Monday, March 12, 2012

DIY! Make Your Own Glitter Flats



In this post last week, I put together an outfit including a darling pair of glitter-toed flats by Jimmy Choo. I fell in love with them instantly – they were so whimsical, so feminine, so sweet! The problem? They cost $115. I don’t know about you, but for me that is just too many dollars for one pair of shoes! I began looking around for cheaper versions of the shoe but couldn’t find one I was satisfied with. Thus, I decided I was going to make my own! There is a store in downtown Frankfurt called FourStar where you can get shoes for CHEAP. I picked up a pair of baby pink ballerina flats there for 5 euros (About $6.50) and walked a few minutes from the shoe store to the craft store, where I found some glittery paint. As you can see, they turned out pretty well! I’m about to show you how you can make your own.


What you’ll need:
1. Flats in your desired color
2. Painters tape
3. Glittery Paint
4. Paint Brush

Tape off the section of shoe you’d like to paint. Be sure to make sure the tape is down good and tight – you don’t want any paint to bleed through!

Begin painting. Sweep your first glittery coat over the shoes and let dry completely. I went for a dark silver paint. Make sure the paint you choose will work well with the material your shoe is made of – because the flats I bought were made from a suede like material, I made sure to buy fabric paint.

Repeat that step two or three more times, being sure to let each coat dry in between painting. When you are satisfied with the look of things, let dry for several hours.

Carefully peel back painters tape and bask in your own awesomeness!

SO. EASY. Right? It took me a few hours but most of that time was spent just waiting for paint to dry. There really isn’t a lot of effort needed to make these beauties.

Let’s go over the expenses. I paid 5 euros for the shoes and 4 euros for the paint. I already had the painters tape and the paint brush on hand. Overall that ran me up 9 Euros, or about $11. However, considering I only used about 1/4 of the paint I bought, I can confidently say these shoes cost me well under $10. Take that, Jimmy Choo!




What do you think??


eef said...

these are so cute! and easy! love them!

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

I've been wanting to make my own DIY glitter shows or awhile now. I might have to make these. I absolutely love them! So adorable!

Amelia said...

Oh wow I love them! So cute and so simple to do!

The pumps look almost identical, where did you get them from?


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Janell said...

I like your version way better! The flats you bought have a more rounded toe than the Jimmy Choo's and I feel like that makes them more feminine and sweet. Love the dark charcoal color you chose!

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jessica said...

Wow, these are so cute! You are so creative!!

Jessie said...

those are so cute! I have a pair of plain purple flats and have been wanting to do something to them...i'll probably be doing this!

jessie said...

putting this on my long list of DIY projects .. hope I get to it! lol

Elizabeth said...

Love it! Amazing how you can take a few inexpensive materials and make something that looks identical to designer!

Karm said...

wow. amazing.
I think I like your version better than the $100+ version.
Love the dark glitter too

Sophie @TheForgeStyle said...

lovely. what a great idea!

Kylie said...

Those are super cute! I love inexpensive shoes :) I almost always find my flats on clearance. The last three pairs I've bought were less than $5 a pair. How fun would it be to add a little extra sparkle?

ashley // chasing heartbeats said...

these are darling!

Payje said...

Cutie patootie! Love these!

Nicole Waxman said...

How neat! Classy!

stringsandbuttons said...

These are gor.geous~! And so easy to make! will never ever splurge on a pair of shoes again! x

alex butts said...


Too crafty you are!

Naomi said...

This is so clever and cute!! I can't wait to make these!

Bree said...

So cute!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Love those!

Dana said...

These are adorable! It looks like I have a project for next weekend.

Polly Bland said...

totally adorable!! <3

love, polly :D

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Nicole said...

isn't it amazing how we can make our own adorable things and literally save hundreds?! kinda of a crazy world we live in, no?!

happy wednesday to you friend!

Emma Frances said...

Oh my goodness I love these! As of right now I am on the lookout for the perfect pair of flats to add some glitter to! So cute!! :]

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

How fun is this!!? Totally trying this. I have to say, I am lovin' your little bloggity blog :)

Blue Dog Belle said...

LOVE THIS! the possibilities are endless!


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