I took some ugly Payless flats, made a cocktail of Mod Podge, fine pink glitter, and chunky red glitter (I mixed these three ingredients together in a washed out Thai food take-out container). I coated the ugly shoes in the Mod Podge glitter mishy-mosh. The shoes dried. Then my cat peed in them. Then I submerged the flats in a bucket of boiling water and lots of clothing detergent. I left them in there for a day. The pee smell left but the glitter stayed. I walked through a repulsive rainstorm and a totally flooded, filthy subway station and the glitter STILL stayed.

I heard that some people had issues when they coated the shoes in Mod Podge and then poured glitter on top. I heard that those people dealt with the glitter peeling off in chunks. I haven’t had that problem. The glitter remained after angry cat pee, boiling water, harsh detergent, and NYC rainstorms. I recommend my strategy. Plus, creating a mushy, sparkly goo that consists of glue and two kinds of glitter is really fun. Not to be missed.

I stare at my shoes all day.

~Love and Libraries, Ingrid

About magpielibrarian

Children's and Teen Librarian, Mediocre Crafter, Urban Magpie, Glitter Addict, and Worshiper of Ridiculous Outfits, Emerging Leader 2012, Rainbow Book List Member, and GLBT RT Director-at-Large! This is what a librarian looks like, kids.

2 responses »

  1. sarah says:

    came here from your interview at dressed her days vintage and I have to say THANKS, my kid has loved glitter shoes since birth and those cheap kids glitter shoes (a) suck and (b) always lose glitter and I never once thought of GLITTERING SOME SHOES. I will totally try your recipe out as soon as I find some decent blanks that fit her! (also, subbing in reader, I <3 your blog!!)

    • Thanks for reading! People don’t believe that under all this glitter is a pair of black patent pleather shoes. All you see is red and pink glitter. I love them! I hope your kiddo enjoys a pair of nice glittery kicks.

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