How to Make Unique Glitter Sneakers

by Sophiesophss
8 Materials
3 Hours

Today, I am going to show you how to create custom glitter sneakers. I keep seeing these glitter customs floating around the internet and I wanted to try it out myself. I love how the shoes turned out so I thought it would be a great idea to show you how to customize sneakers and make your own DIY glitter shoes.

You guys might be wondering if these are going to be durable and if the glitter is going to keep coming off on everything. Do not worry, I have you covered! I am going to show you how to lay the glitter on and seal it in.

Without further ado, let’s learn how to make glitter shoes.

Tools and materials:

  • White sneakers 
  • Painter’s tape
  • Acrylic leather paint
  • Fine grain glitter
  • E6000 clear glue
  • E6000 clear spray adhesive
  • Acetone
  • Modge Podge clear sealer
Taped shoes

1. Tape off the shoes

Prepping is an extremely important step. I started with my plain white shoes and taped off the areas that I do not want to get any glitter on.


Cleaning the shoes

2. Clean the shoes

Use acetone to clean the surface where we will apply the glitter.


Painting a base coat

3. Paint a base coat

The key to this gold glitter sneaker custom is layering, this will ensure everything sticks together nicely. 

Begin by painting a gold base coat across the entire surface. We are going to paint multiple layers of our gold base until the surface is fully pigmented. You will end up applying about 8 or 9 coats. 


Creating the glitter mix

4. Make the glitter mixture

The next thing we're going to do is mix our neutral leather paint with fine-grain glitter.

Don't worry about measurements, go ahead and eyeball it, just make sure you add more glitter than you do paint. Mix them together well.


How to add glitter to the shoes

5. Apply the glitter mixture to the shoes

You can now start applying the mixture to the shoe. You will need to apply multiple coats to get all the glitter to patch together and give you a nice even finish. Use a heat gun between each coat.


Gold glitter added to sneakers

This looks pretty good, but it isn’t the finish that we're going for. We want something a little bit more dramatic and way more sparkly.

Laid-out paper

6. Lay down paper

Lay two pieces of paper onto your working surface because, from this point on, things are going to get messy.

Applying glue

7. Apply clear glue

Apply a thin and even layer of E6000 clear glue onto the shoe.

Adding glitter to sneakers

8. Sprinkle glitter on top of the glue

Then, sprinkle your glitter on top of the glue. Make sure there are no large clumps in the glue before laying the glitter on top.

It is a good idea to work in sections as the glue dries quickly.

Tapping shoe

Turn the shoe over the paper and give it a few taps to get the excess glitter off.


Pouring leftover glitter into container

Pour the leftover glitter back into the container before starting the next section.

Now, carry on painting each section with the glue and pouring glitter on top.

First layer of DIY glitter sneakers

The first layer should look like this once you are finished.

Spraying glue

9. Spray glue onto the shoes

This second layer is going to be a little different. Instead of the clear gel, we are going to use a spray adhesive.

We are doing this because the glitter from the previous layer hasn't totally set in yet, so if we used our paintbrush and glue, we would create holes and clumps in our previous finish.

Spray the glue onto the shoes.

Adding glitter

10. Sprinkle glitter on top of the glue

Mixing sealant

11. Mix together a sealant

The last thing we're going to do is create our sealer to secure the glitter and prevent it from coming off.  

Mix equal parts of Modge Podge, water and glitter in a container. The consistency of the mix should be on the watery side.

Applying glitter sealant to sneakers

12. Apply the sealant to the shoe

Apply two coats of this mixture to your shoes.

You will notice the shoes turning white when the mixture is wet, but it will go back to normal once dry.

Once you are finished with your two layers, take your shoes outside and let them dry for a few hours.


Removing tape

13. Remove all the tape from your shoes

Once dry, you can remove the tape from your shoes.


Completed DIY gold glitter sneakers

The glitter should now be sealed in. 


Completed glitter sneakers DIY

Glitter sneakers DIY

These are the finished glitter sneakers. They are so cute and sparkly and really make a statement.

I’m looking forward to hearing if anyone tries this custom out! Please do, it is so worth it.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out my post on How to Create Awesome Multicolor Sneakers.

Suggested materials:
  • White sneakers
  • Painter’s tape
  • Acrylic leather paint
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