DIY Glitter Shoes

November 2, 2011 4 Comments
This weekend we have a friends 30th birthday to attend. The dresscode is ‘Black, Bling and Ting’. The black I can do, no probs, and the bling – well, I had a little Pinned project I wanted to try. Glitter Pumps {actually, I really wanted to give these sequinned numbers or these diamond encrusted platforms a go, but I don’t have the patience for that amount of sticking and sewing and we all know I could never walk in a pair of those heels!}
I had a pair of H&M shoes I bought ages ago because the heel is little, but have never worn as they seem a little mum-sy in their height {go figure – low enough for me & my heel phobia to wear, but too mumsy in height to wear!} so they seemed perfect to glitter in case it all went wrong. 
This meant I just needed Glitter. The tutorial over at Pixie in Pumps says use super fine glitter, but the stuff in pots in Hobbycraft didn’t look that fine, so I bought their pre-mixed glitter glue – in silver and also in a black with reds and blues in it to give the colour of the shoes a little pop. 
The tutorial calls for sanding your shoes down. All I could find was some medium weight sandpaper, but I think it might have been a little rough as it made bits stick up – so maybe a fine sandpaper would work better. I did get some odd looks from my housemate whilst I was sanding my shoes down – he definitely does not get craft/DIY-ing!
The shoes half way though – after one coat. 

Once I had mixed the two glitters I set about painting my shoes. I think in hindsight the glitter mix could have done with being more glittery as there was a lot of shoe showing though after the first coat. But I left the shoes over night to dry and did another coat the next day and they have a much better coverage of glitter now. I was undecided whether to do another coat but I think it might get too thick and crack, plus they are just for a party so I think I might leave it.

This is the coverage after two coats and a little touching up around the edges. What do you think? I think I might like them and you can just about make out the reds and blues in the sparkles too. The colours work quite well with the silver lining H&M had so kindly provided too don’t they, it’s almost as if they knew how they’d end up!

I am not sure how well they’ll hold up to a night of partying but there doesn’t appear to be any glitter coming off them when I rubbed my hands on them. And I have loads of the glitter mix left so I might throw it over some old irregular choice pumps I have that are looking pretty worse for wear now!

what I used;

  • Old pair of shoes
  • Sandpaper – a fine one. 
  • Hobbycraft pre-mixed glitter glue. 120ml bottle would be plenty. {or use PVA glue and glitter.}
  • A small-ish paint brush
  • A little bowl for mixing in
  • Tin foil to cover everything in. 


  • Miss November 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The results are fab and I think I may just be able to have a go at this wihtout a massive mess along the way (my usual crafty demeanour). Love it!

  • Rachael November 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Wow they look good – I've seen this kicking around blogger and I always wanted to have glittery red shoes to get married in but i've never come across any – I'm totally going to try and make my own in this way too!

  • gretchen November 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Love the shoes. I may have to try this with some that I have.

  • Emma November 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Miss – I am not going to lie, there was a bit of a layer of glitter glue all over everything I touched for a few days. But Tin-foil was my saviour.

    Rachael – Do. I have seen some cute red glitter shoes on pinterest. Throw in some gold for a pop maybe?

    Gretchen – thank you for stopping in. defo try it! I love mine.


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