Introduction: Glitter Trainers/Sneakers
There are a lot of 'how to glitter' tutorials out there - thought I'd add mine to the pile.
I've got some Vans that glitter and shimmer in such a beautiful way that I'll be sad to see them worn out, so I'm pre-empting their demise and making some replacements!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
As well as some cheap and cheerful canvas shoes you'll want:
Brush you can get gluey and glittery,
Acrylic paint of your colour choice - I went with silver,
Paper to sprinkle glitter over,
Coloured shoe laces,
Glitter - I used two pots of the size pictured, always buy more than you think you'll need as you may never find an exact match if you run out!
Step 2: Paint Them Shoes
Glitter has no solid colour to it, so you will be able to see the colour of your shoes originally through the glitter. Hence I painted mine silver first.
It's a fairly rough job and doesn't have to be perfect, but try at least to stay within the lines :)
Step 3: Glue, Glorious Glue!
I used waterproof PVA on these shoes. It means I know my shoes will last through a rain shower, whereas normal PVA is pretty susceptible to moisture.
I was pretty generous in my coating as I really wanted my glitter to stick well. It dries clear.
Step 4: Sprinkle That Glitter!
Evenly coat your entire shoe with glitter. Do this slowly over the top of some pre folded paper or card.
Once you've used the entire pot you can pick up your card, refold it and pour the glitter back into the pot for use again.
Gently pat down the glitter with your fingers to ensure it's properly stuck to the glitter, then tap and shake the shoe onto the card once more to get any loose glitter off.
Step 5: Make It Stay
The trick to not leaving glittery footsteps everywhere you go is more glue!
Before you get to this step though, don some old socks you don't mind getting gluey or glittery - all will be explained.
Cover the entire shoe in another generous but even layer of waterproof PVA. Don't worry - it will dry clear.
Put the shoes on your feet to dry. No crazy movements for an hour, and maybe a toilet trip before you put them on is in order!
This glue shrinks as it dries.
I discovered this the hard way when I shrunk some shoes to a painful extent and now I can't wear them.
Step 6: They're Dry!
The thing about shoes in the shops is they're made with glitter material, rather than being coated post-stitching.
I found these shoes looked a little odd without any form of detailing, so I took my paint pen and added some lines back in.
I just carefully drew over the top of the bumps I could see in the shoe.
Last, but not least, punch out lace holes, that got glued over, with your craft knife.