My wedding dress and I fell in love immediately, but I spent some time trying to figure out what shoes I want to wear when I get married. Our ceremony is going to be outside and Rob is quite a bit taller than me, so I knew I needed high heels that were substantial enough for me not to sink into possibly damp grass. I thought about wedges but never really found any I liked enough, and I kept coming back to my favorite pair of leather pumps I used to wear to work every day. "If only I could find a pair exactly like these, just a little more special," I kept saying.
I have a brown pair and a nude pair of these pumps from J.Crew, and the nude ones have been worn to pieces. I had actually stopped wearing them because they looked so bad, and when I was about to throw them away I decided to try a little craft on them first. So with a bit of Mod Podge and a whole lot of glitter, I now have the perfect wedding shoes.
I'm going to show you how I did it because I am really not a craft person and I just loved every minute of it. I'm saving these for my wedding, but they'd make perfect holiday party shoes. (And the supplies only cost me about $15!)
An old pair of shoes
Mod Podge Glue, Gloss Finish
Glitter (I went with a larger glitter in silver)
Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
2. In a paper bowl, pour some Mod Podge and mix quite a bit of glitter into it. I didn't measure and just kept adding glitter until I could tell that there was more than just glue in there.
3. Brush the glitter-glue mix onto each shoe. Do two or three coats. Let it dry overnight. Remove tape.
4. The next day I felt like they looked pretty good, but I wasn't completely happy with the amount of sparkle. I added another coat of Mod Podge (glitter-less, this time) and then just poured loose glitter on each shoe. That did the trick.
5. Use the acrylic sealer to spray a coat or two on top of the final layer of glitter. If you're wearing a short dress, you're good to go, but since my dress is long, I've been adding a few extra coats here and there so that the rough glitter doesn't snag the lining of my gown. I'm also going to pop some new insoles into them before the wedding since the original ones are looking a little worn and kind of gross.
They're exactly what I had in mind--I've never felt more crafty in my life!