3 Easy Ways You Can Make Cute & Unique DIY Embellished Heels

10 Materials
10 Minutes

Guess what? It’s time to give your heels a makeover. That’s right, makeovers aren’t just for the face. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make DIY embellished heels in three different ways. We’re going to take those plain shoes and add some personality to them with these DIY techniques.

Tools and materials:

  • Strappy heels
  • Pearl stickers
  • Glue
  • Tweezers
  • Laced bootie heels
  • Glitter
  • Foam brush
  • Heels
  • Fabric 
  • Scissors

Pearly heels

Gluing pearl stickers onto heel straps

1. Decorate the straps

Start off by decorating the straps of your heels with some pearly 3D stickers, using glue to apply them.

Here, we have made a line of larger pearl stickers, leaving a small and even gap in between each of them. Beneath, you can proceed to make another line, this time using slightly smaller stickers and placing them in the gaps below.

Applying embellishments to the heel back

2. Decorate the backs of the heels

Once done, continue to decorate the backs of the heels. Here, we placed a large pearl sticker in the center and two smaller ones on either side at the top.

Again, use some glue to stick the pearl stickers on, and you can also use tweezers to hold them in place if that helps.

How to customize your high heels

Here are the finished heels.

How to customize your high heels with pearls

The pearl stickers add some really fancy detail to these heels, elevating them and making them look ultra-stylish and sophisticated.

Glitter heels

Applying glue to the bootie

1. Apply glue

Take a pair of bootie heels and apply some glue with a foam brush to the fabric part.

Pouring gold glitter over the glue

2. Add glitter

Once done, pour glitter onto the part where you just placed the glue and pat it on so that it sticks. Repeat this process on the other shoe. Then just brush away any stray bits of glitter from anywhere else on the shoes.

Glittery shoe makeover DIY

Here are the finished shoes. Watch them twinkle and sparkle as you walk!

Fabric heels

Applying glue to the shoes

1. Apply glue to the shoes

For the last makeover look, start by brushing glue onto a section (not all) of your heels with a foam brush.

Cutting around the excess fabric

2. Stick on fabric

Then, lay some fabric on top of the glued section and press it down. Once done, cut around the glued-down part of the fabric to remove the excess.

How to customize high heel shoes

3. Repeat

Repeat these first two steps all around the shoes - first gluing a section and then laying the fabric on top and cutting off any excess.

Folding and gluing stray pieces of material

4. Finish off

Finish off by neatening up the shoes. Fold any bits of material sticking out at the top inside the shoes and glue them down.

DIY embellished heels

Here are the finished heels! We have completely transformed them from a pair of plain cream heels to a gorgeous patterned pair with a black and gold design.

DIY embellished heels

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make DIY embellished heels. If you’ve never customized your high-heeled shoes before, hopefully now you’ll have the inspiration and confidence to do so.

Let me know which upstyle was your favorite in the comment below.

Suggested materials:
  • Strappy heels
  • Pearl stickers
  • Glue
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  • Gwyn Dean Gwyn Dean on Nov 26, 2021

    I almost forgot this question. What glue did you use for the pearl strap heels?

    • Central Florida Chic Central Florida Chic on Nov 27, 2021

      Hi Gwyn! I did not spray it before applying fabric. Also I used a small tube of super glue for the pearls. Hope this helps!

  • Charlotte Charlotte on Dec 01, 2021

    Love the idea of redesigned heels. What kind of glue did you paint on the shoe and what was the material tha didn’t wrinkle as you placed it on the shoe?

    • Central Florida Chic Central Florida Chic on Dec 02, 2021

      Hi Charlotte, so glad you like this idea! I used mod podge for the glue and a cotton fabric. However, I think most fabrics will work and not wrinkle! Hope this helps!