If you’re looking for shimmer, shine, and a whole lot of pizzazz, step into a pair of glitter flats. After all, they’re one of this season’s hottest (and most fun!) footwear trends. Glitter shoes are the perfect way to add a little flair to your day outfits or add some razzle dazzle to your party clothes or even to a plain old pair of jeans on casual Friday.

I’m especially fond of glitter ballet flats with a bow—to me, it’s the perfect combination of demure and dazzle. However, as I recently perused my favorite shoe stores, I learned that these sparkling shoes don’t come cheap:

Top Row (L to R): Kate Spade New York Felix Flat: $198.00 at nordstroms.com; French Sole Henrietta Glitter Flat: $192.44 at asos.com.

Bottom Row (L to R): Jimmy Choo Glittered Ballerina Flat: $425.00 at bergdorfgoodman.com; Sam Edelman Felicia Glitter Flat: $90.00 at bloomingdales.com.

But don’t worry–all that glitters…is not out of your budget. There’s a frugal way to get festive feet. Just follow these easy instructions to learn how to make your own glitter ballet flats:

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  1. Use masking tape to completely cover the inner sole of the shoe. Also, carefully use the masking tape to cover the bow and trim.
  2. Pour 1/3 of the container of Modge Podge and a generous amount of craft glitter into a bowl and mix well.
  3. Using a small foam brush, paint the mixture onto the exposed parts of the shoes. Wait 15 minutes and then apply a new coat of the mixture. You may need to apply up to four coats of the mixture (make sure to wait 15 minute between each coat) to get the shoes sufficiently sparkly.
  4. For the fourth and final coat of the mixture, add the fine glitter to the mixture and paint it on the shoes. The fine glitter helps to fill in some of the gaps.
  5. Wait until the white Modge Podge dries clear. Remove the masking tape. Use your fingers to press down and flatten the glitter mixture on the shoes and fill in any holes.
  6. Let dry overnight.
  7. Spray a coat of clear spray paint on the shoes to keep the glitter from shedding.

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4 thoughts on “Twinkle Toes: DIY Glitter Ballet Flats”

  1. Megan Ryman says:

    I made these myself and unfortunatley after the first time wearing them the modge podge cracked and started to peel…when i made them i intended on wearing them ALOT so i made sure to do it right, use the best materials and allow plenty of dry time, etc. anyway, i think it might of had to do with the shoe itself…it did not have any structure to it, it was a pretty giving cloth material…(cheap flats from wally world)….anyway, i think that if the stucture would have held itself up and not have moved with my foot the way these did it would have held up better but who knows…i might try it again but with a different material/structured shoe next time…

  2. Guest says:

    i made these myself and unfortunately they started peeling :( ….after they were done they looked great and i loved them but the first time i wore them out the modge podge cracked and started to peel off the shoe. now when i made these i intended on them being worn ALOT

  3. Erin says:

    Cute idea! Payless also has gold and silver sparkly flats for $16.99 if you’re feeling too lazy for the modge podge and just want to add a little bow. This is so perfect for ruby red slippers though!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This will be perfect for my daughters angel costume for Halloween.