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Glittered Sneakers


Trendy glittered sneakers can be yours without breaking the bank -- make your own with this how-to from designer and blogger Erica Chan Coffman.



  1. Step 1

    With masking tape, mask edges of each shoe, being sure to cover the rubber soles as well as the toe area.

  2. Step 2

    To create glitter mixture, add one part glitter to two parts decoupage and mix thoroughly with a craft stick.

  3. Step 3

    With a fine art brush, paint a layer of glitter mixture onto each shoe and let dry 10-15 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Paint on additional coats of glitter mixture until each shoe is completely covered and no white space is showing. Let dry completely.

  5. Step 5

    Once dry, remove all tape and use a craft knife or the edge of your fingernail to scrape dried glitter from grommets and soles.

  6. Step 6

    Use E-6000 adhesive to adhere gemstone embellishments to toe area.

  7. Step 7

    To finish shoes, use a metallic silver Sharpie marker to color in the grommets and then lace them up.

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Reviews (17)

  • 22 Aug, 2012

    i am about to make the glittered sneakers for my daugther and i need to know what kind mod podge to use it is alot of kinds of mod podge

  • 20 Aug, 2012

    Honesty WTF is her website

  • 22 Oct, 2011

    what type of mod podge was used for the glittered sneakers--there are so many kinds!!!!

  • 10 Oct, 2011

    I made the shoes and after about 2-3 hours of wearing them, they did crease also. Is there something to do to prevent this?

  • 5 Oct, 2011

    We did this project. They turned out real cute, but after a couple of hours of wear, the glitter mixutre is coming off the shoe. There is a difinite crease at the toes and the white is showing. We followed the directions and ended up putting on 8 layers. Was this to many layers?

  • 2 Oct, 2011

    I did do this project but did not sdd the crystals. it came out great. I did uses the lapis MS glitter but It was more of a teal than the royal blue color of Lapis. Martha, please add a royal blue to your glitter. My son's school colors are Royal blue & white and I would love that color so it matches my Mom's shirts.

  • 29 Sep, 2011

    On the left column of your screen under the facebook and twitter icons there is a +Save button, that is how you add it to your collection

  • 29 Sep, 2011

    Does anyone know what the brand of black glittered sneakers?

  • 28 Sep, 2011

    I was also can I save this in "My Collections"?

  • 27 Sep, 2011

    I used to be able to save this type of article in "My Collections", has this option gone away?

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    I love this and am going to try this. But, how do you go about laundering them? Wouldn't the glitter come off in the washer?

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    You can also use the tip of a crayon to pick up small stones/sequins. I do this all the time and it works great. Hope that shaves a little of the prep work off for those of you who are thinking about doing this as a group project.

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    Martha mentioned using a Q-tip dipped in beeswax (then dried, I'm sure) to pick up the small(er) stones/sequins/whatever. I need to get out more, I had not seen glitter sneakers before. I thought it was a great idea for basketball season--if I can find some comfy sneaks, I may make a Carolina Blue pair!

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    On the glitter sneakers what was the tool you used to apply the little gemstones? I remember you saying it was great for picking up the small stones.

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    After seeing this today, I called my sister and asked about doing it with her Girl Scout troop. They love glittery things! I can't wait till we have the class. It is going to be awesome and much easier since I learned that little secret...using beeswax on the ends of skewers to pick up stones.

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    Saw this today and love it for our youth at church also. I would like to know what you used to pick up the stones with. I have some small stones to add and this looks like it would be much easier to pick them up with than tweezers.

  • 26 Sep, 2011

    Saw this on today's program and it looks so cool. I'm the Children's Ministry Directors Assistant at my church and we have a very large children's ministry so I'm always looking for ideas for craft projects to be used with kids from 5 years old thru 6th grade. We have a girls spend the night event coming up so this will be perfect.