DIY Glitter Ankle Boots

I am constantly inspired by the things around me, and the wonderful things on the blogosphere. As soon as I spotted these stunning glittery ankle boots on Andrea Linett during a photo shoot for a blogger, I knew I had to have them. After a bit of research, I found them. And then my heart sank because there was no way I was paying $595 for a pair of boots.

My spirits lifted as I realized I could DIY my own pair! I researched some more and discovered that this pair of boots is probably one of the most DIY’ed items in the fashion blog world in recent months. Everyone loves them! There are some amazing results out there and I couldn’t have done it without reading their experiences first (check out the links at the bottom of this post).

A few months went by, and I forgot all about it. Until inspiration hit again, and this time, I was determined to do it right. Instead of scouring thrift shops or hunting down bargain bins, I went for the jackpot. I wanted a pair that looked exactly like it — not just any ol’ pair of booties would do. And then I came across these babies, and I knew I had found my muse. I quickly purchased them, visited my local Michael’s (craft store) and took a deep breath.

I’ve included the instructions in two images so that you can save or Pin them to your Pinterest to refer to later (pinterest button below each). For links to the specific products used, scroll down to the bottom.

diy glitter ankle boot instructions part 1

diy glitter ankle boot instructions part 1

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diy glitter ankle boot instructions part 2

diy glitter ankle boot instructions part 2

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I really couldn’t be happier with the overall finished product. Keep in mind that I went into this willing to shell out $160 on a pair of boots solely because they looked so similar–and they are Sam Edelmans, one of my absolute favorite shoe brands, so I knew they’d be high quality and comfortable. And, man…they are comfortable. They feel like wearing a sock, if that tells you anything. I will probably buy another pair in the future in another color, I love them that much. So excited to wear these with skinny jeans!!



What do you think?

Products used:Aleene’s Jewel-It glue, Mod Podge (Gloss), Sam Edelman suede boots, Martha Stewart fine glitter in Florentine Gold, Creatology loose gold glitter paillettes (not available online, sorry), Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive  (to fix down peeling edges)

Sealing is super important, or you’ll trail glitter everywhere like fairy poop

Overall thoughts: I’m super happy that I used Aleene’s Jewel-It glue, the stuff is amazing–thinner than Mod Podge but way stronger. I could have waited and ordered Aleene’s Leather & Suede glue, but didn’t have the patience. Sealing is super important, or you’ll trail glitter everywhere like fairy poop. I am also glad I had the Fabri-Tac on-hand, because after peeling the tape off at the end, some of the Mod Podge lifted up a little at the edges, but a dot of the permanent adhesive solved that problem instantly. Overall, I’d do it all again the same way if I had to! Super fun and satisfying too!

Check out these similar DIYs: Le Fanciulle, Glitter & Goat Cheese, A Sequin Dress at Breakfast, See Jane

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  1. 12.15.2011 / 12:02 am

    PrettyShinySparkly> DIY Glitter Ankle Boots: I am constantly inspired by the things around me, and th… (#fashion)

  2. 12.15.2011 / 12:02 am

    DIY Glitter Ankle Boots: I am constantly inspired by the things around me, and the wonderful things on the blogo…

  3. 12.15.2011 / 12:15 am

    They turned out really well! You did a great job. Most DIY projects I’ve seen with glitter shoes aren’t so impressive, but your result is fantastic.

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you, M! That’s so sweet of you to say.

  4. 12.15.2011 / 12:18 am

    Those turned out great! Super clever idea 🙂
    Luvv, Leigh B

  5. 12.15.2011 / 12:36 am

    Super cool! I think I already have the exact shoes I want to do this to, hehe! Thank you for the inspiration! 😀

  6. 12.15.2011 / 6:43 am

    Those look amazing! You’re so inspiring. 🙂

  7. 12.15.2011 / 6:45 am

    This is such a fantastic tutorial! I love those Miu Miu glitter boots but really couldn’t take the $800 plunge for them but this is a great idea!

  8. 12.15.2011 / 6:51 am

    WOW these look amazing!! The final product really came out nice

  9. 12.15.2011 / 6:56 am

    Wow, I can’t believe how fabulous those turned out! I sooo want to try it now!

