Make Your Own Glitter Flats At Home

Why drop $285 on a pair of Kate Spade glitter flats when you can make some yourself? Over at We Are Not Martha they show you how to take an old pair of flats and turn them into foot bedazzlers with just some mod podge, glitter, a foam brush, clear glaze spray and a mimosa.

Make Your Own Glitter Flats [We Are Not Martha]


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  1. Chris W. says:

    I make my own glitter flats at home.

  2. rbb says:

    Just don’t wear them in your own home. That glitter will flake off everywhere. Glitter is almost as bad as those statically charged styrofoam pellets from a beanbag chair…

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:


      • Doubts42 says:

        Technically there is no article to read, just another blog post.

      • FrugalFreak says:

        might would if Consumerist posted the article. I come to consumerist to read, not go to 15,000 different websites. Why aren’t articles presented here rather than soundbites to entice to read article elsewhere?

        • myCatCracksMeUp says:

          Do you not know (and appartently you don’t) that when blogs copy and paste entire articles from other sites, that it is considered infringment? Even it they give credit to the other site, it’s still infringement? Other sites don’t want their material copied and pasted on other sites, but they usually welcome links to their sites.

          • FrugalFreak says:

            Then why do we need consumerist if they don’t write articles? we have digg for links.
            All I’m saying is I would like to see Consumerist quit the sensationalism, crafts, reruns and become a more serious consumer advocate website. It is the only kind that it is, just wish it would be more.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              to me, craft ideas go right along with consumerism. they are helping me save money by making my own things at home. i would be bored if that was the only kind of thing they posted, but fortunately it’s not all the time.

            • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

              The whole point is that the OP saved $250 on shoes she wanted. If that’s not consumer-related, then I guess I don’t get what Consumerist is about at all.

          • FrugalFreak says:

            Article was intended as of thier own, not copied one. You can write an article and use small snippets from other sources as long as it doesn’t make the breadfruit of the article. Consumerist could write the articles, input bits of supporting snippets, and post.

  3. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    It’s a really good idea, but she should have used better glitter. The stuff she used looks like the little dots you sprinkle on sugar cookies

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      It’s probable that she picked a glitter color that *she* liked. If I did something like this, I’d certainly pick a glitter color that I find appealing. It might not meet with your approval, but it’d make me happy, and that’s the point of DIY projects.

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      Maybe someone in her house has a shoe fetish and likes the candy glitter. Not that I… I mean… er… damn!

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I’d use Red…
      I always see kids’ shoes in the red glitter-
      and darnit, I want my OWN ruby slippers!
      Now I can make em!
      I’d also glue on some bias tape or piping on the edges to clean up the lumpy glitter edges.

    • Wombatish says:

      It’s also a similar color palette (though not quite texture/particle size) to the original shoes.

      I’m sure the glitter on the original shoes was quite fancy, and this was the most reasonable alternative with similar looks.

  4. A. B. Itch says:

    You’re also going to need a broom because that shi is going to make a total mess.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      That’s why she has copies of the style section on the floor. Well, either that or she has a chow or something.

      • A. B. Itch says:

        I’m not talking about the mess from making them. I’m talking about the mess that’s going to happen from just wearing them. She’s gonna leave a trail.

        • pinkbunnyslippers says:

          Have you ever worked in Mod Podge? That glitter isn’t going anywhere once it’s on the shoe – especially after 4 coats AND a shellacking (sp?) afterwards.

  5. Reading_Comprehension says:

    glitter flats – now no one will take you seriously

  6. Bativac says:

    This is great, I was really fretting about potentially spending $285 on a pair of Kate Spade glitter flats. Now it won’t even be an issue. Thanks again, Consumerist!

    I just hope Walmart doesn’t try to check my receipt for the glitter, foam brush, and cheap Faded Glory generic flats, amirite??

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      Oh yeah,,,and look like a homeless person shopping at Wal-Mart. lol.

      Isn’t this the same thing that all of us did in 5th grade when we glued macaroni to paper, painted it, and sprinkled glitter all over it? lol. I think it is.

  7. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

    This is relevent to my interests.

  8. Danielle74 says:

    “Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.” – Demetri Martin

    • LightningUsagi says:

      LOL. I use that quote all the time. I use it so much that on my last day in my old dept, they put as many glitter-covered objects on my desk as they could. I’m still shaking it off of my Domo plushies.

  9. SonarTech52 says:

    If clicking Ruby Red shoes together will get you home, will these multicolored ones get you wherever you want to go?

  10. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    Wow, Ben actually beat us readers to the punch line this time.

    I have no comment now. I am deeply depressed and my every thought is of pain and sorrow.

  11. ChuckECheese says:

    all i have at home are decoupage glue and fruity pebbles. can i use those instead of mod podge and glitter?

