Here’s a before and after of one of the more recent Pinterest projects I’ve tackled in the new year. I bought these ugly flats from Target a couple of years ago and I didn’t know what to do with them until very recently. Since they were in pretty good shape (aside from the cracking on the fake leather upper) I decided to try out this popular craft on Pinterest.
A couple of tips/things I learned from doing this project:
-Use fine glitter. I used tinsel glitter and the shape of the glitter made it much harder to cover the surface of the shoes. If you don’t want to use fine glitter (or just don’t have it), don’t use any weird-shaped glitter (like stars, flowers, etc) because you’ll just have a hard time painting with the Mod Podge/glitter mixture. There are a couple of methods to do this project, and one involves shaking glitter directly onto the glue-coated surface as opposed to painting the shoe with a mixture of Mod Podge and glitter. Ultimately I had to resort to the first method because the second method did not allow to me to cover the entire surface of the shoe. Obviously creating a glitter mixture and then painting the shoe is much easier and cleaner, however.
-Use a stiff shoe such as a boot or a high heel. The more flexible the shoe, the more likely the glitter coating will crack. After a couple of hours of wear, my flats have already started to crack when I bend them. Perhaps this is because I used a TON of Mod Podge and glitter and it ended up being too much or maybe that’s just what happens when you try to attach a glitter/glue mixture onto a pair of shoes like this. Several tutorials online describe how to”glitterize” the tips of shoes. I think this would be a more long-wearing and durable method. Here’s just one example: http://blog.boatpeopleboutique.com/projects/diy-sparkle-tip-shoes
-This was not an easy or quick DIY. It can be a messy and tedious project if you are not well prepared (make sure your surface area is clean with all the supplies you need). Even still, this project takes a lot of time because you have wait for the layers of glue to dry.
I always think it’s helpful when people talk about their experiences with a project and especially when something doesn’t go as planned. I realize it may be redundant of me to post pics of my shoes and document my experience—-so many people have already done so. Regardless, I do hope to contribute something to the already huge amount of information out there regarding this particular project. Finally, I insist on using an older pair of shoes if anyone decides to take this on in the future. It simply doesn’t make sense to use a new pair. Ultimately I’m fairly satisfied with the final result. I now have something I can wear whereas before, these shoes were just collecting dust in my closet.