DIY: How To Glitter Shoes

So finally my first Youtube video is up! If you missed my post from the other week here, then you may not know that I’m cautiously venturing into the world of Youtube. It may not last very long as I have realised through this video alone how totally time consuming and difficult it is! However I have loved making it, albeit not overly happy with the results. I only have a simple digital camera so I was having to film on that, and obviously it is not designed for filming on a big scale at all.  I am looking into getting a more substantial camera, so we shall see.

Anyway I decided to upload a glitter shoes DIY for my first tutorial. I saw these shoes in New Look just the other day but they were too shiny for me, so I thought I'd turn them into sparkling emerald gems and film the process for you. I adore making glitter shoes and it is so easy to do. Plus, glitter shoes are one of the main trends this A/W11 season and let’s face it, who doesn’t want some Miu Miu glitter booties? So gorgeous. In the video it goes through light to darkness because I was using the glitter for other crafting products in between, but trust me, it doesn’t take all day!

You will need:
  • Shoes of your choice- I would highly recommend a nice sturdy shoe because if you use a very squishy ballet flat etc the glitter is just going to crack. If you are using a shoe with laces, make sure you remove them, and be careful around the holes.
  • Mod Podge- You do not have to use mod podge, really any glue will do. I love Mod Podge so I always use it, but anything PVA ish will do just fine. If in doubt, look for something that specifically says glitter if possible.
  • A bowl- Any will do, but line it with foil or similar. Glitter + glue is messy stuff!
  • Glitter(s)- Well, of course! I have used a very fine emerald green but actually glitter shoes truly sparkle if you use quite chunky glitter, and don’t be scared to mix lots of glitter shades together, the more the merrier!
  • 2 Paintbrushes- The reason I say two is because you need one to apply the mix and the other for a top coat, but feel free to wash it between each coat like me. Trust me, it’s best to wash your paintbrushes asap anyway!
  • Masking Tape- You need this for bits of the shoes you don’t want glitter on.
  • Foil/Paper/Newspaper/Magazine etc. Basically to keep surfaces and the shoe nice and clean.
  • Sandpaper (optional)- You may not need this at all, it’s just my shoes were so shiny.
Top Tips:

♥  Keep the consistency of the glue and glitter runnier rather than too thick. It needs to glide on to the shoes nice and smoothly.
♥  Like I said the sturdier the shoes the better. If you are using lace ups, remove the laces, and don’t cover over the eye holes. Oh and you don’t need to go out and buy new shoes just for this. Give some old shoes some love!
♥  When painting go in the same direction if possible and use nice and EVEN thin layers. That’s the key with this, it honestly is like painting your nails with a glitter nail polish or something!
♥  Now your shoes and the weather. Well, they could probably stand to get a little wet, but if there is a down pour, or you step in the most almighty of puddles, you might damage your lovely twinkly creation. Therefore maybe treat them like suede or something and don’t wear them if you know it is going to rain. You can get waterproof sealing sprays if you want, but my asthma can’t hack those!
♥  The reason I line the bowl with foil is so that you can just pick it up and put it in the bin, which makes the whole glitter and glue combination much less messy to wash up!
♥  Why not make it really high-end looking by adding studs, a bow, only use glitter in one part etc.
But I think that’s it, I can’t think of anything else to add. I hope you like the tutorial and I’d love to know if you have any requests? I dabble with all the crafts, so I was thinking a candle tutorial next, or embroidery? Let me know in the comments. Now, get the glitz on!

This tutorial is very much inspired by this wonderful explanation here.



  1. i dont know how i've never thought of doing this being seeing as i'm a glitteraholic! definitely going to be doing this soon x

  2. @ Meg Lea- Yay, let me know how you get on! :).


  3. Omg Georgie this is gorgeous! Absolutely love them! :D

  4. really lovely post.. am thinking of going for a gold pair like that.. or maybe red! great tutorial. Following the blog too! xx

  5. Wowie! these look so amazing! xo

  6. @ Leanne- Aww thank you sweety!

    @ Lexie- Aww thank you, and do it, do it!

    @ Katie alicexo- They are, definitely give it a go :).

    @ daisychain- Aww thank you :).


  7. I love it! I have been thinking about doing this but haven't been able to find a pair of shoes that are just right *sighs* Did you get the Modge Podge stuff from Hobbycraft? xo

  8. @ ♥Forever the ugly duckling ♥- Hi lovely, yes I purchased it from Hobbycraft :).



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