craft, Kids, repurpose

Glitter Shoes Upcycle

Each day I hear many things over and over since I have three kids 5 and under. Besides, “I love you,” my favorite thing I hear each day (multiple times a day) from my middle child Bella is, “I’m going to be a great doctor someday momma.” My sweet girl loves the Disney show Doc McStuffins. Because of this show she talks about being a doctor all the time. I get my temperature “taken” (with her hand and fake thermometer) a few times a day, and I’ve been diagnosed with many crazy sounding illnesses. Her bedside manner is so sweet since during each exam she lets you cuddle her teddy bear and some prescriptions include kisses and chocolate πŸ™‚

This year as part of a Christmas present I’m working on for my sweet four year old doctor I wanted to make some glitter shoes for her just like her hero Doc McStuffins wears. They are a fuchsia color glitter so finding and buying some would likely be tough and expensive. So I went through old shoes Katie can no longer wear and will be passing down to Bella soon and found these.


The one on the left is already cleaned with a bleach scrubbing cleaner around the rubber parts to spruce the shoes up a bit for her. Then I used purple paint with textile medium in it so that it would stay on fabric to paint over the cute anchors. I thought a similar base color would help me cover the shoes better.



Next I got out some mod podge (I used the gloss-lustre kind) and fuchsia ultra fine glitter. I mixed it in a disposable plastic cup so I could throw the cup away when I was finished. I used about 2 Tablespoons of mod podge and 1 teaspoon of ultra fine glitter. I actually had left over, so this was plenty for a pair of children’s shoes.



This is after the shoes on the left had one coat of glitter mod podge.


I continued to paint one coat after another until each shoe looked well covered. This took about 5 coats for me.



I loved the results and I’m sure my cute little doc will be thrilled with her “new” glitter shoes. Since I had everything on hand it only cost me one nap’s worth of time. As a thrifty mom that is my favorite price πŸ™‚ if you see my girl before Christmas please don’t mention these. I only have a short time more of being able to post without worry she will see it in advance! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚


4 thoughts on “Glitter Shoes Upcycle”

  1. Thanks so much for posting how to make Doc shoes. This is exactly what I was looking for. You are so creative! Thanks!

  2. You have done a wonderful job! I found some cheap canvas shoes for my almost 2 year old on Friday for $4.00 at Kmart. I’m going to attempt to follow your tutorial to make her a pair of Doc Mcstuffins shoes for her 2nd birthday party. May I ask what colour the acrylic paint was- fuschia also?

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