How to make a Prop 'Glass' Cinderella Slipper (From a Pretzel tub?)

So for Gangshow this year... I was asked to beg borrow steal or make some very... INTERESTING items... one of which is a 'Glass Slipper'... So I knew no-one that I could beg one off... I knew no-where I could borrow or steal one from... So It looked like I would have to make one... I had looked round the shops for some cheep jelly shoes or maybe a seethrough welly boot... but to no avail... so I sat to thinking... and looking at me in my pit of a room.. was an empty (CLEAN!) Pretzel tub that I had been saving to make a sand water filter with my scouts (uh-oh.... It's ok I bought another barrel of Pretzels!)

So well here is my I'ble I hope it inspires... If it does, and you make one I would love to see what you come up with


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Step 1: Ingredients

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Well.. now.. This is all it takes:
  • Large clear plastic tub (I used a Pretzel tub, and a Cashew tub)
  • A shoe to draw arround
  • Newspaper
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • A LOT of patience
  • Pen/ Pencil

Step 2: Make a template of the sole

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Firstly you need to start making the paper templates... Since I work from the bottom up... I started with the underneath of the shoe...

Some people may have made the heel in one complete D shaped section and then glued it to the sole... but i think my method is alot more stable.

Using the straight bottom edge of the paper, line it up to the bottom edge of the heel...
Make a crease where the heel becomes the arch of the shoe (and mark with a pen)
Then you need to draw arround where the arch becomes the sole (and all the way round to the same point on the other side of the shoe

You *SHOULD* end up with a template like that in image two. I have labled the template so you can easilly see what bit is which :) (I'm nice like that)

Cut out the template and put it to one side.

Step 3: Make a template of the heel

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Using a similar process to the last step, you need to make a template of the heel section...

I lined up the straight edges of the newspaper to that of the heel... and drew arround the seam where the heal joins to the leather material... cut out and put to one side

Step 4: FINAL template *phew*

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For this template I drew around the template for the sole of the shoe...


I made sure I drew the bottom template maybe 1/2 of an inch (1.25cm) bigger than that of the sole BECAUSE I want the top of the shoe to arch up like a normal shoe....

Clear as mud?

I also cut a 'lip' in the shoe to give it a Princess slipper sort of look



So if you just want to make a newspaper shoe... then this is your exit...


For those wanting to carry on you will need to construct your template just to make sure it all fits together... I used little pieces of ducttape to hold the seams in place...

If it's not right here make your changes before you move on

Step 6: Heel Shep... now sit!... Good dog

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Now, I'm going to explain the method for cutting out your shapes... I am only goignt o say this once (because I'm lazy okay?!?)

Lay your template ontop of the plastic you are going to cut it out of. (you could if you wanted just hold it down with some tape or tack it... but I found it easy enough to just draw arround

I used a dry wipe pen... BECAUSE... If it's a glass slipper It wouldn't have black pen marks all over it... this way I can rub off the ink whenever I want

I then cut the finished shape out using a craft knife

(mines a 'swiss army pen'... It's rubbish but still awesome)

Step 7: Ain't got no sole Brotha'... Oh no... there it is

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Trace.... Cut... Schimples....

Okay once the sole is cut out... make sure you bend the plastic where the top of the heel becomes the arch of the foot...

Step 8: Foot topper

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Trace and cut....

Step 9: The tedious bit

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RIGHT now to glue it all together

** Don't use too much glue on the seams else you will have to trim it all off again**

I started by glueing the heel onto the heel section on the sole... I blobbed some bigish blobs to hold it in place... then began with a fine line of glue to hold it all together

I then once both sides of the heel had dried, started withthe middle of the toe section (on the foot topper and the sole sections) and glued all the way arround the edges

This is a long and somewhat tedious process... but the end results are fantastic

Step 10: Tidy up

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As you can see from my first picture... I got glue EVERYWHERE... so I trimmed as much of the excess glue off the Glass slipper as possible using my craft knife

Step 11: The snazzy bit

Once everything had dried, and had been neetly trimmed, I sort of realised that the shoe lacked any real WOW factor... SO... using my glue gun, I drew swirly patterns all over to get an effect that looks like the shoe has been carved

Well that's the end of my I'ble... I hope you enjoyed it... please remember to rate it, and comment

Cheerio chaps

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Lynzaykat10 months ago

How much weight do you think it can hold? Will this work for a thinner heel too? So scared it breaks. :O

Biggsy (author)  Lynzaykat10 months ago
Hiya Lyn, this was used as an ornamental prop, i wouldn't reccomend wearing it.it would probably hold a small child?you might just need to put some support in the heel, or perhaps make it abit thicker (layer the plastic?)

sorry i couldnt help more
kisumu2 years ago
thanks alot needed the instructions for my daughters project
Biggsy (author)  kisumu2 years ago
Let me see a picture when you have made one :D
I can't believe you got such great results from such cheap materials. It's really inspiring.
Biggsy (author)  bathsheba_everdene2 years ago
I think I just got lucky :-)k
jediwhiz33 years ago
Biggsy (author)  jediwhiz33 years ago
Thanks :)
propfreaks3 years ago
Yo, Biggs (I say that in all Star Wars lovingness...),

Great tutorial! Wanted to let you know that I reposted this article on my site, www.propfreaks.com. I'm attempting to put a blog and web tv series together about great prop builders, collectors, lovers, etc...

So, anyway check it out and "like" us!

Thanks again - great work.

- @propfreaks
Biggsy (author)  propfreaks3 years ago
Thanks Prop freaks... Let me have a direct link to the article and i'll take a look :) ... It's prop making time of the year here for me... Since the budget is so tight most of the hard to find or expensive items are made of cardboard etc...

