{Tutorial} Mod Podge Glitter Flats

Using Mod Podge and glitter to spruce up an old pair of shoes has been all the rage in blog world in recent months. I first got the idea from Suburbs Mama. She transformed plain every day high heals into shimmering super stars!  Months ago I planned to do this project, and yet time kept slipping from me. This past weekend I finally took the time out of my busy life to rehab my beloved black patent leather flats. They had seen better days, and to be honest are one of my most comfortable pair of shoes I own. The best part is that I bought them for $10 on the clearance rack at Old Navy. As you can tell from the picture below… They were in need of a  makeover!

I was tired of looking at the peeling patent leather.

Supplies Needed:

Old Pair of Shoes

Mod Podge, Gloss & Fine Black Glitter

Sponge Brush, Wood Stick, Plastic Cup, Painters Tape

First, you will want to use painters tape and tape off all areas that you do not want the Mod Podge glitter to touch.

Since I tend to make a mess when I craft I covered up almost every ounce of shoe with painters tape (as pictured above).

In a disposable cup you will want to fill the cup a quarter full with Mod Podge (Gloss) followed by a quarter of the container of fine black glitter. Using a disposable wooden stick you will want to stir the Mod Podge and glitter until well incorporated.

Now, use a sponge brush and begin to liberaly apply the glittered Mod Podge on to your shoe.

Once you’ve covered both shoes let them sit and dry for about an hour. Make sure you cover your cup & brush with a plastic bag so the Mod Podge does not harden.

I was giddy with excitement when I saw how my flats looked after just one coat of Mod Podge with Glitter!

I didn’t want the glitter to be too overwhelming. I wanted a slight shimmer, and that’s exactly what I was able to achieve. *The pictures don’t do these shoes justice!

Here I am painting one more coat of Mod Podge onto my flats.

I let them dry for another hour.

Then I carefully pealed the painters tape off the flats.

Your flats are ready to be worn!

I finished this project Saturday afternoon, and wore them out to dinner on Saturday night!

Getting ready to leave for a fancy dinner out on the town!

What do you think of my new flats? Easy project–right?

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  1. Very nice! I’m definitely going to try this.

  2. OMG! Those are fab Katie!!! I wish I could see just how pretty and glittery they are – the pics don’t do them justice, I’m sure! Cool that you were able to wear them the same night. I might try this with a non-flat pair of shoes…hmmmm.

    P.S. Love the new site – very, VERY nice!!!


    • Thanks Angelene! Yes, I agree. My pictures don’t do them justice! They have a slight shimmer to them which is what I was hoping for! Keeping them some-what like their original style.

      Thanks for the kind compliments on our new design. We still have a few kinks to work out… but its getting there! 🙂

  3. What a perfectly fabulous and sparkling idea! LOVE IT! The transformation is magical! I’m going to have to revive a pair of pumps so I can sparkle too! 🙂 TFS!

  4. Your shoes turned out real cute! Love glitter!!

  5. I’ve been seeing glittered flats everywhere! I love the subtlety of yours. Great job!

  6. Cute Katie!! I think I’ll be trying this out pretty soon on an old pair of grey flats–easy and requires few supplies…my type of project in my current lifestyle 😉 PS–your hair is getting SUPER long!!!!!!

  7. Awesome! Great job!

  8. So cute! I have shoes just like that…I’m going to have to try this!

  9. Thank is such a cute idea! I love how they turned out!!

  10. Jennifer Wedemeyer says:

    Hi, I’m a new follower. I found you on Creative Me Monday Hop over and say hi if you get a chance Jennifer from Just Wedeminute

    What a great idea! I’m going to do this for my 11 year old, I know she will LOVE it!

  11. What an awesome idea!
    Going to feature this on “a few of my favorite things” on Friday!

  12. you have just saved tons of flats for my daughter, I cant wait to try this!

  13. Now that is cool….. With my 11 year old…. uuummmmm Thanks for the idea and the step by step instruction!!

    Hop’n by from ‘Creative Me Monay Hop’. Sorry I am so very late, it has been a crazy week! Bu, I’m following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

  14. Very cute!! I like the not too over done look..great job

  15. THANK YOU for posting this!!! I had picked up a pair of shoes for my daughter in the right size, but was not pretty at a consignment shop. After seeing this post and buying some hot pink glitter-they are something she’s excited to wear.

  16. This is such an awesome idea! I totally may have to steal/try it. I have never seen that before! Please share this on Fabulous Friday so that my readers can see it too!

  17. Hmm i LOVE this I have a pair of flats i might have to try this on!

  18. Katie, these are fabulous! I love the subtle shimmer – just perfect. 😀

  19. No wayyyy!!! SO so cute, so simple, so wonderful—-I ADORE them! Thank you for sharing the “how to part” I am going to have to up-cycle some old flats now! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy
    (and thank you SO much for linking up!!!)

  20. This is so cool…..and so clever…..you did a fabulous job…tfs

  21. Aw, these are so cool! What a great way to embellish them & make them new again! I love all your fun projects–you always do such exciting things here! Thanks so much for sharing at Show & Share!

  22. They turned out GREAT!! This is the perfect tutorial for Halloween too! Instead of going out and buying new glitter shoes for a costume you can make your own!! Thanks for joining last week’s What’s In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow’s party!

  23. So cute! I have some MP with glitter already in the mix, I picked it up at the craft store a week ago. I may revive some of my shoes, too!

    Stopping by from Ohh Baby Link-Up. 🙂

  24. What a cute idea! I can’t wait to dress up my old black flats! I live in the mountains of Vermont, where we don’t often hear about fun trends. Around here it’s mostly jeans and fleece, very little glitz. Let them call me eccentric, LOL, glittered shoes are my next project!

  25. I have a question: Have your shoes peeled? I did a pair and they did, but I think I think I did too many coats (didn’t see your amazing tutorial first!!). Yours look WAY better than mine. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Shawna, My shoes have not peeled. They did crack in one spot where my foot creases the shoe. I did not apply any clear acrylic coat on my shoes after I finished the mod podge mixture. That could be why?

  26. Hi,

    I was wondering, would I be able to purchase your shoes!? I looove what you did!

    Please let me know!
    Jessica 🙂

  27. Thanks for the very easy tutorial. I’ll do this with my kate spade patent /leather that’s already peeling off,its so disappointing to pay so much and then the fabric would peel off after a year…i hope this works! Thanks for the grett idea!

    • Good luck Jenny! I will tell you that after a year of wearing them religiously that the mod podge has started to ware off. Simply apply another coat… and you will be good to go!


  1. […] Glitter doesn’t always have to be bold and crazy (like me) – sometimes glitter is nice when it’s a bit subtle . . . and sophisticated.  That way you can Mod Podge shoes and wear them to a ball without looking like a Las Vegas showgirl.  You know, for all those balls you go to.  Katie from Sew Woodsy decorated these flats, and she used my favorite glitter color (black!).  Katie finished the project one afternoon and wore them out that night.  They have a slight shimmer, and aren’t they fancy?  I think I  need a pair, and you do too.  For the tutorial, go here. […]

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