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DIY Glitter Shoes with Unbelievable Sparkle

These DIY glitter shoes are really easy to make with Mod Podge! Turn your favorite pair into sparkly stunners in a few simple steps.

Skills Required: None. Even if you have never crafted before, you can decorate these shoes easily. You’ll be mixing Mod Podge and glitter and applying it to your kicks. Don’t forget to read my best tips!

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Glitter is a funny thing . . . if you met me in real life, you wouldn’t necessarily consider me a glitter person. I have a flannel collection and I like overalls. I don’t wear makeup or paint my nails. I guess I think of glitter as girly? Not that there’s anything wrong with girly, I just don’t typically go for it.

But the truth is, glitter is for everyone! Hear me out for a moment. Everyone deserves a pair of sparkly shoes, especially in these trying times. And the great thing about glitter is that it comes in a variety of colors. If you aren’t feeling pink or gold you can go blue or black. Do you want to use chunky glitter? You can. You’ll look at them and smile, no matter your wardrobe! Trust me.

You can make these DIY glitter shoes with canvas shoes like mine . . . or use heels, Vans, Converse, tennis shoes, flats, or any other kind of boot or shoe that floats your boat. I’m about to show you a no-mess way to glitter on shoes that will allow you to add bling into your everyday life!

Glitter Shoes

Before we dive into this fashion craft, I wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions that people have about this project and sparkly shoes in general. If you don’t want to read these, simply scroll down to the bottom of the post for the how-to card. Otherwise, I hope these help.

What type of Mod Podge should I use?

Many crafters think you need to use Mod Podge Outdoor or Fabric for this project. You don’t. I mean you CAN use those, but I recommend Gloss. That’s because it’s shiny like the glitter. And I don’t plan doing any puddle stomping, so glitter is fine. See below for additional sealing advice (it’s one of the questions).

What type of paint should I use?

You’ll definitely want to use fabric paint. I used multisurface paint, but I would recommend going with fabric paint because it’s very flexible – even more so than multisurface. And with so much Mod Podge on the project, you’ll want as much flexibility as possible.

What type of glitter?

You can use all types of glitter! I like fine glitter. I purchased mine in the kids’ section of Michaels a long time ago. I’ve had it hanging around waiting for a project just like these glitter shoes.

Will Mod Podge dull the glitter?

Yes it will, a bit. But to me, it’s not bad – it’s still quite sparkly. The trade off to me would be loose glitter on the shoes. See the application methods below to understand a bit more about your options.

Blue sparkly shoes made using Mod Podge and glitter

How do I apply glitter to shoes?

There are two ways to apply glitter to shoes:

  1. Mix the glitter together with Mod Podge and then apply to the shoe
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the shoe and then sprinkle glitter on top

So I always opt for number one. Yes, it’s less sparkly. It’s also WAY less messy. If you use number two, you will have to seal as well, unless you want glitter everywhere. The glitter will continue to shed – basically forever – all over everything. But it’s up to you!

What should I seal glitter with?

If you mixed the glitter with Mod Podge, you shouldn’t need to seal. Are you planning on stomping in puddles? I wouldn’t recommend that. I mean you can seal the shoes, but you don’t need to. Now if you applied Mod Podge to the shoe and then sprinkled glitter, I would definitely seal. Use a spray that is very clear and very high gloss.

Can I wash these shoes?

I don’t recommend it. And using Fabric Mod Podge won’t help you here either. I would just spot clean. If you submerge these in water, you could re-activate the Podge. Though if you try it . . . let me know in the comments.


Are you ready for the how-to? Get it below and make a sweet pair of your own!

Blue glitter shoes in front of an orange door

Gather These Supplies

  • Canvas shoes
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fabric paint
  • Glitter
  • Mixing container
  • Paintbrushes – detail and medium
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spouncer
  • Craft knife
Plain white canvas shoes

Here are the shoes that I started with. They were inexpensive, canvas slip ons. If your shoes have a smooth surface, you can sand them slightly with sandpaper to rough up and help the Mod Podge adhere better.

Lining a white canvas shoe with painter's tape

Add painter’s tape around the edge of the shoes to protect the rubber sole as you paint. This is particularly essential if you don’t have a steady hand like yours truly.

Painting the edge of a pair of canvas shoes

Use a smaller/detail brush to paint all the way around the edge of the shoe by the sole. Remove the painter’s tape and let dry.

White canvas shoes painted with blue acrylic paint

Paint the rest of the shoe using a flat paintbrush. You don’t need two coats – just one worked for me. You’re just providing a base for the glitter. Let the shoe dry and repeat with the other one.

Around the edges where you slip your feet in, I was very careful to not get paint inside the shoe. If you feel like this is a challenge, use painter’s tape for this portion as well.

Mod Podge in a measuring cup

Measure the Mod Podge and put it into the mixing container. I used too much in this photo. The ratio: 1/4 cup Mod Podge to 1 1/2 T glitter.

Adding glitter to Mod Podge gloss

Add your glitter to the mixing container . . .

Stirring glitter into a container with Mod Podge

. . . and stir in. Mix it well. The glitter will try to go to the bottom so stir, stir, stir.

