Up-cycled Shoes : The Tutorial…

Take some plain boring shoes and make them into Party, Wedding guest, Cruise, cocktail party, or just cheer me up shoes..

Thanks to everyone who commented on my up-cycled shoes I posted last week. If you missed it you can see it here~ Up-cycled shoes .

As a few of you have been asking how I achieved this look I thought I would do a tutorial 🙂

You will need ~

  • Some shoes you never wear (just in case they don’t turn out how you would have liked!!)
  • 2 different styles of ribbon
  •  I used 18 inches of plain and 18 red polka dot for toe bows x2
  • 22 inches of plain and 22 inches of polka dot for heel bows x2
  • Good quality glue ( modge podge is suppose to be the best but I never had any when up-cycling these ( I do have some now so will let you know how my next ones turn out)


  • Some pinking shears to cut your bows so not to fray.
  • Newspaper to place on flour to catch the glitter and glue
  • plastic gloves for glueing
  • Pegs for holding things together when the glue is drying

What to do~

  1. Make up all the 4 bows for the front of the shoes. 
  2. I used 18 inches of plain ribbon x 2, 18 inches of patterned ribbon x 2.
  3. Slightly loosen the plain bow and slide the patterned bow under the knot, pull tight again.
  4. Repeat this with the other front bows.
  5. Place a blob of good quality glue under the knots and down the ribbon to hold both ribbons together.
  6. Place plastic pegs on the ribbons where you have glued them to hold the ribbons together and set aside to set.
  7. Repeat with the back bows, I used 22 inches of ribbons for longer bows.
  8. Brush some glue on the heels of your shoes covering little areas at a time.
  9. Place some paper underneath to catch the glitter.
  10. Sprinkle the glitter over the glued area.
  11. Then repeat.
  12. Use the glitter that is on the paper, every other time to make sure no glitter is wasted.
  13. A good glue like Modge Podge is best for this as it glues and seals if you buy the right one. 
  14. I did not have any at the time but will now be sealing the glittered heels so not to loose any of it when walking.
  15. Leave the heels to dry.
  16. One the heels and bows are dry place the bows on the shoes.
  17. Place glue all over the backs of the bows and stick to the shoes.
  18. Clip the pegs over the bows to hold in place until set.

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  1. MamaMummyMum
    19th January 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Great idea, thanks for the tutorial x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22nd January 2014 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Corinne
    19th January 2014 / 6:49 pm

    These are adorable! What a lovely idea =)Corinne xwww.skinnedcartree.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22nd January 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  3. Joanna Pabel
    19th January 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Great idea!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22nd January 2014 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks Joanna 🙂

  4. Tas D
    21st January 2014 / 8:33 am

    Fab idea. They look so funky!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22nd January 2014 / 10:16 pm

      Ha, thank you 🙂

  5. About JollyJilly
    21st January 2014 / 9:03 am

    What a great idea I'm showing my daughter she would love it!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      22nd January 2014 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks for the comment, my daughter loves them 🙂

  6. Vicki Psarias
    21st January 2014 / 10:39 am

    What a fab upcycling of heels! About to upcycle a chaise longue for our new place, getting a pro in but will be helping design! Visiting from #allaboutyou honestmum.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 7:56 pm

      Whoo I bet it will be great, hope you get to blog about it ? 🙂

  7. Morgan Prince
    21st January 2014 / 11:05 am

    They look so awesome. I wish I had the confidence to wear vibrant and wild shoes. :)#AllAboutYou

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you, I need somewhere fun to go now, to wear them 🙂

  8. Zarouhi Zaz
    21st January 2014 / 12:23 pm

    Absolutely Fantastic! I love these, and also really love the idea of upcycling rather than chucking things out or buying new unnecessarily. Good job, and great tutorial, thanks so much for linking up with #AllAboutYou – and hope you can be back next week! Off to tweet this now xMama-andmore.com

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:15 pm

      Aww thank you, ill be back next week 🙂

  9. Studio Kaufmann
    21st January 2014 / 2:44 pm

    What an amazing tutorial! I will give this a whirl. There's life in the old shoes yet. Linking up with #AllAboutYou

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:16 pm

      Haha yes there is 🙂 thanks for the comment 🙂

  10. mother.wife.me
    21st January 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I am so in awe of you, maybe one day I will be able upcycle shoes and make them look so wonderful. Thanks so much for linking up to #AllAboutYou, just off to pin this to the #AllAboutYou Pinterest Board

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:19 pm

      Aww thank you, thanks for the party too 🙂

  11. Kezzie
    22nd January 2014 / 1:39 am

    So easy but so super looking!! X

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Kezzie, I'm glad you found the tutorial 🙂

  12. Katie Portman
    22nd January 2014 / 1:35 pm

    What a brilliant idea! As a high heel lover, I am most definitely a fan of this idea. Upcycled shoes? Genius idea!You've inspired me. Thanks so much. #AllAboutYou

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd January 2014 / 8:22 pm

      Aww thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

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