I was walking through Nordstrom’s the other day with three things on my mind. One, I hate department stores. Two, I love shoes. Three, I am cheap. And then I saw these.
And suddenly, all other thoughts were eclipsed. The only thought I had any room for was: I LOVE GLITTER. I don’t know, maybe I am a magpie or something. Too bad they are $60 and I’m unemployed, right? WRONG. The internet, as always, came to my rescue. A few months ago I saw this blog post/tutorial, filed it somewhere in my mental catalog as a Very Awesome Thing, and forgot about it until Steve Madden reminded me.
I took a trip to Michaels to grab some Mod Podge and glitter (It was about $20 total, and I definitely have enough of these things to use for more projects), and then to Target to pick up some plain black flats ($13 – but before you think I’m any good at saving money, I should confess that I forgot I have about four pairs of these flats that I’ve retired because they’re scuffed up, which could easily have been remedied by layers of delightful glitter; oh well), and then I started as soon as I got home!
Things that are important to remember: thin layers are your friend. Lots of very thin layers, with enough time in between for each to dry completely. Don’t do what I did, and go nuts trying to get great coverage on your first layer. They’ll look like this and you’ll be very nervous that you just made shoes that look like someone, uh, sneezed glittery phlegm all over them. Or something.
But Mod Podge dries gloriously clear, and then, about a thousand coats (I think I did four?) later, you have these. I did one extra coat with just purple glitter mixed into the Mod Podge at the end, to warm up the color, and I think that definitely did the trick.
I think mixing the glitter into the Mod Podge is pretty much the best idea in the world – I haven’t had a chance to wear these for any extended amount of time yet, but I’ve done some (nervewracking) bending tests and they seem fairly durable. And I haven’t found any stray glitter around the house, which is a good sign!
And here’s my helper/the bane of my picture-taking efforts.
So remember! When you’re bemoaning your lack of funds, turn to the vast community of genius bloggers out there, and you’ll find an answer! And if you want to make some glittery shoes of your very own, be sure to check this post out for more detailed directions.