Craft Tutorial: Glitter Heart Shoe Clips
Happy March everyone! Today I have a fun and messy project for you. I have been a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood for the past 15 years (wow, didn’t realise it’s been that long since then…), and ever since I saw their ‘Lady Dragon Shoes’ collection I’ve been in love with them.
This is the Lady Dragon Shoes, £120 (photo credit: Vivienne Westwood). My best mate got married in these (but in white version), and yes, they were the talk of the day! The problem was, I already owned a pair that looked exactly the same except for the heart, and no, I didn’t want to spend another £120 for the heart…
Then I found these lovely shoe clips by ban.do (photo credit: ban.do). Yes, I finally found the alternative; shoe clips…!!!
And here comes my version. Ahhhhh, glitter heaven…! So, let’s get cracking, shall we?
- a pair of shoe clips
- tailor’s chalk / pen
- spray glue
- heart stencil
(not in the photo)
- a pair of flat-nose pliers
- hot glue gun
- clear nail polish (use the cheapest one you can get)
You can download the heart stencil from here. There are two versions of hearts for you to choose from; I chose the left, the chubby one.
And for the shoe clips, mine look like these. If your shoe clips are the same type as mine, you can 1) use hot glue, 2) sew it on or 3) tack it on (which I did).
1) Download the heart stencil (from here), print out and cut out. Retrace it four times on a sheet of felt, then cut out the pattern. When cutting out, make two hearts slightly smaller than the stencil.
2) Place the clips on the smaller hearts.
3) Turn them upside down, and bend the prongs of the clips with flat-nose pliers.
4) In a well-ventilated area, spray the glue on the bigger hearts.
5) And glitter them! Make sure you use the spray glue and glitter in a box or plastic bag, otherwise your family will have every reason to hate you :)
6) I did a second coat of glitter (just repeated step 4 &5) so that my hearts won’t be floppy.
7) Gently shake off the excess glitter, and seal the glitter with a clear nail polish. I used more than half a bottle (quite a lot), just in case I won’t loose the glitter on the street.
8) Set aside to dry overnight.
9) Apply hot glue to the smaller hearts (on the prongs’ side).
10) Place them on the wrong side of the bigger hearts, and you’re done!
I might make another pair using spangles instead of glitter (like the ones from ban.do), because these clips are so easy to make!
So, these are my beloved pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes, turning to…
Lady Dragon Shoes :) Maybe I should’ve chosen different colour (gold, maybe?), but I wanted red hearts!
I wanted red hearts for this pair. Aren’t they just darling?
I need some music to dance to!! Oh, I love it when a plan comes together… :)