Sunday, November 20, 2011

glitter saddle shoes: DIY

Our weekend was filled with some crafting, some soccer and a lot of family time. And making some glitter saddle shoes for Devlin!

Devlin and I had been eye-ing the crewcut glitter boots for weeks. But I can't help choking on the pricetag. After some inspiration from Fawn of Clean Up on Aisle Four, I decided to give it a try.

1. Gather supplies: shoes, glitter and glue (you will also need a little paint brush, painters tape, a paper cup and fine grit sandpaper for this project)
Any shoes will do. I bought these cheap-o saddle shoes at Payless Shoes. For the glitter, I choose this ultra fine Martha version. And based on the hours of Internet research I did, using Mod Podge glossy is a must.

2. Lightly sand the surface you wish to glitter.

3. Tape off the areas you wish to glitter. This step is tedious and takes forever, so take your time. I was nervous about the painters tape sticking to the cheap pleather, so I used some Japanese masking tape. (and boy were those eye holes a pain)

4. Mix some Mod Podge and glitter in a paper cup. (Don't make the same mistake I did, and make the mixture too thick. It paints on clumpy.) Paint on your mixture. Let dry. Repeat this process until you have full coverage. Once I had the correct consistency, it took three coats. To finish, paint on a Mod Podge only coat. Let dry.

5. Admire your work. And earn some serious cool points with the 9 year old.


  1. Totally awesome. No surprise there.

  2. love sucker for the saddle...and glitter!! yes, please

  3. Awesome! How long did it take to dry between each coat??

    1. Hi Jamie,
      Between the glitter layers, I allowed them to dry overnight. With the final coats I allowed a few hours (the mod pogde was thinner and dried much quicker)
      best of luck to you and I hope you get your glitter on!