How to Make Glitter Pumps
Glitter makes just about everything better, from makeup to frames to handbags. If your favorite pair of shoes are looking a little scuffed or shabby, don't toss them out! If they are still comfortable to wear, you can spruce them up with some glitter to make them fashionable chic again!
Prepping the Shoes
Choose a pair of pumps to glitter.You can apply glitter to the entire shoe, or to just one part, such as the heel or the sole. Make sure that the pumps are smooth. Any textures or embellishments, such as bows or rhinestones, will make it difficult for the glitter to stick.
- If the pumps come with laces, bows, or any other decorations, remove these temporarily. You will put them back on in the end.
Clean the shoes.Wipe the shoes down to remove any surface dirt. This is very important. Any surface dirt or oils will prevent the litter from sticking.If you will be applying glitter to the underside of the sole, wipe it down with rubbing alcohol.
Stuff the shoes with newspaper.If you don't have any newspaper, you can also use crumpled up paper, tissue paper, or even a plastic bag. This will help keep the insides of the shoes clean and glitter free.
Mask off the areas you don't want glittered with painter's tape.For example, if you are glittering the entire shoe, cover the sole with masking tape. If you are glittering the sole, wrap tape around the bottom edge of the shoe, right where the material meets the sole. This will help keep your lines neat and crisp.
Glittering the Shoes
Cover a small portion of the shoe with a thick layer of Mod Podge.It is best to work a small area at a time. If you cover the entire shoe with Mod Podge, parts of it may dry before you add the glitter. You can apply the Mod Podge using a paintbrush or a foam brush.
- Be generous when applying the Mod Podge; don't skimp on it. You want it to appear white.
Shake on some glitter.You can use chunky glitter or ultra-fine glitter. The choice is up to you. If you need to, use your fingers to gently pat the glitter into place so that it lays flat.
- Work over a sheet of paper. When you are done, you can fold the paper in half, and funnel the glitter back into its jar.
Tap off the excess glitter.Chances are, the excess glitter already slid off of the shoe, but gently tap the shoe against your work surface just to be sure.This will give you a smoother finish. Don't worry if the shoe appears patchy—you can always apply more layers later on!
Continue painting the shoe and shaking on glitter.Once you have the entire portion covered with glitter, move onto the next patch. Apply more Mod Podge, then shake on more glitter. Keep doing this until the entire shoe is covered in glitter. When you are done, move onto the next shoe.
- If the shoe gets awkward to hold because of all the glitter, let the glitter dry for 1 hour, then continue working.
Allow the glitter to dry.Set the shoes down some place where they will not be bumped or disturbed. Make sure that no dust, lint, or pet hair gets on the shoes.
Apply a second coat of glitter, if necessary.As the Mod Podge dries, you may notice the glitter layer becoming more translucent. Part of the shoe may even show through, especially if it is a different color. If this happens, you will need to apply another layer. Simply repeat the process: apply some Mod Podge, then shake on some glitter.
Finishing the Shoes
Seal the glitter with an acrylic sealer.You can use the spray-on kind or the brush-on kind. You will need two coats. Let the first coat dry completely before applying the next one.
- If you can't find an acrylic sealer, you can use more Mod Podge instead.
- Make sure that you use a sealer with aglossyfinish. A matte finish will dull the glitter and give you a sandy finish instead.
Remove the tape and newspaper.If there is any glitter stuck where you don't want it, wipe it away with a damp sponge or towel. Use a piece of tape to pick off any stubborn bits of glitter or Mod Podge.
Extend the sealer, if necessary.If you applied the glitter to only a small portion of your shoe, such as a heart shape, it might be a good idea to extend the sealer just a smidge beyond the glitter. Use a thin paintbrush and some more brush-on acrylic sealer (or Mod Podge), and paint just outside the design. This will help lock the design in and keep it from peeling away.
Allow the shoes to dry completely before wearing them.In most cases, you will need to wait 24 hours.Check the label on your Mod Podge and sealer just to be sure. Just because somethingfeelsdry to the touch does not necessarily mean that it isfullydry and ready to use.
QuestionDoes it have to be high heels?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNot at all. You can decorate whatever shoes you'd like.Thanks!
QuestionHow many layers of glitter do I use? What if it doesn't come out right?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTwo layers should be enough, and if it doesn't come out, you will have to try again, add more layers.Thanks!
QuestionWhat materials do I need in order to do this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe materials are listed in the "Things You'll Need" section at the bottom of the page. Unfortunately, this website puts that section at the very end of its articles, which makes no sense.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I cover ties, buckles, etc?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAct as if the shoe came without these things. Paint everything listed in the steps above, just not the extras. Then once you have finished sealing the glitter, you paint the buckles, ties etc. If you decide to add extras (like a bow or something) make sure it matches.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use this method to glitter other things, like glasses?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSince there are two types of glasses, I will assume you mean eyeglasses. I think it would be fine to glitter the plastic or metal frames, but do not attempt to glitter near or on the lenses themselves as that could damage the glass.Thanks!
QuestionCan I try with any other color?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWell, it doesn't matter the colour of the shoes or glitter, just choose a colour that matches your outfits and tastes.Thanks!
QuestionCan I do this with shiny leather?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it is real leather, I would not Modge Podge over it. If it is faux, it might be fine.Thanks!
QuestionCan I just 'glitter' a section of the shoe?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou sure can! Follow the same steps, but just limit them to that part of the shoe.Thanks!
QuestionCan I do this without Mod Podge?Jiujitsugirl72Community AnswerIf you don't have Mod Podge, an alternative solution is to mix equal parts water and glue.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I keep the glitter from clinging to long dresses?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerShake the shoes when you're done to get rid of extra glitter. Some glitter may end up clinging to the hem of your dress regardless, but it shouldn't be much.Thanks!
- Check the material of the shoe, though. Leather and patent leather will usually work well, but suede and similar textures can be difficult for the glue and glitter to adhere to.
- If you will be applying glitter to the soles, consider applying it just to the arch. Tape off the bottom of the heel and toe areas (the parts that will be touching the ground).
- If you will be applying glitter to the sole, try to use the same color as the sole. This way, the glitter will blend in better.
- You can use this method to apply glitter to other types of shoes, including ballet flats!
- You can use more than one color of glitter, but you will need to apply them one at a time. Let each color dry first before applying the next.
- If you don't have Mod Podge, you can use another type of decoupage glue. You can also mix liquid white glue with water in a 1:1 ratio.
- Try to use shoes that are a similar color or shade as your glitter. This will help make things look for even.
- When making these shoes, declare a pet/child free zone. Errant pet hairs or little messy hands may derail your goal of shoe glitter perfection.
- You can always mix the glitter into the Mid Podge first. Keep in mind that you might still want to shake on more glitter if the coverage is not enough.
- Make sure shoes are completely dry before moving on to the next step. If you add more Modge Podge to wet shoes they could warp the glitter and make a mess.
- These shoes arenotwaterproof! Even if you seal these with an acrylic sealer, there is a chance that the glitter layer may bubble and warp if you step in a puddle.
Things You'll Need
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