Thursday, December 18, 2014

{DIY} Saint Laurent Glitter Boots

Around this time last year, I stumbled upon a pair of purple glitter boots at Kohl's (that were only $8 mind you) and for whatever reason, did not purchase them. It was one of those things that made sense at the moment and then I couldn't stop thinking about six months later. After I saw Saint Laurent's fall 2014 version, the regret became life threatening. Lucky for me (and lucky for you) this was all easily fixed with a pair of cheap boots, Mod Podge, and hot pink glitter.

What you need:

❤ A pair of boots (mine are from ZooShoo)
Mod Podge in Matte Finish
Mod Podge Sealer in Matte
❤ ~1 oz of loose glitter (I recommend more if your shoe size is larger than an 8. I used a mix of Creatolgoy Petal Pink and Aubergine)
Painter's Tape
Sponge Brush
❤ Container with a cover (or something easily covered with saran wrap
❤ Popsicle stick

Total Time: About half a day.
Total Cost: ~$30 (depending on the type of boots you purchase)

This isn't the cheapest DIY, but compared to the $1100 price tag on the Saint Laurent's, $30 is kind of a steal! The actual cost of the creative materials is pretty low. Its in the footwear where your cost will vary. You can probably get a better price on boots during the off season or if you already have a pair that you've grown tired of.

Step 1: Mask! Mask! Mask!
Using your painter's tape, mask off any areas that you don't want glitter on. I left a small strip of black on my heel for effect, but if that isn't something you're into, you can just cover the soles. For the curved areas, its easiest to tear of little pieces and angle them in, opposed to trying to match the outline of the sole with one strip.

Step 2: Mix! Mix! Mix!
Dump the loose glitter into your container first. Then slowly pour in small amounts of Mod Podge, stirring between pours. You want to pour enough so that the mixture is liquid like, but the glitter is evenly suspended. I ended up using about a 1/6 of the bottle.

Step 3: Paint! Paint! Paint!
No, really. You will be doing a lot of painting. Once your glitter mixture is all set, you're going to slather it on to the boots. And then you're going to slather more on. And more on. It took about 3 layers (and 1 touch up one) of glitter to get my desired effect. However many layers you need will depend on the size of glitter that you use. The great thing about this DIY is that you don't have to worry about even coats. Glob it on! Though, not too thick, or you'll be waiting forever for each layer to dry. Your boots are going to look like Elmer's got drunk and puked all over them, and your house is going to smell like it too--so make sure you work in a well ventilated area. Be careful around the areas near the painter's tape. If the glitter is too thick, you'll end up either peeling off your glitter or sealing your painter's tape in forever. It takes a while for each layer to dry, so give yourself at least half a day to complete this project. Try not to be impatient and really wait for each layer to dry before putting on the next. You won't be able to see the full extent of your progress until the Mod Podge is completely dry. The first layer goes fast, but by three and four, you're looking at a 2-3 hour dry wait time. *Tip:* Layer 4 was more of a touch up layer for me. I just eye balled areas that I thought needed more glitter, globbed it on and then brushed out the edges to keep things smooth.

Step 4: Spray! Spray! Peel!
After your boots have fully dried (I actually waited until the next day to do this step, but a few hours after your last layer should be adequate time), seal your creation with the Mod Podge Matte sealer. It takes about 15 minutes for the first coat to dry and then spray again! These boots should be nicknamed the Waiting Game boots (so ModCloth right there). After the second coat has dried (and I promise you this is the last time), carefully peel off the painter's tape.

Step 5: Strut your bad self!

Easy peasy no? Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! This is a great (and fairly inexpensive way) to make a gift for the glitter lover in your life. Which is where these little pink booties area headed. But since this was such an easy DIY, I may or may not have made a pair for myself. (Self-Christmas, its a thing ;) If you decide to create your own pair, let me know. I've love to see how they turned out.

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks for reading.



  1. Did the glitter come off or crack with wear?

    1. Unfortunately it did! I haven't been able to figure out a better solution yet, so I've had to convert my beautiful boots into display only before the cracking got too bad. Let me know if you have any improvement ideas!