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DIY glitter shoes

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

Ballet flats: From boring to beautiful

OK, be honest. You likely own a closet brimming with shoes and most of them are probably similar to one another. Here's how to take a pair of plain shoes and customize them in a glittery way that will make them stand out in a sea of boring shoes.

DIY Glitter Flats

I recently saw a tutorial for taking a pair of plain shoes and completely covering them with glitter. Then, I came across an even better idea for a more subtle pair that was much more to my liking. I took the simpler idea and tweaked it just a little and I now have a pair of shoes that I love.

DIY Glitter flats -- supplies

Here's what you’ll need:

  • Shoes
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Clear Con-Tact paper
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Utility knife
  • Bowl
  • Acrylic spray sealer (optional)

Use your leftover Mod Podge to make these fun notepads >>

Here's what you’ll do:

Find a shape you like and print onto a sheet of paper to use as a template.

DIY Glitter flats -- shape

Lay clear Con-Tact paper over your template and tape to secure.

DIY Glitter flats -- contact paper

Using a sharp utility knife, cut out your shape and discard center piece.

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Lay your Con-Tact paper on your shoes, ensuring that all edges have a good seal with the shoe.

DIY Glitter flats -- mix glitter with mod podge

DIY Glitter flats -- Glitter and mod podge

Mix Mod Podge with glitter. I eyeballed this, but I used roughly a 1-to-1 ratio between the Mod Podge and glitter. Paint your glitter mixture over the exposed part of your shoe in a thin, even layer.

DIY Glitter flats paint shoes

DIY Glitter flats

Allow to dry and repeat as many times as necessary to achieve your desired look, letting each coat dry completely in between.

DIY Glitter flats

If you’d like, spray an acrylic sealer over your design to seal the glitter. I skipped this step because the glitter covered such a small area. You could alternately use a final coat of Mod Podge to seal the glue.

DIY Glitter flats

Carefully remove the Con-Tact paper and kick up your glittery heels!

Try distressing your own jeans to pair with your new shoes >>

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