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Sit back, while I tell you the story of my DIY project gone wrong.
|These might not seem wrong, but they are. They are so wrong.|
Lately I have been a big ball of stress because, OMG, there’s only four months until our wedding and I still haven’t found SHOOOOOOES! I have been searching high and low, in person and on the internet, for the perfect shoes with zero luck. It doesn’t help that I am gravity challenged and was searching for a 1″-2″ heel, and the heel had to be wide, because the heels that have the girth of a pencil don’t work with my body. And the shoes had to be white or light pink, and not patent leather, so I could get them designed by Figgie Shoes. But alas, it seemed these shoes didn’t exist. So it was time to broaden my search.
I had seen these tutorials online about using glitter to decorate shoes. I had spoken to a couple of my friends who actually tried this method and it worked great. I decided the glittered shoes really fit my personality, and I loved the DIY aspect. So I set out to find shoes – any shoes – that I found comfortable.
And then, I found them!
Aerosoles Tapestry, with a 3″ (gasp) heel that was WIDE, and holy hell, are these shoes comfortable! I found them at DSW for $50. They only had dark grey, which was fine, because all the glitter tutorials I have read said that the shoe color doesn’t matter because the glitter covers it up.
I bought the shoes and then ran to Joann Fabrics for glitter and Mod Podge. They had the perfect pink glitter! When I got home, I set up to start my project.
I used a tiny tupperware container (I somehow have a million of these) to mix the Mod Podge and glitter. It should be a very high glitter-to-Podge ratio. When I do this project again (spoiler alert), I will add even more glitter to the Mod Podge.
|Glitter in bowl pre Podge|
Then I used the brush to apply a layer of glitter/glue. I had a paper towel handy to wipe glue off the bottom rubber part of the shoe.
Here’s the result after one layer.
It doesn’t look great now, but it does get better.
Let the shoes dry for about 30 minutes and then put on another layer. Repeat as necessary. This was my result after four layers of glitter.
They look good, right?
But I don’t like them. Not for our wedding.
This isn’t necessarily a post about a DIY project failing miserably, but a post about me being a super perfectionist.
The black shows through too much. The tutorials that say the shoe color doesn’t matter, are lying liars. You can’t put light glitter on black shoes, you just can’t! And I don’t love the black sole, not with an ivory wedding dress. I didn’t think about that when I bought them.
BUT. Hope is not all lost! After some sleuthing I found the same shoes on Amazon, but in pink! With a TAN sole.