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.

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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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  • Sarah

    Those look amazing! You’re so inspiring. :)

  • Emily

    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!

  • Asia

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

  • Cassi

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

  • Stephanie

    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! :)

    • Kristina

      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!

  • the style crusader

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

    • Kristina

      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

  • Rachel Tatem

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

  • Penny Pincher Fashion

    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!! :)

    • Kristina

      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!

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  • Call me M @ DoYouSpeakGossip?

    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.

    • Kristina

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

  • Leigh

    Those turned out great! Super clever idea :)

    Luvv, Leigh B

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  • Lili @ Relatable Style

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

  • Jess

    This is absolutely amazing. Such a fantastic idea!


  • Neris

    they turned out amazingly! need to try this soon :)


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  • Chelsea

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

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  • Alicia

    Super super cool!! Love the whole idea! & lol @ fairy poop!! Your are great!


  • The Crafty Wify

    These are awesome! Perfect for the fashionista.:)

  • Melissa

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

  • Christina

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

  • Kate

    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!!

    • Kristina

      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.

  • whitney

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

  • Cymone

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

  • Rachel

    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!!!!!!

    • Kristina

      Aw, thank you so much Rachel!

  • Andi

    I made some glitter shoes the other day! Such a fun and easy project!

    • Kristina

      They look great! xo

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  • 2Anchor

    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!

    • Kristina

      Aw, you’re makin’ me blush!

  • nikki

    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 :)

  • Kendra @ Closet Confections

    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. :-)

  • Josie

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

  • Anita

    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

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  • Rebecca Kelsey

    They look very professional. Thanks!

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  • Asia Monique

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

    • Kristina

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

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  • Lauren (BestTrendz)

    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!

  • Raquel

    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.

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  • Melody

    Great post! I love your blog :)

  • http://makeupbymara Mara

    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!

    • Kristina

      Awesome! Good luck on your DIY :)

  • HRCK the Herald

    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!

    • Kristina

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

  • Chesley

    Amazing idea!! I’m going to try it! :D

  • Helen

    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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  • Natasha @OneWomansStyleEvolution

    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.

  • Sonia

    SO impressed by your video-making skills!

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  • Fiona

    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


  • Lilly

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

  • Becky @ blahblahbecky

    Great job hun, these look amazing!

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  • For Elyse

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

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  • Kara

    These came out so good! I love that these glitter boots were an instant obsession with bloggers and sparked so many great DIYs. I made these also, check it out here:

    xx Kara

  • Elite Model Barcelona

    J’adore J’adore J’Adore !! Best idea eeeevvveerrr !!

    Congrats , that’s an AWESOME BLOG !

  • Rosalie

    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?

  • kiley

    glad you now have a pair of your own! aren’t they so fun to wear?


    • Kristina

      did you DIY a pair as well? lovely!

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  • Shabby Chic decor

    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.

  • Elaine

    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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  • Madeline

    I used this technique to make some adorable letters to hang on the wall. Bought cheap, pre-cut wood letters from the crafts store and voliá! They are too glitter-y to be true! Thanks so much for the instructions!

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  • NR

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

  • Kelli

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


  • Emily Paschal

    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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  • April

    Love these boots! I want to make a boot version of open toe glitter booties! Your cowboy boots are a great start.

  • Jennifer

    I am definitely going to try this!! I LOVE IT!!!

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  • Honeybells blog

    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! ;)

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  • Hilary

    Love how the boots turned out! I’m definitely trying this one out