Holiday DIY- Glitter heels



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For me, the holidays give legitimate reason to dress up in ridiculous amounts of sparkle and shine. During this time of the year, I tolerate the mega sequined floor-length gowns and the bedazzled sweaters. When it comes to wearing bling, however, I like to keep it simple and stick to accessories or small details that pop.

I've been lusting over these Miu Miu Glitter pumps for a while now, but who has $500 to drop on a pair of shoes that will only be worn a few times? (OK, I'll probably wear them everyday, but still-- $500 is definitely over my budget)

After rifling through my shoe closet and craft supplies, I came up with this inexpensive solution! RED GLITTER PEEP TOE HEELS! Read on frugal fashionistas, and learn how you can score a pair for as cheap as $5.00.


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RED GLITTER PEEP TOE HEELS




Estimated Time needed to complete project: 1 hour painting + 24 hours drying

Materials:



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You will need:
1. A Pair of shoes. These inexpensive heels from Target were hiding in the back of my closet.  
2. Tacky Glue. $2.00 in craft stores 
3. Glitter. I used medium-sized glitter because that was all I could find in my craft supply. If you're going to buy glitter for this project, I recommend using finer glitter because it applies easier and smoother. Approximate cost- $2.00-5.00
4. Brushes or Sponge Applicators. $0.50 in craft stores
5. A disposable bowl or receptacle. For mixing the glue and glitter. I found this tin lid in my basement.
6. LOTS of newspapers. To cover your work area and prevent glitter frustration.
7. Tissue or a clean rag
8. OPTIONAL: Spray adhesive that dries clear-- $5.00-7.00 in craft stores.

STEP 1:





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Clean your shoes with a clean rag or tissue. Make sure to remove any marks or stains. You want a clean, smooth surface for the glitter to stick. Next, stuff the insides of the shoes with crumpled newspaper. This will catch most of the glitter. 

STEP 2:


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Lay a couple layers of newspaper on your work area. In a container, mix some glue and glitter until it reaches this consistency. Work with small batches to prevent the glue from drying up and getting hard too quick.

STEP 3:





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Start painting the glue/glitter mixture onto the clean shoe. Apply a thin layer over the surface, making sure to get all the edges. Do small areas at a time

STEP 4:


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After painting a small surface with the glue/glitter mixture, sprinkle the glitter over that area, making sure to cover all the painted spots. The tacky glue dries clear, but still try to get as much glitter on the shoe as possible.

STEP 5: 

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Lather, rinse, repeat. The painting took about an hour to complete.

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HALFWAY DONE!!! (with one shoe)

STEP 6: 
Let the shoes dry overnight. Resist the urge to poke-test for dryness.


STEP 7: (optional)
After drying for 24 hours, spray your shoes with a spray adhesive that dries clear. This will prevent any glitter fall-outs.


et voila-- glitter shoes.


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84 comments:

  1. i have seen this a lot on youtube, and you did such a great job... so professional ;-)

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  2. You are so talented! Kayla and I both have been wanting glitter heels but don't want to fork over the cash for them. I will definitely be heading to the craft store this weekend! Yah for glitter :) Heather

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  3. Who's going to be wearing sparkly heels for the holidays?!?! THIS GIRL!

    What a cool idea! Thanks so much for another great post!

    luckeysgoods.blogspot.com

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  4. You did a great job! They look like Dorothy's ruby slippers and I LOVE that! Great for the holidays :)

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  5. First off - you look so amazing in these pics. Second - you are so freaking talented. Great job on those heels!!!!!

    Defining Tabitha

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  6. very beautiful ideas!!!
    Graet shoes now!!!
    Pass to me,i have a new post!!
    Hugs Valentina

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  7. They turned out FANTASTIC!! I've been wanting to do this for quite some time now, you make it look so easy... I will definitely try it!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  8. You're my hero...I seriously love these - LOVE!!!!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  9. OMG, shoes! They came out awesome and I need to do this asap and make sparkly purple shoes.

    (PS you look especially gorgeous in your full picture)

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  10. I love it!!! These came out soo good. I love how sparkly they are!

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  11. They are so so groovy totally love them! I was going to try and make a pair go glittery for the wedding but then I found some shoes it wouldn't work on but I love them all the same. I think i'll have to give it a go with another cheap pair of shoes though, it looks too tempting not to try!

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  12. Wow...you made those beauties from the simple black heels?! I am impressed!! They are stunning! This I will have to try one of these days:)

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  13. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

    you have dorothy's ruby red slippers!

    i can't believe you DIY'd those yourself they look very professional! these are gonna look spectacular during the holidays! so gorgeous!

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  14. awwwesomeness! great job hun! love how classy, catchy and sparkly it went! love.. so smart!

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  15. and oh.. i just love the red lippies too!

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  16. Ah! This shoes are rocking! You did a great job!

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  17. Only you would be clever enough to find a way to DIY the Miu Miu glitter pumps.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
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  18. This. Is. The. Best. Idea. Ever. I so want glitter shoes and these are cuter than a button! You are so creative ,dear.


    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  19. AWESOME LAURA AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! My friend and I were JUST last night fawning over glitter heels for this season. AJSKDHASD you make it look easy!

    anastasia

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  20. Wow, those heels are super fancy! I really want a pair too! *sneaking to the shoe closet to find a pair to sacrifice for the sake of art* have a great day ;) xoxo

    Oh, and did you see my first two Twitter updates about the HK calendar? ;)

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  21. Oh how awesome! I love DIY shoe alterations, I've seen some fantastic home-made ones lately, but these top them all! yay glitter!

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  22. OMG! These turned out adorably, Laura! They really did! =D

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  23. LOVE them Laura! They remind me of Dorothy's heels in wizard of oz :) Great DIY and for saving $500 on top of that. I don't think I can ever spend that much on a pair of shoes either. I am on the market for something sparkly and sequins this holiday season too, want to glam it up a bit. Have a great weekend my dear, hope your tooth won't be giving you any trouble and that your hubby is feeling better!

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  24. Wow. I keep seeing these DIY posts and I'm so impressed. I can't DIY anything.

    Your new sparkly shoes are incredible.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  25. OMG they look amazing! They look like ones you'd pay a lot for!! I totally want to give this a try. I love sparkly shoes! :) x

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  26. Gorgeous! I want a pair of ruby red slippers!

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  27. Those shoes are Amazing!! Love Love them!

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  28. HAHA Laura! You weren't playing girl! I am skerd of you!!! They look absolutely awesome!!! Take THAT designer shoes. Ok, Laura now you have to click your heels three times. HAHAHA Have an amazing weekend girl. Will get back with you on that email. :)
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  29. Wow, Laura, you look GORGEOUS! And your heels turned out beautifully :)
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  30. I can't believe you made these! They came out beautifully. I've been lusting after a pair of multi colored glitter heels for a while and this may very well be the answer to my problems! Thank you for such a detailed and thorough DIY post!

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  31. Wow...those came out soo good....very glamorous :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  32. these are just fabulous!!! i've been lusting over a pair at nine west that is confetti glitter colored. i've seen some done with modge podge or whatever, but tacky glue?? i can do tacky glue! off to find some shoes!

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  33. I adore this outfit, I love the dress, where is it from? Maybe I missed if you mentioned that, my cat is all over the desk and is barely letting me type haha.

    I love what you did with the shoes, they are so pretty, you did a great job with them. They are very ruby slipper-esque. I will have to try this sometime, if only I could find a pair of heels I can actually walk not hobble in.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  34. Love this! I have been wanting to make glitter heels or shoes for a while now! I just want to find the perfect pair to make! Maybe I'll find some shoes thrifting today! :) I love the red glitter!

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  35. What a brilliant idea, they look great!x

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  36. Those are cute, and I'm sure you'll use them a lot over the holidays.

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  37. Woman, you have missed your calling! How freakin' talented are you! You look absolutely beautiful with your fancy glitter shoes and shiny hair! Methinks you've never looked better, sister! I love, love the shoes! :)

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  38. I love them! Ruby slippers! There's no place like home!

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  39. Hey I think the shoes look really amazing! Exactly like those really expensive shoes I see in stores and all these for less than 20 bucks?! U are really good Laura!

    Fang Ting
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  40. LAURA! I love how minimal, yet COMPLETELY GORGEOUS this outfit is. You stunner, you! Dressing up for holidays is such great fun, but no one else in my family really does it which leaves me feeling rather left out. Bah humbug, right? ;)

    Great tutorial, btw!

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  41. Those are so cute! What a great idea, I think I have a few pairs of shoes I could glitter-fy :)

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  42. This DIY is brilliant! And the results are great, too. If I saw you at a party rocking those, I would never, ever have guessed they were DIY. Love!

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  43. This is a beautiful and easy DIY project. I think I could even handle this one. They look great, you did an amazing job.

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  44. Yeah I love those Miu Miu shoes but they're definitely just a little bit too pricey. I'm so tempted to try your DIY. If only I had some extra shoes to sacrifice. Hmm... I'll guess be keeping my eye out for sale shoes at Target!

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  45. so creative!! LOVE THIS DIY idea. i'll have to try it sometime..becuase shoes these days are getting wayy too expensive. even those lesser known brands are charging crazy prices. gotta start doing more DIY stuff :D

    -Joyce
    www.carouselstreet.com

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  46. Laura, you did a beautiful job on these ruby peeptoe shoes! The coat is extremely even, I've seen some DIY jobs that were dead giveaways that it was an at home job! Also, I am sorry to hear about your tooth. I had an implant last year, it's not that bad!

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  47. Laura, I am so impressed!!! Haha! I wanna try but I'm not so much into glitter shoes. I want those basic ones but if someone gives me, why not. XD

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  48. Oh my goodness, that is genius. I love it. I've been so interesting in bedazzling or adding some sparkle to some of my boring shoes so thank yoooou for this idea :) & let me not forget to mention that your shoes look amazing!!

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  49. This is such a cute idea, and they turned out really well! You look lovely :)

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  50. That's a cool diy! Gotta try it someday! You did a great job!

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  51. These shoes are absolutely AMAZING! I did a pair of glitter flats in gold but now I think I need red pumps.

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  52. you look so pretty!
    and i love the mixed glue glitter first step. that really helps.

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  53. What great idea! So awesome! You are amazing! And you look gorgeous as always!

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  54. beautiful !!! lipstick is great on you !!!
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  55. Super cute, Laura! I love your makeup and sultry outfit in this post, too :D What lipstick are you wearing?

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  56. Super cute! I am dying to try this. How well does the glitter stay on?

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  57. Great job here. i love it all.

    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  58. Wow!!! You look fantastic! I love the shorter black dress on you and the heels are the perfect amount of color/sparkle. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  59. These look great. Such a difference from the black heels.

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  60. ohh wooooww they are amazinngggg, your blog is really lovely by the ways, i will be visiting it again very soon :)

    http://haveapeekinsidemywardrobe.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  61. How fabulous is that??? I have a pair of shoes I want to turn into something different, and you have the answer, yeahhhhhhhh
    Thank you gorgeous.
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  62. What a creative way to bling out old shoes!!! <3 You did a great job and you're right! 500$ for shoes?!!!?! OMG (but if we're talking about a wallet that's a different story hahahaha)

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  63. Great job on the DIY, love these! I might just have to try this.....

    Pretty dress too :)

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  64. fabulous job! I love the red glitter! I tried to do a pair of gold glitter shoes, my problem is that the glitter starts falling off after a while, does it happen to yours?

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  65. Amazing DIY! Those shoes are absolutely fantastic!!!

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  66. Those look great, I'm impressed!

    Red and sparkly = perfect for the holidays :)

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  67. I have no idea how this would turn out... but with the number of crappy shoes I have and how much I want glitter, this may be worth it. Your new shoes look gorgeous.

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  68. Laura!

    This DIY is awesome those heels look awesome in the glitter!

    you really are the coolest :)

    xoxo,
    daisy

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  69. I have seen this before but yours is so much better! Love the red glitter! Kiah

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  70. OMG this is the coolest tutorial EVER!!!!! i love it, the results are amazing. im so excited to test this out. have not done anything crafty in so long. thanks so much for the tutorial hun! xx

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  71. Woow girl, what a creativity!
    Love your glitter shoes

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  72. O my goodness! You did a ridiculously awesome job with this DIY. I would never have thought you'd turned those into glitter pumps. They look amazing and very nice paired with your all black outfit.

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  73. I just did this with a few of my shoes - I also highly recommend covering the entire shoe is mod podge to help prevent glitter from falling off, leaving a trail of fairy dust. ;)

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  74. I LOVE your shoes!! you did a fabulous job :D Maybe I should attempt... thanks for inspiring Laura! You look perfectly glam for the winter holiday!

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  75. Ruby slippers! The ultimate in glittery shoes!!!
    I too covet those Miu Mius and before I left Scotland I had two pairs of glittery shoes -- one red (now in the hands/on the feet of Cath).
    Love your DIY, Laura! I've also heard modge podge works quite well too!

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  76. Beyond clever Missy! What made you think of mixing the glitter with the glue first? Love me some sparkle for the holidays! This is so perfect and budget friendly.

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  77. Oh my Gosh, you made this yourself? That's great!

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  78. I really like this idea. I have been wanting a pair of sparkly shiny shoes and might be able to makeover a pair that got ruined in water. Hmmmm.

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  79. Girl, you are absolutely BRILLIANT! These glitter heels look fantastic! Thank you for the inspiration. :) I came by your blog totally by accident and I am SO glad that I did! You have a new reader - and fan!
    ~Jen
    www.jenniferkennedy.com

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