December 23, 2011

I can’t believe this is my last DIY post of 2011… what a fantastic year! This great DIY project is super easy and perfect for personalized bride shoes, bridesmaids shoes… or for New Years Eve! This can even be done to cover up a heel gone bad…

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Supplies: High heels preferably with a smooth heel area (mine are from Payless), enough “seed” type beads to cover the chosen area, my favorite glue E600, a paint brush that you are willing to throw away, a paper plate and a bowl.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Start by pouring all your beads into a bowl and then putting a large amount of glue onto your paper plate.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Next, very carefully paint a layer of glue onto the smooth part of the heel, I did only one half of the heel at a time. Try to make it as even as you can, this glue does not dry quickly so you have time to work with it. Once you are finished with each glue area on each shoe, throw away your paint brush – you will never get it clean!

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Take a small handful of beads and pour over the wet glue area until it is completely covered in beads. You can pour over another paper plate like I did or newspaper or anything to catch the extra beads. Seed Beads are typically very small beads ranging in many different colors and opacities. I chose a very metallic navy blue, you can use any super small bead for this project.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Gently pat the beads into the glue to secure them. Clean up around the edges by pushing beads back towards the center and fill in any missing spots bead by bead.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Now do the same to the other side… carefully filling in the glue line from the opposite side.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

Once the heel is completely covered, tap beads again to push them gently into the glue. Clean up edges and fill in any missing or light spots, bead by bead – adding glue if necessary.

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

That’s it! Let the beads dry for 48 hours before you wear them!

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

So darn cute and he color possibilities are endless! This could even be your ‘something blue‘!

DIY Beaded High Heels via Something TurquoisePin

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photography: Studio 11 / diy: Jen | Something Turquoise / black pumps: Payless / seed beads, E600 glue, paint brush: Michaels / manicure: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers / pedicure: turquoise & caicos by Essie

13 Responses to “DIY | beaded high heels”

  1. Nora Rose says:

    Adorable! I love this idea! I am currently wearing sparkly platforms, I wonder how DIY beads would stick on the platform section of the shoe.

  2. Mariama says:

    Reblogged this on amoréstiletto and commented:
    Firstly I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Eat lots, party hard, relax and have fun then worry about it in the New Year!

    This has to be one of the most awesome posts ever!! So naturally I wanted to share it with you all – enjoy!

    ‘Tis the season to be joyful and merry!
    Mariama

  3. I love these, especially the color! They look so chic.

  4. Hope you had a great christmas :)

    I just love this project, it’s soo pretty! Imagine iridescent white and clear beads on bridal shoes… The possibilities are endless. Just gorgeous!

  5. Miss Em says:

    I have that exact pair of shoes…they might have the same fate as your lovely pair does! :)

    Emily

  6. Christy says:

    This is amazing. Must. Go. To. Payless. Now! :)

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