How I made sparkly dream shoes

August 11 | Guest post by Caroline

I bought my wedding shoes very early on and, in my line of work, I get to meet a lot of brides, and I soon became victim to major shoe envy. So I thought, what are my dream shoes? Where can I get my dream shoes? And how can I get dream shoes without spending all my money!?

To be honest the shoes I had already bought where lovely… but just missed something. It turned out they were just missing some sparkle! So, I popped on eBay and bought a few bags of Swarovski crystals in the same awesome colour as my shoes and got sticking.

You'll need crystals, tweezers, and glue.

I recommend getting a few different sizes of crystals so you don't need to be quite as strict with your sticking pattern. I used 2mm, 4mm and 6mm.

I also got myself a cheap red felt tip pen and rubbed it over those white dusty looking super glue marks as I worked and it worked a treat.

Photo by Lauren McGlynn

It took a few weekends and quite a few more bags of crystals, but i did it! I made my dream shoes and saved myself a ton of money too! I heart them.

  1. They look great – I love the idea of just doing the heel.

    I rhinestone things on a regular basis, and wholeheartedly endorse Aleene's Jewel-It glue (http://www.save-on-crafts.com/jewelit.html) – it's wet glue, so you can work with it a little bit unlike super glue that dries up quickly.

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  2. YES! THIS!

    I have a huge,major, bordering on terrifying obsession with Wizard of Oz….and I most assuredly plan on wearing Ruby slippers down the aisle. Thanks for this!

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  3. I think they're awesome. I love that you only did the heel. The perfect touch. Congrats!

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  4. I love the shoes! I would never be brave enough to wear them!

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  5. Omg LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes!Might have to create some for my Zombie Walk experience to try it out before the big day in July :-) Woohoo for sparkles!!!

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  6. It was so awesome to see this rad tutorial and then show up at Caroline's wedding yesterday and see these shoes! Such and awesome wedding too. Congratulations Caroline!

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    • NO way! Wanna send me an pro shot of the final result? I'll updated the post with it. What a crazy coinci-dink!

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  7. I did this to my wedding sandals! My wedding will be on the beach, and I bought silver flat sandals that were cute, but just not dressy enough, and the silver wasn't quite right for my dress. So I glued clear AB faceted round beads to them and they look AMAZING… major plus: they're coming with me on the honeymoon!!

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  8. I really want to try this! But to my entire shoe! Think I'll have time if i'm getting hitched in November? Or am I crazy?

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    • I'm doing it got all my supplies in today! hopefully mine will look as cool! ^_^

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  9. Where did you get those shoes in the first place? They are stunning – but the sparkle add soo much!

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  10. I might try this – my desire for comfy shoes leaves me with some pretty drab options! What kind of glue did you use?

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  11. Very pretty :) I did this for my converse for the wedding (and a few other pairs because why the hell not?). I made a journal post about it and on the top, there is a link to the site that helps me (basically the exact directions here) but, if you look at other posts, they did a side by side comparison of different glues. I've found it super useful. http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/journals/2012/07/swarovski-crystal-chucks

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  12. What brand shoes are these?!?! I LOVE THEM!!!

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