October 6, 2011

DIY glitter heels

As I mentioned last week, I'm totally obsessed with pimped out statement heels. I'm also totally obsessed with glitter. So naturally I decided to combine the two and sparkle-lize the above lame boot heels.

And BAM:

More glitter!

How to sparkle-lize heels
Inspired by A Pair and a Spare

What you need:

  • GLITTER! I love the Martha Stewart brand.
  • Glitter glue -- (or apparently Elmer's glue works just as well but since I didn't use that I can't vouch for it.)
  • An old bowl or tupperware
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sandpaper
  1. Lay out paper towels on your work station. And prepare for a glitter explosion.
  2. Sand down your heels so that the glitter sticks better. (Confession: I totally half-assed this step and it still worked.)
  3. Squirt some glue in the bowl and add a bunch of glitter. Mix the two and start painting your heels with the glitter-glue mixture. 
  4. Once the heels are all covered, sprinkle glitter over the glue, taking care to cover all the spots. 
  5. Let dry an hour or so. 
  6. Take the shoes in your hand and simulate stomping on your work station so that the loose glitter goes everywhere. GLITTER.
  7. Fill in any non-sparkly holes by repeating steps 3 and 4. 
  8. Let dry 24 to 72 hours. 
  • Like my glittering-in-crime friend Jennifer wisely said, "Treat these shoes like you'd treat suede." So in other words, try not to get them wet. The glitter probably won't hold up too well.  
  • This DIY project may cause you to go a tad sparkle crazy and start to glitterize everything in your shoe closet. 
Extra glitter!


  1. Great idea! Getting them wet would probably be a big mess. They look terrific!

  2. Hahah! I LOVE THESE. Obviously. The black boots are my favorite, but they all came out so good! My friend Jess just informed me that glitter is considered "the herpes of crafts" because you can't get rid of it. I thought that was hilarious.

  3. Love these! This going to be my craft for craft night, I'm doing with with some booties i never wear

  4. Um I love the boots. So much. I may have to do this...

  5. I'm super late to this post---but I've been dying to try this DIY! Love the purple heels with the silver glitter---they look FAB!