Fall Fashion DIY: Glitter Toe Flats

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I have to admit — one of my favorite things about fall, aside from the beautifully changing leaf colors, is the fashion. As much as I love lightweight fabrics and strappy sandals, I have come to look forward to the layering, boots and cozy fashion that comes with cooler weather. For my daughter, it means she has to trade in her flip flops for closed-toe flats. She’s not really a fan of most flats. Because let’s face it — a lot of them are just boring. When Walmart challenged me to share a fall project, I decided to share a quick, easy project to make boring flats a little (or a lot) more likeable.

DIY Glitter Flats

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You’ll Need:

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  • A pair of inexpensive or old solid-color flats
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge sealing spray
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s Tape

You can use any pair of flats you have in your closet that could use a little extra life, but since my daughter had outgrown the flats we bought her last fall, we grabbed these Faded Glory flats from Walmart for less than $10. And let me tell you — the memory foam insoles make them super comfortable. My daughter’s feet are actually a half-size bigger than mine, so I’ll probably be sneaking these out of her closet ever so often because they’re so comfy.

Keep in mind that this project is best done on top of a dropcloth or scrap cardboard, because you will have glitter everywhere, no matter how careful you try to be. Decide which part of the shoe you’d like to embellish and tape it off with painter’s tape. I did the toe because of the style of the shoe, but you could also do the back. Be careful to create as straight a line as possible, and adhere the painter’s tape to the shoe all the way across.

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Cover the section you’d like to embellish with a layer of Mod Podge, taking care to cover every corner.

Dump glitter over the Mod Podge, covering all of it. Allow the shoes to dry for about 10 minutes, then shake off the excess glitter onto paper or cardboard. If you have any blank spots, just dab a little Mod Podge in those areas and reapply the glitter. Once the area is fully covered with glitter, let it dry for 10-15 minutes.

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The next step is easily the most important. If you’ve ever crafter with glitter before, you know how it ends up everywhere and rubs off on your hands pretty easily. This is why you need a sealant. Cover the rest of the shoe with paper and painter’s tape so you don’t get the sealant in areas where you don’t want it. In retrospect, you can actually do this before you use the Mod Podge and glitter, but if you didn’t do it then, it’s absolutely necessary now.

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Following the directions on the can, spray 3-4 coats of Mod Podge sealing spray on the glitter section, with about 15 minutes of drying time between coats. This will help you avoid tracking glitter everywhere you go. While the sealant is still a little tacky, pull the tape.

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And that’s it! Your plain, boring flats are now fabulous. Because glitter makes everything better. 

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My daughter is already itching to wear them to school.

So what about you? What’s your favorite thing about fall fashion? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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