Last weekend, with a very uncertain Mr. O standing watching (Those are brand new! Are you sure you don’t want to test it on an old pair first? What happens if it doesn’t work? Or they get ruined?!), I set about making my pretty pink wedding wedges sparkle. This is definitely one of the easiest DIYs I’ve ever found, so if you’re on the fence I definitely suggest giving it a try. Honestly, if you did it and hated it, you could probably find a way to peel it off or remove your work somehow.
You will need:
First: Cover you working surface with newspapers or a drop cloth so as not to accidentally glitter your dining room table or hardwood floors. (Sorry, Mr. Orchard—I didn’t follow this step…I know better now. Much, much better.)
Next: Clean your shoes and dry them to ensure a smooth process.
Then: Cover your selected area with Mod Podge using a foam brush. Dab the area with a fairly heavy coating. Wipe off any excess that may have gotten onto unwanted areas of the shoe.
Note: After the fact, I discovered that you can mix the Mod Podge and glitter together in a bowl and dab on together in one step…and possibly even not need a sealant. It’s definitely worth looking into—I plan on testing it out soon so I will definitely follow up!
Gently shake glitter onto the shoe, rotating it slowly. Pour WAY more than you need and shake it off onto the sheet of paper so that you can funnel the extra back into the bottle. Try to avoid getting it in the shoe or on other areas.
Sorry so blurry! Action shots! / Personal photo
Shake it! Tap it! / Personal photo
Use your paintbrush to knock off any excess glitter on unwanted areas of the shoe. Make sure to get creases and the soles of the shoes.
Dust it! / Personal photo
Let your shoes dry. Marvel at how beautiful they are from afar. Do not shake or tap or move your shoes if possible!
Once fully dry, softly tap your shoes on the heel of your hand over a piece of paper to remove any excess glitter.
Then, using a sheet of paper to block the areas you do not want covered, spray the sealant on the heel of the shoe to lock glitter into place. Spray in a well-ventilated room and from at least two feet back to ensure that your glitter doesn’t lose its shine. In a pinch, you can also brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it in.
It’s so shiny! / Personal photo
Now, hive, I need some help! I’ve been thinking maybe I would like to add something to the front of my shoes. I have been searching on Etsy and have found several adorable sets of shoe slips—so many, I fact, that I can’t decide which to use! And, of course, I’m considering trying to do this myself—has anyone ever made shoe clips??
Gold bow / Image via Chuletin designs
How adorable for the girls?! / Image via PollyMcGreary
These were my first pick for the girls, but the pink did not work with each of their dresses… / Image via AdriaHope
Cute…I could get something like these at Forever 21 and convert them to shoe clips pretty easily…I think… / Image via BouquetbyRosaLoren
What do you think? Which (if any) would you pick to dress up your kicks? Do I even need to bother with shoe clips for me? Chances are (shhhh) that I will get four matching sets for my beautiful bridesmaids too…