  10. 12.15.2011 / 7:07 am

    These are so beautiful! With the finished result, it’s hard to believe that it was a DIY project; they look like they should actually be in Barney’s! Good job girl! After seeing this, I’m super inspired now to do my own. Can’t wait to see an outfit post featuring these beauties! 🙂

    • 12.15.2011 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you Stephanie – it kinda irks me that they can sell those things for $600 when you know how easily and cheaply they can be made – I’d bet they cost Barney’s Co-Op $80 to make. Grr!

  11. 12.15.2011 / 8:59 am

    These turned out so well! So chuffed to hear the photo of Andrea’s boots inspired you. xx

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I’m so glad you liked them, and thank you for the inspiration. I’m super happy to have found your blog through the photo and look forward to reading more of your lovely posts. 🙂 xo Kristina

  12. 12.15.2011 / 9:23 am

    That’s awesome! I wouldn’t have thought to do that.

  13. 12.15.2011 / 11:21 am

    These are the best glitter DIY shoes I’ve seen! I’m such a perfectionist that I’ve been too afraid to try this for fear it wouldn’t turn out right…but you’re inspiring me to give it a chance!! 🙂

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:01 pm

      Thanks girl – I’m a perfectionist too, which is why I practiced on a pair of gross old turquoise pumps–once I felt confident about that I moved on to the big kahuna!

  14. 12.15.2011 / 1:08 pm

    This is absolutely amazing. Such a fantastic idea!

  15. 12.15.2011 / 1:42 pm

    The end result is fantastic!! I definitely am inspired to DIY!

  16. 12.15.2011 / 1:55 pm

    These are awesome! Perfect for the fashionista.:)

  17. 12.15.2011 / 2:08 pm

    This is such a cool diy, I have to try it!

  18. 12.15.2011 / 2:16 pm

    What a fabulous DIY!!!! Amazing how theBoots Look now! Xo, Christina

  19. 12.15.2011 / 3:16 pm

    This is such a great DIY!! I saw this originally on Anna’s blog (See Jane) and was totally inspired and now seeing your amazing DIY I am inspired all over again! Such a fun boot, and like you say, will be amazing with a pair of skinny jeans! You were brave to try it out on a pair of Sam Edelman’s, but they turned out so, so great and you def won’t regret having them in a quality boot! (SE is one of my all time favorite brands, too!) I love how detailed you were with your products, this will definitely be super helpful if I try this in the future!!

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:03 pm

      I’m wearing them with skinny jeans today!! Isn’t Sam Edelman the best? My closet is filled with a disproportionately large percentage of SE.

  20. 12.15.2011 / 3:52 pm

    so cute! just like the miu miu’s but without the giant price tag!

  21. 12.15.2011 / 3:55 pm

    Just amazing, I can’t wait to try this out 🙂

  22. 12.15.2011 / 4:07 pm

    Kristina… these are amazing! They look SO GOOD!!!!! I would love to have a pair in my closet, what a great idea! I will most definitely be sharing this post/your video when I get a chance (…when I get home from work) 🙂 I just can’t say enough how much I love this!!!!!!

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:03 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Rachel!

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:03 pm

      They look great! xo

  23. 12.15.2011 / 6:31 pm

    By far the best DIY I’ve ever seen! I’m obsessed and I’m now off to find a pair of boots I can do this too! So excited!

    • 12.15.2011 / 7:04 pm

      Aw, you’re makin’ me blush!

  24. nikki
    12.15.2011 / 6:50 pm

    love this. I have a pair of nine west pointed toe high heeled cowboy boots i never wear. DIY glitter sounds like a plan for them. Love your blog. Found you thru your mom 🙂

  25. 12.15.2011 / 6:55 pm

    Great DIY! I’ve seen several glitter shoe DIY projects around the web, but these definitely look the most polished. You’re a brave one for trying them out on $160 shoes, lol. But they turned out fantastic. 🙂

  26. 12.15.2011 / 8:43 pm

    Amazing!!! I’ll have to try this! Yours came out sooo well!!! Can’t wait to see you wear em

  27. 12.15.2011 / 9:19 pm

    oh that’s really great – thanks so much for sharing! they look like the real ones (or even better!) – I also love Sam Edelman Pumps – but well, for someone who just started working after university, not really my price-segment. xxx Anita

  28. 12.15.2011 / 9:50 pm

    They look very professional. Thanks!