  12. Keter says:

    Easier and eliminates any glitter mess: brush on numerous thin coats of glitter glue – allow to dry in between coats. Allow several days to do this project: the more coats, the better the result.

    • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

      That’s basically what she did, if you read the post. She mixed the glitter with Mod Podge, thus making her own glitter glue at home, then brushed on multiple coats.

  13. Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

    Too bad it’s so close to Christmas, and I already finished my shopping. These would be perfect for my name draw this year.

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      Although, I would carefully glue some nice ribbon all around the “opening” of the shoe, to give it more of a finished look.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Please make some glitter shoes for the baby in your picture and post the results. Squees will ensue. :)

        • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

          That is an excellent idea! I much prefer making crafts for my girls than for anyone else :)

  14. MaliBoo Radley says:

    Please, no one make ugly shoes. Not Kate Spade and not you.

  15. UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

    OK, I know I’m a guy so I “don’t understand,” but… are the real ones and the self-made flats both not that attractive?

    Or am I just “a guy?”

    • caradrake says:

      They really aren’t that attactive…

    • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

      I thought they were cute. Does that make me too “girly”?

      • Hoot says:

        I LOVE them. I don’t think I’ll make them due to the fact that I don’t go many places that glitter flats would be appropriate and I’m not that crafty.

        But if someone wanted to gift me a pair of Kate Spade ones, I’d be super excited!

        I guess I’m too much of a girl.

      • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

        No, I think you just understand something about fashion that I apparently cannot. I’m really plain about my clothing anyway, so I have a hard time understanding pretty stuff.

    • Brie says:

      I think the ones in the picture would have looked better if the creator had stuck to a colorway, like purple-blue-green or yellow-orange-red, instead of going full-on multi.

      Glitter: the original bling.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      If finding those shoes unattractive means you’re ‘just a guy’, then I’ve got some very bad news for my husband, since I wouldn’t wear them if you paid me!

  16. Excuse My Ambition Deficit Disorder says:

    Does anyone else chuckle a bit when they saw that Ben posted information on how to make glittery shoes. The mental picture of Ben walking around in glitter laden flat shoes made me choke a bit on my coffee.

    • Bativac says:

      Didn’t Ben also post the thing about the tampon shortage the other day?

      Is there something Ben isn’t telling us? …Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      • Hoot says:

        He’s just in touch with his feminine side.

        Or, like other readers have said, he’s moved in with his woman.

        I love it, either way.

  17. evilpete says:

    Glitter = Raver scabies

  18. RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

    I know there are probably going to be 50 “Why is this on Consumerist?” posts, but I think it’s cool to post ideas to save money, and very pro-consumerist. Thanks, Ben!

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Right. I mean, I never would have thought of mod podge, but it sounds like a really neat product; my primary reason for avoiding glittercrafts is the whole finding glitter randomly stuck to my ENTIRE BODY for months after any glitter-related project, and the inevitable gradual shedding of glitter from the decorated object, resulting in unslightly bare patches… avoiding the glitterpocalypse

      • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

        I always heard about Mod Podge on those decorating shows on HGTV where they do an entire house in a day, or swap houses. They used it for everything. (I’m totally burned out on those types of shows now!)

        But I didn’t realize it was just a kind of nice glue stuff. I’m thinking of picking some up to play with. Like you, I don’t want glitter everywhere, but this sounds like it might work without being too messy.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          there’s a few kinds. matte finish, crackle, glossy. it’s super useful. a roommate totally covered a bookcase in greek newspapers and matte finish mod podge once. it looked way better than it sounds.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I agree. Whether I would do it or not, making your own at home is kind of a theme here, anyway.

  19. CrankyOwl says:

    I’m so un-crafty I had never even heard of “mod podge”. It sounds vaguely obscene.

  20. cete-of-badgers says:

    I have Mod-Podge, glaze spray and foam brushes for, I dunno, some goddamn reason, now all I need is glitter and flats. In fact, I guess I could pretty much glitter anything this way. Goodbye security deposit, hello Glitter Room/Discotheque.

  21. Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

    Glitter — the herpes of arts and crafts.

  22. OnePumpChump says:

    …but you can roll it in glitter.

  23. Bresslol says:

    Is it just me, or did anyone else initially read that as “Glitter Farts”?

  24. Good Cop Baby Cop says:

    Love this, love them, am doing this.

    Oh and whoever had the roommate with the Greek newspaper bookcase, I am stealing that idea and covering my cheapo computer desk.

  25. JamieSueAustin says:

    THIS! I love glitter. It satisfies my deep seated need to be the tackiest person on the planet. I have every color of glitter known to man. You have to have a respirator to walk through my obscenely glittery house. Thanks for thinking of me Ben! I knew you loved me.

  26. Intheknow says:

    Hey, what a great site – Thanks!