So you read our post about Disneyland at Halloween, and you saw that adorable handmade Tinkerbell costume that Abbey wore all night, and maybe you’re wondering where I got her shoes, and how I got them to be functional AND adorable. Well I’m going to tell you, because I love you! And this wouldn’t be much of a blog if I kept those DIY secrets to myself, right?When we first decided to head up to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party, we knew we had to come up with cute costumes for the kids. We talked about all sorts of ideas before settling on doing Tinkerbell, Fawn, Peter Pan and a band of pirates.
I knew we would be walking around a ton at Disneyland and needed to make some shoes that would be tough enough to put in all that walking, but also looked like Tink’s little green slippers.
So I DIY’d them.
We went to Hobby Lobby (and can I just swoon a bit that we FINALLY have a Hobby Lobby in San Diego!) to grab everything we needed. They had these perfect little canvas velcro shoes for under $10, and so we also grabbed a bottle of matching glitter, some glossy finish Mod Podge, white pom poms and some foam brushes. With the 40% off coupon, I think everything cost us under $15, which isn’t too bad, and clearly you’ll use that Mod Podge again – for some reason at home I only had Matte.
*Make sure you grab the super glossy or glitter Mod Podge, because the Matte will dull the sparkle.*
Go home and prep your shoes. Stuff them with paper towels or newspaper so you’re not cleaning out glitter forever. Glitter gets on everything you know…
I found it easier to cover the entire shoe with a thin layer of Mod Podge, and then sprinkle the glitter over, touching up where I felt it needed it.
We sprinkled over a paper plate, which made it easier to put unused glitter back into the container, and kept our work space a bit cleaner.
Let the first coat of Mod Podge and glitter dry about 10-15 minutes and apply a second coat.
Once the second coat is applied, apply a very thin layer of Mod Podge over everything one last time to seal all the glitter in. This will allow the glitter to stay put and not flake off in your car, or bags. Um, you’re welcome.
It will take a good 24-48 hours to completely dry, so plan ahead and work slowly. There is no need to rush, or you’ll get weird bubbles and spots that haven’t dried completely. Once everything is completely and totally dry, hot glue a fluffy white pom pom to the toe area and you’re done! If you’re planning on these shoes seeing a lot of action, it might be a better idea to sew the pom poms on with a few hand stitches… Abbey’s eventually fell off and had to be reglued.
How stinking cute are these? And they held up INSANELY well and Abbey said they were really comfortable! The quality of those Hobby Lobby canvas shoes was pretty good too. I’ll never spend a ton of money on glitter shoes again!
Enjoy the photos below, Abbey wanted to have a photoshoot in her costume. She really got into character!
How adorable is she? The DIY costume instructions can be found here.