with one or two coats of polyurethane sealer.

  3. 3

    Paint cloth shoes with glittery fabric paint. Alternately, add designs to your shoes using plain fabric paint and, while the shoes are still damp, pour glitter over the shoes and shake loose the excess glitter to reveal your design.

  4. 4

    Use a fabric punch-crafting tool to affix faux gems to your cloth shoes in random patterns so the light picks up the glittery touches (some craft stores sell the tool and gems as a kit). Combine glue and glitter to embellish designs. Sew rows of sequins in place for another unique finish.

  5. 5

    Cut oversized flowers from felt squares. Glue sequins and gems to the flower. Create some green leaves and cover them with glitter. Hot-glue the mini-bouquet together and fasten one each to the top of your shoes with tabs of Velcro.

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