DIY | Glitter Heels

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At some point over the last few months, glitter went from being entirely tacky to surprisingly chic. I don’t know whose fault this is or why it happened but I will certainly admit that I’ve jumped on the band wagon (for proof, check out my Photoshop Glitter Tutorial or Photoshop Glitter Masking Tutorial).

Glitter is an interesting 'material,' though, because it either looks great or horrible. I see something covered in glitter and immediately think either “I WANT THAT!” or “How tacky…”  

When I saw a few glitter-covered heels on Pinterest, I was convinced I’d have to make myself a pair. So I did. As with most projects, there’s a tacky way and a non-tacky way to go about things. But I’m pretty sure we nailed this one...

And here's how:

I had a pair of nude heels from Target sitting around in my shoe drawer at work (yes, I have a shoe drawer... when you walk to work in snow-and-salt-covered Chicago, a girl's gotta improvise). The heels were getting a bit marked up so it felt like the perfect time to tackle this project.

Having purchased gold glitter spray-paint ($5.99 at Hobby Lobby), I covered both shoes in painters tape and plastic bags, leaving only the heel exposed (because an entirely glitter-covered shoe just might cross the line into tacky town, depending on the venue and event, right?).

I did about 4 layers of glitter spray-paint before the spraypaint can suddenly stopped working. What on earth?! Have the glitter gods have doomed my project to failure?  No. Apparently, if you leave a spray-paint can right-side-up after its inaugural spray voyage, it can ruin the can... FOREVER.  

Here's how glam-ed up my heels had become before the death of the spray-paint can...

They look better in that photo than they were in real life. Truth was, while they were glitzy on camera, they just weren't cutting it off-screen. I wanted there to be a clear difference between the nude shoe and the glitter heel. I wanted the battle between Plane Jane and Lady Gaga on my feet. Instead it was... Plane Jane and regular Jane?

Anyways, with my impatient nature, I began searching for a solution. Sure, I could buy another can of glitter spray-paint… but I didn’t love the gold look anyways (just wasn't Gaga enough for me, I guess?). Plus, a new can of spray-paint would have meant another drive to the store and another 6 dollars; both sacrifices I was unwilling to make at the time.

My solution? Nail polish.

It sounds odd but was probably the best accidental discovery of all time (exaggerate much, Carly?).  I covered the heels in this silver nail polish, bought for $5 at Urban Outfitters. I did about 3 coats of nail polish to get the look just right… (The above photo is after the first coat)

Ultimately, I think it was fate that brought that little silver glitter nail polish into my life (still exaggerating, I see...). The combination of gold (spray-paint) and silver (nail polish) helps these shoes really sparkle, though the end result is much more silver than gold. As an added bonus, the tip of the nail polish brush allowed me to be very deliberate with my painting and get every nook and cranny, which would have been quite difficult if I had exclusively used the glitter spray-paint.

(You know what they say? If you love something, let it go Pin It...) 


  1. I could totally die this is so cute!!! AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

  2. So pretty! My heels better watch out because I might just do this... :)

  3. So cute! I think I just might try this!

  4. Glitter makes everything better. :-)

    Thanks again for linking up!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors


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