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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tinkerbell Shoes Tutorial (sorta)

Sophie is going to be Tink for halloween, so I made her some matching shoes to go with her costume... find the tutorial for the costume here.

Here's how I made the shoes:

What you'll need:

Old pair of ballet flats
Paint (optional)
Mod Podge
Tape (also optional)
2-1.5 inch white pom poms
Elastic Thread
Needle with large enough eye for the elastic thread
(I used a yarn needle cause that's what was handy)
Hot Glue Gun
(depending on the way the shoe is made...mine have a strap and holes so I made it so that I can remove the pom pom, but you could always just glue them on if this isn't an option for you) 

First, wipe the shoes clean.  I taped the soles of my shoes just because sometimes I am OCD like that but it's really not nessacery.  Then, if your shoes are a different color than the glitter you are using, paint as many coats as you need to get the desired color following the instructions on your paint.  I used some acrylic because I already had it on hand and it seems to have worked pretty well. 

Anyway, I painted two coats on my shoes and let them dry...well actually, I was impatient and used a blow dryer to speed the process, but ya' know...  I actually think they would have been pretty cute with one more coat of paint, and Sophie loved them as is but I was determined that my little Tink was going to have sparkly shoes!

Next, apply the mod podge.  You want to use a good amount.  I mean, don't glob it on. You want a smooth, even coat, but you definitely don't want to be stingy with it!  I started out with a really light coat at first and the glitter wouldn't cover the shoe and when I would put some more on (mod podge) so that I could put more glitter, all the glitter would come off on my paintbrush.  It really stuck once I started using a thicker coat.  (Sorry no pics of this hands where way too glittery at this point to use the camera!)  

Now, if you are making detachable pom poms instead of gluing them on, using about an 8" piece of elastic thread and thread it through the center of each pom pom. 

Then, go back through to the other side and tie the ends of the thread together left over right.  Then, right over left or vice versa...just so you do it opposite the second time.  This will keep your knot from slipping.  So that it made a little loop like this...

You can barely see the elastic thread loop but that is what you want.  I am going to slide the elastic thread under the strap at the front of the shoe and then loop it around the pom pom.  That way I can take it on and off.  

Once your first coat of Mod Podge is dry, mix about three parts mod podge to one part water in a spray bottle, and basically soak the shoes in it.  I put the nozzle right up on the shoes (I'd say about a half inch away), let it dry then repeated 2-3 more times to be sure the glitter was sealed on the shoes well.

Here's how they turned out:

Oh! I almost forgot.  They were a little too big so I just pulled the insoles (I think that is what they are called) out, traced them on a piece of felt (the really thick kind that you buy off the bolt...not the thin stuff that comes in 8 x 11 sheets) and cut the felt out and put the cutouts in the shoe then put the insoles back in on top of the felt to make the inside a little more snug. You might need to cut more than one pair.  I guess it just depends on how loose the shoe is.  These almost fit Sophie.  They were just about a half size too big.  

Here are some pics of her wearing them:

Sophie loves her "sprinkle" (her word for glitter) shoes!

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BlondieBlueEyes said...

They are SO SO CUTE and Perfect for Tinkerbell.

Jill said...

These are soo cute! I wonder if you could have found something clear to seal them with that wouldn't affect the sparkly ness of the glitter. They look super awesome and Sophie definitely loves them (which is the most important part!!)

Cap Creations said...

How Cute!

Bree, Home of Blogmania said...

My daughter is in LOVE with tinker bell right now...great idea :)-

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a great idea for Tinkerbell shoes. When my daughter was Tinkerbell she just wore some cheapie shoes! Great job! Joni

mydolly said...

So cute! great job!

TidyMom said...

how ADORABLE!!!!
Thanks for linking up! Have a fantastic weekend!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a smartie you are! Love those little shoes!

Here from Tidymom!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Too cute~! My 16 yr old did something similar last year for her Tink costume. :)

Rhonda said...

Super cute! I glittered some red heels for a Dorothy costume a couple of years ago. Mine were basically glittered with spray adhesive and it didn't turn out that great after wearing them.

AllieMakes! said...

I invite you to come this this up at my Making It Linky Party!

April said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! Jill: I used the mod podge gloss as glue and sealer. I don't know if you can tell from the pics but it dried clear when I did the topcoat and they are still quite sparkly...and the glitter all stayed on even after having four girls 4 and under playing with them all night tonight.

Silver Daisies said...

Those are adorable! Love the tutorial, I might have to make some for me! ;)

Janet said...

These are so stinkin' cute!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

So cute!! My daughter would love these!!!
Jennifer said...

Love these. My 4 year old would love them! How do I add your button to my blog? I am o new to blogging I don't even know that yet! I tried and only got a link but in text only with out the cute button. Thanks! I am at

Kate Pettrey said...

I posted a link to your shoe tutorial - it is rediculously cute! Please let me know if you want me to change or delete it - I'm new to the blogging world and don't know all the rules yet :) Thanks for a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Thankz for the idea.. My daughters birthday is all tinkerbell and i wanted to dress her up. But i didn't want her to just wear the thin rag shoes used for costumes. Very creative

Jeffrey said...

I've never used modge podge before, do you put the glitter on before or after the modge podge application? BTW - awesome tutorial!

April said...

@ Jeffrey Thanks! you apply the mod podge then the glitter... let it dry then I suggest doing a couple more coats of mod podge to seal it...just make sure you let it completely dry in between coats...hth!

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