Recently, my husband told me about a really cool DIY project one of his co-workers had completed. A soon-to-be bride, Tiffany made her OWN crystal wedding shoes… and they’re gorgeous! This project would also be great for anyone that has a prom or special occasion coming up, or just for fun.
The best part is you can use ANY shoes: Your old favorite broken-in flats, cheap pumps from a thrift store, or something you snag from the clearance rack. They’d be perfect to cover your little girl’s worn-out shoes for dress-up play as well. Once you buy the supplies, you can make your friends a pair too!
A big thanks to Tiffany T. for sharing her DIY crystal shoes instructions and congrats on her upcoming marriage!
DIY Crystal Shoes – Materials Needed:
- Shoes – any shoe you would like to use. I used an old pair of my favorite black peep toe pumps.
- Glue – I used E6000 permanent adhesive. Cost – about $5.00 (found in the beading/craft section next to the crystals)
- Crystals – I used plastic craft crystals. Cost – $15.99 for a large tub of them. (I only used a handful; there are probably enough crystals to do shoes for the entire wedding party!)
- Silver Glitter Puffy Paint – Cost $3.99
- Small paint brush – $1.00
- Old Towel – free
- Lay towel over your craft area
- Work in sections applying puffy paint to shoe and brushing on to have a thin, even coat of glitter.
- Allow puffy paint one hour to dry.
- Sort crystals by size and style.
- Beginning at the back of the shoe apply a line of glue from the top to the bottom of the heel.
- Gently place crystals on the glue. The adhesive will hold the glue right away so there is no need to hold the crystal in place longer than a second or two.
- Continue adding crystals in rows or sections. I applied one row at a time covering the heel first then worked around the bottom of the shoe, the top of the shoe and alternated until it was all filled in. I applied the larger crystals along the bottom and the smaller towards the top. I think a neat variation would be to use square or rectangular crystals and apply in a more random fashion.
Note: Tiffany didn’t add the bow to the back of the heel, it was already there. I think it’s a cute touch and could easily be added.