Although I didn’t wait very long to mention it on Twitter, I have yet to announce here that I was (pinch me now!) invited to the exclusive Stylemaker Workshop & Party hosted by Better Home and Gardens in New York City. I had my fingers – and toes – crossed for weeks leading up to the official invites, and nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement when I got the affirmative email. Train tickets have been booked, new business cards have been ordered and I have already planned my outfit for the big day in September. The other to-do list item that I made sure to jump on right away was following the other 49 attendees. It has been so much fun getting to know these new bloggers, and today I’m introducing you to one of them – Sarah, of Sarah Hearts.
Source: Sarah Hearts
When Sarah posted the adorable tutorial for the glitter shoe clips seen above, I just knew that I had to give them a shot myself. Simple to make, but oh-so-cute to put to good use, this project was just begging to be made over and over and over again. But, I’ll tell you right now, my version didn’t come out nearly as beautifully as Sarah’s did – So definitely be sure to click through to her blog for her perfected “Afters,” plus an awesome video documenting the process.
First the supplies:
- Super glue
- Mod Podge
- Foam paint brush
- Heart template
- Craft foam
Now that last one is where I hit a bit of a snag. In Sarah’s video, you’ll see that she used red foam paired with red glitter. This obviously makes perfect sense since any gaps in the glitter would be masked by the matching colored foam underneath. All of this is well and good, if you actually owned red glitter. Which I didn’t. Although I thought I did…So I had to make do with gold glitter in the end, which didn’t do much of a great job in covering, and therefore hiding, the red foam beneath. Live and learn!
After using a pencil to trace out my heart shape, I cut them out and covered each with Mod Podge using the foam paint brush. John even got in on this project, owing to the multiple paint brushes in the photos to follow. After sprinkling on several liberal layers of glitter, we stepped back and let our hearts dry (wow, that sounds depressing) – About 20 minutes or so.
After that, we poured a healthy amount of the Mod Podge right on top of the hearts and spread it out with our foam brushes. Once the Mod Podge dried (I left them alone overnight), it gave the hearts a clear sealant to protect the glitter finish and prevent “shedding,” if you will.
The final step in this process involved Super Glue and, because I had trouble locating shoe clips at the craft store, a couple of giant orange paper clips. Although they definitely don’t look as pretty as Sarah’s real deal, the clips did what they were supposed to. After the adhesive dried, I slipped them right over the top section of my TOMS, and away I went – hearts a’glittering with every step.
Again, be sure to click through to Sarah’s post for the original project and check out her cute video of the process. It’s always helpful to see the steps in real time action versus just photos. I need to get on the video bandwagon, huh?…
Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah!