Sunday, 20 December 2015

Festive tutorial: make your own glitter shoes

Part of Christmas for me is crafting. I get in the kitchen and bake, but I also like to make festive things to wear. Last year, I spent ages making hair pieces from Christmas flowers and decorations. this year, I wanted shoes.

I picked up a cheap pair of gold shoes from Kmart, assembled my craft supplies and turned plain gold shoes into these:

But it's super easy to do and even though it's less than a week until Christmas, you can definitely get a pair done for yourself! Here's how I did it:

You will need:

  • Shoes, preferably with a metallic finish close to the same colour glitter you want to use (just in case you miss a spot)
  • Modge Podge glue. I used the fabric Modge Podge because the formula is more flexible than regular Modge Podge, and you definitely need flexibility with shoes
  • Regular Modge Podge glue (this is for the pompoms. But you can use the fabric one too)
  • Paint brush
  • Your choice of glitter. The finer glitter seems to work better for me, but you can choose whichever you like!
  • Newspaper or cardboard , two pieces (I used a Lush bag and a sheet of cardboard)

Lay out your newspaper or cardboard. Coat an area of your shoes with glue, then sprinkle the glitter over. Repeat until each area is covered, then switch out your newspaper (keep the first piece nearby, you'll need the glitter!). Leave to dry for a few hours or overnight. 

Paint another thin layer of glue over the top, paying special attention to any spots you may have missed the first time and sprinkle more glitter. Leave to dry again for a few hours or overnight. 

If you haven't filled in all the gaps, repeat step one again. But if you're happy with the coverage, paint one more thin layer of glue over the shoes and leave to dry overnight. This is a really important step because it coats your glitter and means that it will be less likely to flake off. It also makes your shoes feel smoother to the touch and seals the glitter in. 

The last step is to put some regular Modge Podge on the front of the shoes and add your pompoms. For mine, because they were a moccasin-style, there was a little lip which meant I could basically flood the toe of the shoe and place the pompoms on the glue. You don't need to push down, just sit them on and let the glue dry overnight before wearing. When the glue is dry, just check that they are sitting down firmly enough, and if not, add some more glue. Modge Podge dries completely clear, so if it's white at all, it's not dry! 

Ta-da! Glitter pompom shoes. 

Be sure to send me your pictures if you end up making them. 

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