As I was looking around for ideas for my Dorothy costume this Halloween, I realized just how ridiculously expensive ruby slippers were! Even the slip-around-your-shoe kind were around $15, and let’s face it, I’m not gonna pay $15 for something I’ll never use again. So, I trotted my way to Wal Mart, where I found silver flat shoes for 5 bucks. Now, you could really just stop there, since the shoes in L. Frank Baum’s original story were silver. (The moviemakers decided on ruby to take advantage of the newfangled Technicolor.) As I found out after asking whether I should keep the shoes silver or go ruby on Facebook, though, no one will have any idea why you’re wearing silver shoes and will think you’re crazy. So, my wonderful mom volunteered to glitter the shoes after I painted them so I could work on other parts of the project. All I had to do was add the bows – love you, Mom!
Here’s how to do it.
Red medium-size glitter (a very fine glitter will take longer to apply) or rhinestones, if you want to get extra fancy
Red fabric paint (optional)
Find your shoes. I would choose flats, since there’s less area to cover (and they’re just more comfy.) I would also choose a lighter color, like silver or white, or red. If there are any areas around the edges of the shoes that are made from a softer, more absorbent fabric, you may want to take the time to paint them red with some fabric paint. The fabric could soak up the craft glue, causing you some trouble when trying to apply the glitter. Just take the fabric paint and apply it from the applicator, or brush it on. Let dry.
P.S. – the shoes I bought had a draw string bow in the front. If yours have something similar, you can paint the bow red, or do like I did and untie the bow, knot the strings as close to the shoe as possible, and cut off the excess.
Once you’ve done any painting you need to do, and it’s nice and dry, start applying the craft glue in small sections. After you’ve applied a little glue, shake glitter onto the area, and repeat all around each shoe. Let dry. (Be sure to do this on a surface like poster board or paper so that you can collect and save the leftover glitter.) Once dry, tap the shoes on your work surface, and see if they’re in need of another coat. If not, go to step 3. If so, just repeat step 2 again. You shouldn’t need to apply more than 2 coats to get the desired sparkly effect.
The alternative, more time consuming version of step 2 is to apply red rhinestones individually to the shoes with craft or hot glue.
Add bows. You can use cotton, satin, or organza ribbon, glitter or no glitter. Just tie 2 neat bows, and use hot glue to attach one to each shoe.
When you’re done, the finished product should look something like this:
Altogether, the shoes only cost me $5, because we already had the glue, glitter, and ribbon. If you have to buy all of the supplies, the shoes will cost you about $10. (Hint: borrow a glue gun from someone if you don’t already have one.)
Of course, if you’re lucky enough to find red sparkly shoes that you’ll wear other than just on Halloween, more power to you! Here’s an example for $22.00 that would work: http://tinyurl.com/2ahbtxk
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