  29. 12.15.2011 / 10:12 pm

    YES! you’ve definitely made me want to go out and make a dark chocolate pair of my own! =)

    • 12.16.2011 / 9:07 pm

      Great! Can’t wait to see what you come up with Asia Monique! 🙂

  30. 12.15.2011 / 10:45 pm

    Great holiday shoe idea! RT @prttyshnysprkly: Thanks to @lefanciulle for the helpful DIY post, as I got through my own:

  31. 12.15.2011 / 11:10 pm

    Great holiday shoe idea! RT @prttyshnysprkly: Thanks to @lefanciulle for the helpful DIY post, as I got through my own:

  32. 12.16.2011 / 1:38 am

    Okay, so now I’m dying to try this out. Although, sadly, those pumps are a little out of my budget right now. Still, this would look so professional! I’m going to keep this in mind for future use, just in case there’s some extra money coming my way next year 🙂 Thanks!

  33. 12.16.2011 / 3:34 am

    I love this idea, I’ve been seeing so many people fixing up old shoes & wedges this way too. It it isn’t broke than just glitter it right? You did a great job, I would be forever covered in glitter.

  34. 12.16.2011 / 6:38 am

    Great post! I love your blog 🙂

  35. 12.16.2011 / 7:51 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do this, thank you for such a detailed DIY! I’m going to need a few more supplies, and I can’t wait. I also got my boots at F21 and they are almost identical. Sparkle on!

    • 12.16.2011 / 9:06 pm

      Awesome! Good luck on your DIY 🙂

  36. 12.16.2011 / 8:50 pm

    The blogger See Jane did these as well! They’re such a fun and creative way to jazz up a pair of boots…I’m not much of a DIY-er, but I’d like to try this!

    • 12.16.2011 / 9:06 pm

      Yes, I have her linked along with other glitter boot DIY’s at the end of the post!

  37. 12.16.2011 / 9:15 pm

    Amazing idea!! I’m going to try it! 😀

  38. 12.16.2011 / 11:40 pm

    That is fascinating! I want to try that. First I have to wait until I pay off my credit card bill to buy another pair of shoes.

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  40. 12.18.2011 / 5:26 pm

    That’s AMAZING! You have inspired me to try blinging out similar booties found at that have just been sitting in my closet. Thanks Kristina.

  41. 12.19.2011 / 9:33 am

    I have just discovered your blog 🙂 It is incredible, and this idea is genius! I have an old pair of boots that i’m going to try it out on as they could do with a re-vamp!Can’t wait to read more 🙂


  42. Lilly
    12.21.2011 / 6:31 am

    Wow! Great job. Not even a tiny bit of glitter on the soul or heel. Very impressed!

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    These are so creative!! Glitter is definitely in this season, we have tons of it!

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  47. 01.21.2012 / 4:00 am

    I LOVE the concept! but i tend to drift more towards rounded toe boots then pointed (looks better on my foot and legs) , any suggestions for similar boots with a rounded toe instead?

    • 01.23.2012 / 2:24 am

      did you DIY a pair as well? lovely!

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    Wow I love these boots, I was skeptical at first, mainly because there is nothing worse then sparkles falling off all around you, but great tutorial and with those added curing steps I can’t see that happening! LOVE the boots.

  53. Elaine
    03.12.2012 / 6:54 pm

    Absolutely amazing! Our pastor at church loves bling !!!! I can’t wait to show her this…. and I am going to try on a pair of my shoes – how much fun – thanks very much!!

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  56. Madeline
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  58. 09.20.2012 / 5:06 pm

    Wow, I had no idea you could do that to leather like that! really cool, can’t wait to try it.

  59. 09.24.2012 / 5:26 pm

    LOVE!! gonna do them on black boots and wear them when I speak at High Point Market this year – SUPER great post K!

  60. Emily Paschal
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    Oh I LOVE THESE! I have not been brave enough to try the glitter shoe trend yet but I think I have to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!


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    I have looked for this type of boots for ages! Aldo had them but of course my size was sold out when I tried to purchase them! I will do it myself now that I know how to! 😉