Remember when I posted about my experience in buying ruby slippers to wear for the wedding to pay homage to my childhood obsession with The Wizard of Oz? In case you need a refresher, here’s the short version: I bought some ruby slippers made from red sequins from a seller on Etsy, and they weren’t what I was expecting in terms of quality, particularly for the price. So, I sent them back.
OK! So, after sending the original shoes back, I started brainstorming on ways I could make them myself. My first inclination was to just glitter a pair of shoes with a mixture of fine red glitter and Mod Podge, but after thinking it over, I decided I wanted something with a stronger effect. After all, The Wizard of Oz and my obsession over wanting to be Dorothy as a kid is a HUGE part of who I am today (I collect Oz memorabilia, have all the books, etc.), so I wanted these shoes to be show stoppers. I traveled over to the DIY section of Weddingbee for inspiration, and there I found multiple ladies who had strassed their shoes using different sizes of rhinestones and industrial adhesive called E-6000:
DIY Peacock Bling Shoes from Weddingbee user miss_n_hope
You guys, I saw these and I knew I had to do the same thing for my slippers. I just had to. So after perusing the dozens of shoe strassing DIY tutorials on Weddingbee, I bought the supplies I needed to get started:
- A bottle of E-6000 industrial strength adhesive (they had this at Walmart for about $4)
- 6,000 red rhinestones in sizes 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm from a seller on eBay (all total they cost me around $25)
- A pair of red leather Aerosoles heels (on sale for $39.99 from Aerosoles.com!)
To pick up the rhinestones and glue them on the shoes, I fashioned my own jewel pick-up tool using the handle of a small paintbrush and a wad of Sticky Tack resusable adhesive:
I started with a pair of red leather heels I found on sale from Aerosoles with a two-and-a-half-inch heel. Aerosoles are notoriously comfortable, so I’m hoping I can wear them for most of the reception:
I started by lining all the edges with the 3mm stones to give the shoes an overall polished look when they’re done:
As far as placing the rhinestones go, there really was no rhyme or reason to it. I would put a few of the 5mm ones on kind of scattered-like, and then just fill in the gaps with the smaller-sized stones. One tip I will add to make your shoes look better: use less glue than you think you need to, and let the glue dry for a few seconds before you try to stick it on the shoe. The glue gets nice and tacky after a few seconds and will stick much easier if you wait just a bit! 🙂 Using less glue also keeps it from gushing out from underneath the rhinestone too much.
I finished the heel, first:
And then I moved on to the rest of the shoe. All finished:
Overall, I’m super happy with the way these shoes are turning out. The only major bummer is how long they’re taking to finish! I really underestimated the amount of time these were going to take, and if you’re thinking about taking on a similar project, make sure you allot yourself PLENTY of time to finish. You should also probably develop some patience, since the gratification is slow developing. 🙂 But in the end, the effect is fantastic and I really can’t wait to wear these on my wedding day! Not only are they leaps and bounds better than the version I purchased, but they’re also less expensive AND made with leather heels. And I think the best part of all is that I get to claim I made them!
Anyone else strassing a pair of heels to wear on their wedding day? Did I make the right choice in going the rhinestone route?
- Houston, Texas
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- March 2013
- First Presbyterian Church/Bay City Civic Center