DIY Glitter Shoes


My five year old daughter is obsessed with sparkly shoes, just like her mama. After a recent trip to Old Navy she was completely disheartened; the pink sparkly tennis shoes she fell in love with didn’t come in her size. Lucky for her, she has a crafty mom who jumps at any opportunity to use glitter. We put on our fancy fascinators (aka thinking caps) and came up with a cheap and cheerful way to recreate the look at home.

Read through the jump for step by step instructions…

DIY Glitter Shoes:

All you need to complete this DIY project is a pair of shoes that need a facelift, some fine glitter, a paint brush, and Modge Podge. If the shoes you are re-doing are patterned, you may want to start with a coat of paint also.


Step One:

Clean the shoes and cut off any trimmings or decorations to create a flat surface to work with. I removed the red ribbon from these shoes and also the elastic piece. Tape off any areas that you don’t want covered in sparkles. At this point you should stuff the inside of the shoe with some paper to prevent getting glitter on the insole. I thought of this a little ways into the project, after I made that mistake.


Step Two: (Optional)

Paint the shoe with acrylic or fabric paint. I realized after starting to apply glitter that this step really isn’t necessary if you are using a very fine glitter. However, if you go with a thick glitter and your shoe has pattern, definitely paint.

Step Three:

Apply Modge Podge to one small area at a time and start sprinkling the glitter. Work slowly here, you’ll be surprised at how little glitter you actually need. It’s best to do this part with a piece of paper under the shoe so you can pick up and re-use the extra glitter.

For my project I found that one coat of glitter was enough for full coverage. If you miss a spot, let the shoes dry completely for at least two hours, and then re-apply Modge Podge to that area and add glitter.



Step Four:

Once you are happy with the glitter, cover the entire shoe with Modge Podge to seal it. It’s best to remove the tape within an hour of your final Modge Podge application. I made the mistake of leaving it overnight on one of the shoes and it was a bit of a mess.

That’s it! Now your little princess can rock some DIY’ed sparkly shoes, handmade with love!




  1. April 17, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    These are awesome! Thanks for sharing this great DIY. I’m sure my Little C would LOVE a pair of DIY sparkly shoes. 🙂

    • April 18, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Christina …I’m rushing over to check out the craftiness at your blog!

  2. April 18, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    the craftiness of bloggers never ceases to impress me. those shoes turned out ADORABLE! you’re daughter’s a lucky gal 🙂

    xo Marlen
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  3. April 19, 2013 / 3:51 am

    Last year I actually painted a pair of flats I had with a shimmery paint, and now I love them! Ain’t nothing wrong with sparkly shoes for adults, too! 😛

    • April 20, 2013 / 7:12 am

      That’s an awesome idea…I painted some flats before but didn’t think of using shimmer paint. So smart!

  4. April 20, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Oh my goodness LOVE this idea! I think this will come in handy for a certain 2 year old in my home especially. First time visit! Love your blog!

    brandy j |

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