It’s no secret that getting dressed up for your wedding is half the fun. And while your big day is traditionally the definition of a formal gathering, it’s totally OK to take it easy. After all, the more comfortable you feel, the more you can enjoy the festivities. That’s why a pair of flats can save the day. Compared to heels, they’re easier to walk in—especially when you’re wearing the dress of your dreams. To top it off, flats will increase your chances of feeling good all day and night, letting you enjoy the dance floor and mingle with your guests. With this DIY, you can customize a pair of flats to match your style and wedding theme. These embellished geometric glitter flats also make a charming gift for your bridesmaids. As always, feel free to customize this idea to your heart’s content!
- Scrap paper
- Mod Podge
- Extra-fine glitter
- Vinyl electrical tape or masking tape
- Flat-backed gems
- Strong craft glue
Vinyl electrical tape can be found at the hardware store, while masking tape can be found at most retailers and craft stores. If you don’t have either type on hand, you can also use painter’s tape. For best results, avoid duct tape and transparent tape.
Step 1: Adhere two strips of tape to the point of each shoe. Place the tape at an angle to form a triangular shape. As always, you can customize this part to your liking. For a larger triangle, use longer strips of tape. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the tape until you achieve a shape and size of your liking. Smooth down the tape to remove air bubbles and creases. This will help create a clean and crisp glitter shape.
Step 2: Using the brush, apply Mod Podge between the tape. Remember, a little goes along way. Try your best to create a smooth, even layer. Taking your time is key for this step. Make sure the tape is perfectly flat on the shoe’s surface. Otherwise, the Mod Podge may seep under the tape and your edge won’t be clean.
Step 3: Place the shoe on top of the scrap paper, which will protect your work space. Slowly add the glitter to the decoupaged section, paying attention to the natural curve of the shoe. Shake the excess glitter off onto the paper. You can pour the excess glitter back into the bottle (or a spare bowl) to save for the next shoe. Set aside to dry and work on the second shoe.
Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape. This will expose a glittery geometric shape at the end of the shoe. If you missed a few spots, don’t fret. Simply add a small amount of decoupage using the brush and add a helping of glitter. Afterward, shake off the excess.
Step 5: Adhere a gem to each shoe and leave it to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. You can place the gem at the tip of the triangle or directly on the glitter. Looking for another alternative? Try adding multiple embellishments around the glitter shape. Consider bringing in studs or pearls, depending on your style. Your shoes, your rules!