Applying glitter to shoes with a spouncer

Use the spounder to apply the first layer of glitter to the first shoe. Place the Mod Podge and glitter at the end of the spouncer and press up and down to cover.

Front of a a shoe covered in glitter and Mod Podge

Cover the entire shoe, getting around the edges of the shoe near the sole with a detail brush. If any Mod Podge gets on the sole, wipe it away before it dries. Let the shoe dry and repeat with the second shoe.

Applying a second coat of Mod Podge and glitter to a shoe with a spouncer

After the first coat dries, add a second coat to both shoes and let dry.

First coat of Mod Podge and glitter on canvas shoes

To finish, add a third coat of Mod Podge and glitter to your shoes.

Canvas shoes with Mod Podge and glitter mixed on top

Let your DIY glitter shoes dry overnight on your work surface. When done, remove any excess Mod Podge around the edge with a craft knife (carefully!).

Make-glitter-shoes

I highly recommend letting your sparkly sneakers cure for 28 days before using. This is so they are fully dry all the way through, and they won’t get the weird creasing when you walk.

Sparkly shoes

Your glitter shoes are going to be a little stiff, but they will wear in well. Just keep in mind, it’s going to take a minute. I hope you wear them with pride!

Yield: 1 pair

Glitter Shoes

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Learn how to make glitter shoes using Mod Podge! This sparkly footwear DIY is simple enough for both children and adults.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Dry Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Canvas shoes
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Fabric paint
  • Glitter
  • Painter's tape

Tools

  • Mixing container
  • Paintbrushes - detail and medium
  • Spouncer
  • Craft knife

Instructions

  1. If shoes aren't new, clean and let dry. Clean the rubber sole with a magic eraser.
  2. Add painter's tape around the edge of the shoe to protect the rubber sole as you paint.
  3. Use a smaller/detail brush to paint around the edge of the shoe.. Remove the painter's tape and let dry.
  4. Paint the rest of the shoe using a flat paintbrush.
  5. Measure the Mod Podge and put it into the mixing container. Stir in the glitter until fully mixed.
  6. Use the spounder to apply the first layer of glitter to the first shoe. Place the Mod Podge and glitter at the end of the spouncer and spounce up and down to cover.
  7. Cover the entire shoe, getting around the edges of the shoe near the sole with a detail brush. Let the shoe dry and repeat with the second shoe.
  8. After the first coat dries, add a second coat to both shoes and let dry.
  9. To finish, add a third coat of Mod Podge and glitter to your shoes. Let dry completely.
  10. Let cure for 28 days before wearing.

Notes

Costs vary for this project! I purchased the shoes for $5 and had the rest of the supplies on hand.

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I’ve got another pair of glitter shoes for you! My friend Ashley revamped her daughter’s pair with glitter and Mod Podge, and now they are ready wear to the opera. Or to a ball. Visit Ashley to learn how she revamped these awesome Toms shoes.

DIY glitter Toms at Lil’ Blue Boo

Glitter Toms Shoes with Unbelievable Sparkle

Ashley

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

Hi again guys, I had one more question before I do this tonight. Where in the world can I buy any stuff I need? I looked at walmart earlier today, and didn't exactly see what I was looking for. Not exactly sure what to do, but I really need to get this done tonight ! Thanks again babes!! xxxx Ashley~

Ashley

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

Oh and also! I was reading some comments, and people had said there glitter started to shed off after wearing, then I saw one and a lady said she sprayed with Varnish to prevent that? What is varnish> And where could I buy it as well. Brands? Thanks Ashley~ xxxxx

Ashley

Sunday 27th of January 2013

Hii there! I just had a quick question for anyone ? I was going to do this with gold glitter, for a party I am going to this weekend. I am just afraid they won't turn out good, How did yours turn out? And is it hard? I just need tips for doing this! And what size modge podge should I buy? AND my toms are blue, does the color matter? Sorry for all the questions ! Thankyou babes! Mwah Ashley~ xox

Amy

Sunday 27th of January 2013

Hi Ashley! I've done glitter shoes and they turn out great. They won't be as flexible as they were originally, but they will be fine to wear. You are fine with an 8 oz. bottle of Mod Podge. And yes, the color matters. If you are going to use gold glitter, I would basecoat the shoes with gold fabric paint. Otherwise you'll be able to see the blue through the gold glitter and it will look bad. I just did some purple shoes with silver glitter and I basecoated them light gray.

Gloria Westerman

Thursday 27th of September 2012

I just did this to a pair of my dress shoes....for a wedding...and they turn out so pretty....love it..tfs

Stephanie @ henry happened

Wednesday 26th of September 2012

I love Toms! Especially since they're so so comfy!

CountryBelle

Tuesday 25th of September 2012

It's really funny that they are sooo popular, and expensive... yet all these blogs are promoting how to "fix" them. If I'm spending that much, should I really have to fix them? Maybe I just don't get it?

Anonymous

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

I glittered my last pair of shoes once they got old and worn out. It covered all the scuffs and it was like getting a brand new pair of shoes for the dollar it cost me to buy the glitter.

Anonymous

Thursday 27th of September 2012

agree :)but gr8 idea for a plain pr. too

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