Friday, May 25, 2012

All That Glitters is... Shoes?

Pinterest, oh you. You make me think I can (and should!) do anything, even when I have no objective need ever for glittered shoes. I love how many brilliantly creative people are out there, though, and sometimes you just have to go for it.

So I started with these old shoes that seemed too long in the toes (I like a little toe cleavage in a shoe), and never got much use. All you need is Mod Podge, glitter, and a foam brush.

It seems easy enough, right?

I decided to make it a bit more complicated by taping off the cloth trim and a line up the back, as well as the sole. Just to keep the glitter where glitter ought to be.

Looking better already after pulling off those silly bows.
Full disclosure - I actually got my 9-year-old to do this part.

Apparently, while you can send little boys running in terror just by saying the names of girl colors ("Look! I got you a purple ball to play with!" AHHHHHHHHHH!), if you get out glitter, they will come. They wanted to know what I was doing, why I was doing it, and if they could help. 

So I let them help. It's not slave labor; it's good parenting! Hint: you will need a lot more glitter if you let kids help. Another hint: the kids will be more covered in glitter than the project. 

I mixed up a big glop of Mod Podge with enough glitter to make a pretty chunky paste. Then I dabbed it on with a foam brush to make a light coat. 

Box of rum is optional.

I just kept putting on another coat as soon as the last one started to turn clear, for a total of about 5 coats. Then I removed the tape and let them dry for a couple of days. Jack was all too happy to model them at this point.

I warned you about the magnetism of glitter.

But I wasn't finished yet. I decided to paint the trim that Grey taped over with teal and add a ribbon because again, that weird long toe issue.

Because seriously, these shoes don't already have enough going on...

Annnnnnd, they're done. 

I just didn't like that light blue ribbon, though. It was just too... Cinderella blue. So I picked up a darker teal that was closer to the color of the paint and swapped out the bows. Sent a picture to my brother and he said, "I didn't know WTF came in powdered form now."



  1. I think I'm most impressed with the bows!! I can never tie bows that pretty! :-) Love the outcome!!

    1. I don't know, I might re-do them. I just hot glued it together, but I think I could have done a better job with needle and thread. I might consider it if I ever actually wear them... Also OMG YOUR ICON!!!

    2. haha... yeah... it's a bit dated... :-P circa '03 or '04 maybe