Thursday, March 28, 2013

DIY Glitter Flats

Once again, Pinterest and blogs got the best of me and I was inspired to do a fun DIY project!  

After my closet clean-out this week, I decided to try to glitterizing some old flats in an attempt to give some old shoes new life.  I searched "DIY glitter shoes" on Pinterest and found a bunch of pins linking to this project.  I also remembered that my friend Andi did a super cute glitter DIY to some shoes.  (You can see here post here.)

The perfect pair of shoes for this project was a pair of well-loved Target flats.  Due to lots of wear and the material of the shoes they were a little worn in spots and had pretty much been retired to the old shoe box in the sky (otherwise known as the top shelf of my closet).  

Worn, but still in decent shape!
Before shot!
I stopped into JoAnne Fabrics (the new one by my house is much more like a Michaels than a fabric store) and sought out some glitter.  Since the flats were black and this was my first attempt at this project I knew I wanted to go for something dark.  I also wanted to get a super fine glitter (following a few recommendations I found online).  

3 materials
I ended up getting this super pretty glitter in "onyx."  It's very dark, but with  blueish sliver glow about it.  It's a lovely alternative to just plain black!

Onyx glitter
The easiest "recipe" for this project was to combine glitter with Mod Podge and paint it on one layer at a time.  I mixed this on a plate and used a sponge brush that I found in my craft box.  I already had the Mod Podge, so the total cost was $2.99 for the jar of glitter.

Layer #1 on the first shoe!
As you can see, the Mod Podge has a milky finish before it dries.  I waited about 20 minutes between applications and did a total of 3 layers of glitter.  I had to remix my Mod Podge glitter each time and I actually ended up making my mixture a lot heavier on the glitter after the first coat.  

Finished and ready to dry!
I left them to dry (and went to a friend's house to enjoy conversation and wine) and came home to find my lovely dried glittery goodness flats!  

All dry and sparkly!
Please excuse my super white feet!
I used a little leftover mixture on a spare black headband!
I'm thinking about glitterizing some sandals next!  

Have you done any DIY projects lately?


  1. Oh my gosh!!! So adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to show this post to my daughters.
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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! There are so many fun possibilities!

  2. They look awesome! You made wiser choices than I did, for sure. I really love the shoes I made, but I've actually never worn them. I kind of want to try again with flats, in a more neutral color, and get the fine glitter this time. My regular-sized glitter doesn't stick in the glue as well.

    1. I consulted your post and a few others on Pinterest to try to figure out what would work best. The Mod Podge / glitter mixture worked really well with pretty much zero glitter fallout.


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