Have you ever wanted to feel like a princess, even if just for a little while?? I don’t usually go for ultra-girly,well, anything, but I’ve been working on a Cinderella inspired project that has me grabbing everything shiny, sparkly and glittering. And I can’t wait to feel just like a fairy tale princess!
You may remember me mentioning a Cinderella inspired outfit that I have been sewing up for myself to wear to my brother’s wedding. Well, I finished the outfit – a crop top and skirt – but I’ve been having a hard time finding accessories on my limited budget.
I knew I wanted all things sparkly and glittering, and finding the right “Cinderella” shoes was definitely key, but I also wasn’t willing to pay an arm and a leg for shoes that, let’s face it, I’ll only wear a handful of times at most. Cue my most recent crafty, thrifty project: DIY Glitter Princess Heels!
Let’s get started! First, here’s a list of materials you’ll need:
- a pair of plain shoes to glitterify (preferably older shoes – recycle!)
- glitter in your choice of color
- Mod Podge or similar glue/adhesive
- clear coat / sealer
- spray paint in your choice of color (optional; to paint the heels)
- plastic bags, newspaper, paper plate, etc (something to protect your workspace)
To start, you may want to paint the heels on your shoes with spray paint so that they match the glitter that you’ll be using. I recommend putting your shoes inside of plastic baggies and poking the heels through to protect the rest of the shoe from over spray,. You can seal the opening around the heels with some tape (see top picture).
A little over spray is not a big deal, however, since the rest of the shoe will be covered by glitter anyway. Follow the instructions on the can for application and drying times.
Once your heels are painted, you can start the glitterizing process (very scientific language, here). Simply apply your glue of choice in sections to your shoe, then coat with glitter, shaking off any excess glitter onto a paper plate. Repeat this process until the entire shoe is coated in glitter.
(I recommend a paper plate or something similar so that you can collect all of the excess glitter and reuse it!)
You want to allow ample time for the glitter to fully adhere and the glue to completely dry. I also recommend applying at least two coats of glue and glitter to the entire shoes – one coat at a time – otherwise, you may end up with patchy or streaky glitter application.
Once your shoes are fully coated and glittered up, it’s time to seal the glitter with a clear coat or sealer. This will not only protect your newly glitterized heels from the elements, but your house, car, pets and loved ones from also becoming glitterified. Glitter gets everywhere, it’s a known fact. Help prevent the spread of glitter with a sealer, please. ;)
(Apply multiple coats of sealer / clear coat; follow the instructions on the can for application and drying times. It may sound like a great idea to spread glitter wherever you go, but people will not thank you for it, and eventually your shoes will run out of glitter.)
Tuh-dah! Click your fancy new heels and strut your glittered stuff proudly in your very own DIY Glitter Princess Heels! I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty impressed with how these came out, because of course I was picturing a glittery mess, but, hey, if I can do it, so can you! That’s the princess spirit, or something!
I am really excited to wear my “Cinderella” outfit this weekend and I cannot wait to show you the whole thing from head to toe! It has been a long process, but it is so exciting to see it all coming together. And, of course, it will be so much fun to dress like Cinderella for the night!
Which princess’ wardrobe would you want to raid for a royal ball (or just a night out on the town)??
Thanks for reading!