How to Make Stunning DIY Butterfly Wing Heels at Home

The DIY Designer
by The DIY Designer
10 Materials
2 Hours

Have you seen the Sophia Webster butterfly wing heels? They are absolutely gorgeous and I’m going to show you an expensive way to make your own DIY butterfly heels.

I had a lightbulb moment and figured out a way to create these pretty shoes without them looking cheap or stuck down with glue. I’m so excited to show you how to make butterfly shoes, so let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Shoe with ankle back
  • Crystal trim (optional)
  • Vinyl or plastic
  • Brads (large and small)
  • Butterfly pattern
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Gem glue
  • Fabric glue
Sophia Webster butterfly wing heels

Choosing shoes for the DIY butterfly wing heels

1. Find the perfect heel

In order to make these gorgeous DIY butterfly heels, you need a shoe that has a back part like the one I’m holding up.

Whether it’s a pump, boot, regular strappy sandal, it doesn’t matter; as long as you have a firm backing to the shoe, you’re good to go! 

Measuring the back of the shoe

2. Measure the ankle back

Figure out how long you want your butterfly to be. Don’t make them so large, as that will look too dramatic. For this specific shoe, I went for 4 inches. 

Freehand drawing a butterfly wing

3. Draw the butterfly

Now, mark 4 inches on a piece of paper and draw a butterfly wing within that space. 

Tip: You can either freehand the drawing or download a pattern off the Internet. 

Drawing two ½-inch tab on the butterfly wing

The tabs pictured above are super important. Create a ½-inch tab centered in the top and bottom wing. 

Butterfly pattern for the shoes

Now, cut out your pattern and this is how it should look. 

Cutting the butterfly shape out of fabric

4. Cut the fabric

So, I found this really cool glittery fabric online, and I’ll be using this for my butterfly wing piece. Lay the wing pattern on top of four pieces (you need four wings for each shoe), and cut around. 

The reason why you need four wings is that each wing needs a glittery side and that they mirror each other. 

Gluing the butterfly wings together

5. Glue the wings

Using fabric glue, glue two wings together, wrong sides facing. 

Placing pegs on the wings while the glue dries

Do not glue down the tabs; these should be left untouched. Place pegs on each side of the wing and leave to dry. 

Adding a crystal trim to the butterfly wings

6. Use crystal trim (optional)

I had these sparkly crystal trim accessories from leftover DIYs and I decided to glue them down to the outline of the butterfly. This step is totally optional, though.

How to make butterfly shoes

Remember to use gem glue as fabric glue won’t hold as well. 

Tip: Put little crystals on each end as anchor points. 

Poking holes in the tabs with an awl

7. Poke holes

Take your awl, and poke a hole in the center of every single tab. 

Inserting brads into the butterfly wings

Connecting the wings together

8. Assemble the butterfly wing heels

Take a large brad, and insert it through the top tabs of both wings. The first brad connects the wings together. Also, repeat from the bottom tab. 

Poking holes in the shoe with an awl

Now, figure out the placement of where you’d like to attach your butterflies. It’s best to hold the butterfly up to your shoe and eyeball it. Then, puncture a hole through your shoe with the awl. 

Puncturing the shoe back with an awl

Puncture a hole on top, too, exactly where both brads are placed on the butterfly. 

How to make butterfly heels

Take the butterfly with the brads and push i through each respective hole. Do not bend the ends just yet. 

Attaching the butterfly wings to the shoe

Making DIY butterfly heels

Next, place smaller brads into each tab and use the awl to make a hole in the shoe, too. Also, use the awl to bend them on the other side since they are sharp and small. 

Covering the inside of the shoe with moleskin

Now, close the larger centered brads. Cover the inside of the ankle back with moleskin so that the ends don't hurt you. 

Adding glitter fabric to the shoe straps

I wanted to customize my heels even more, so I added the glitter fabric on the strap, too. 

Trimming the ends of the fabric

Then, take precision scissors and cut the ends accordingly. Make sure it lays just over the side of the shoe. 

How to make butterfly shoes with vinyl

Bonus inspiration

Ok, now that we are done with the glitter DIY butterfly heels version, let’s do something a little funkier! Here, I’m following the same process as above, but with vinyl. 

Making DIY butterfly wing shoes with vinyl

The only difference is, that the vinyl has a protective film that you need to peel off. 

Adding crystal trim to the vinyl butterfly wings

I added the crystal trim to these beauties, too. 

Attaching the vinyl butterfly wings to the heels with an awl

Attaching the butterflies is the same process, too. Just be careful when working with the awl! 

Butterfly wing heels

DIY butterfly wing shoes

DIY butterfly wing heels

DIY butterfly wing heels tutorial

So, what do you think? The hardware on these butterfly wing heels really makes it look legit. It honestly holds everything together and upright without having to mess around with glue that can end up looking tacky.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make butterfly shoes and that you have the inspiration to spruce up your own shoes! Thanks for joining me! 

Suggested materials:
  • Shoe with ankle back
  • Crystal trim (optional)
  • Vinyl or plastic
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  • Michelle Helmeczy Michelle Helmeczy on Feb 21, 2022

    The only problem I see is the metal brads on the inside of the heel area. I would think they'd rub against your heal with every step. Even flattening them down as flat as possible, it's still a sharp edge rubbing against the heel. Did I miss them being covered or ?

  • Sjd50609522 Sjd50609522 on Mar 02, 2022

    It said to cover the brads with moleskin which will stop any discomfort. Moleskin sold in the shoe department.