I'bles due to be uploaded (when i get time):

Builders hod
Mjolnir Thor hammer
Prop cocktail drinks
Prop cakes
and a 1950's type press camera....
sgoodman-14 years ago
Silly question, but are they wearable?
Biggsy (author)  sgoodman-14 years ago
not in the current state, but i suppose if you strengthened the heel somehow, added a thicker sole, used different glue, then yes maybe.

Your best bet is probably to use a thicker plastic and heat form them using some sort of template.

calicos4 years ago
This instructable is so cool! Everytime I think I've seen it all on this site, something like this pops up! I cannot wait to make this with my daughter - she is a Cinderella freak as well as a great-geek! (what better combination could you ask for!) Thank you for this instructable! I love, love it!

Oh, and to those who popped in with the history of the 'real' Cinderella fur vs glass shoe/slipper - hey, I loved the info! There was no dissing that I saw; I'm always happy to learn bits of info like that (call me Cliff, er, Cliffette?) and I only think it adds to the fun, I don't think it takes anything away from it. Some people are rude when making those comments, I don't see that here.

Anyway again, GREAT instructable!!!!
Biggsy (author)  calicos4 years ago
Thanks let me asee what you come up with
Pyrocantha4 years ago
Impressive! Probably more comfy than glass,too!
Biggsy (author)  Pyrocantha4 years ago
hehehe i doubt that
very cool. I thought you were going to vacuum mold it around the real shoe somehow. I like the way you did it.
I wonder if you could make these wearable somehow.

And now you have a glass slipper for other prop masters to beg, borrow, or steal. :)
Biggsy (author)  domestic_engineer4 years ago
hehehe aren't others so lucky? ;)

I don't have a vacuum forming device... I would love one though, as it would make things like Easter and such very easy (custom Easter eggs and such)

As for making it wearable, if you used a strong perspex and perhaps heat formed it then you would be along the right lines...
micaours4 years ago
cinderella (cendrillon in french) had no glass slipper but a fur slipper, the mistake come from a bad translation beetwen "verre" (glass in french) and "vaire" (old and forgotten way to say fur in french), the two words are prononce the same way. tjhe original text is "vaire" and not "verre".
okay, I for one, love to hear about the ways words have been mistranslated and then passed along. I do not take it as a 'diss' of the project, which is mahvellous, Darling! really so good.At first I thought the shoe was huge - not sure why- which seemed humourous, but it appears it's shoe-sized. grand.

I like the idea of a fur shoe, also, and we should not resist the truth, but embrace it. :-)

this is quite a bit off-topic perhaps, though it circles around; but "okay"
comes from the french aux quais , which is what would be said about goods that were good to ship: meaning "to the quay"

i would say this project is OKAY!

Biggsy (author)  micaours4 years ago
I don't see why that's relevant here? Most people know Cinderella and the glass slipper and so that is what I made, it is also what I was asked to make on my Prop list

Should that then not be... "hey Biggsy, nice I'ble you have got here [insert some constructive criticism here]"

It's a fairy tale, and being a kind of folk art if it changes in popular use than it's a new version. You can't have a "wrong" version of a folk story.
I suggest you read it again and point out to me where Micaours says this version is "wrong". It is only stated that this version came from a misconception in history.
Biggsy (author)  PaulMakesThings4 years ago
Eirinn Biggsy4 years ago
There's nothing negative in micaours comment at all, nothing that says that this is wrong or somehow inappropriate. He/she is merely stating a fact, whether or not you choose you take it as a negative comment is entirely up to you.

It is a fact relating to the fairy tale the shoes you made is from and hence i can't see how much more relevant it could be. For one i found it interesting as i didn't know it in the first place.

When that is said - that's some very nice looking shoes.

Here is the real scoop on YOUR fairytale :)
Pretentious much?
mommatouy4 years ago
Love this! As far as comment on fur/glass slipper... Does it really matter? I mean really... It's a fairy tale.. Just say AWESOME job Biggsy and move on.
Biggsy (author)  mommatouy4 years ago
Thanks matey :D
CoffeeWoman4 years ago
You just totally made my day (to make costumes/props with little or no budget)... I'm just trying to figure out how to make them wearable (briefly, of course)... How sturdy is the vamp, roughly? Perhaps using a lucite block for the heel, it could be worn? Awesome, 'ible!!!
Biggsy (author)  CoffeeWoman4 years ago
well, If you perhaps had a proper shoe template then you could get the right size, maybe if you used a perspex sheet and heat moulded it?... I'm not sure mate... they're not very strong at all, but well im glad you liked it :)
Amazing. Gus and Jaq would be so proud =)
For those who don't know, Gus and Jaq are Cinderella's mice =)
Biggsy (author)  cdawisconsin4 years ago
lol glad you like ti
farzadbayan4 years ago
Really great & awesome !
Biggsy (author)  farzadbayan4 years ago
hehe thanks
canida4 years ago
Wow, with the hot glue that looks great!

I was wondering if you were going to heat-shrink the pretzel tin over your shoe mold, but this looks much easier.
Biggsy (author)  canida4 years ago
I suppose if you had a vacuum shrink machine that would work also.,.. but there would still be some seam glueing... I don't have access to one of those machines so this was CERTAINLY alot easier
bruno130694 years ago
The swirled effect helps to hide any possible overgluing on the edges.
Very nice looking Cinderella slipper!
Biggsy (author)  bruno130694 years ago
Yeah, it doesn't hurt to trim the edges though
happyjo4 years ago
So creative! :D
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