DIY Glitter Sneakers // Inspired by Miu Miu Embellished Shoes

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When Target approached me about a Converse One Star DIY challenge I couldn’t resist, but it wasn’t until I saw these Miu Miu glitter sneakers that I had any clue how I was going to give my white sneaks a personality all their own. DIYers have been glueing glitter to their shoes for decades! The most challenging part of this DIY was figuring out what material I was going to use to create the steel toe. I was thrilled to find the little pyramid studs in my own craft closet to complete the look. And though I leave a little trail of fairy dust behind me wherever I go, I have to admit, I love the way they turned out.

Here’s What You’ll Need…

Glitter Sneaker DIY - materials

* Converse One Stars from Target $34.99 – courtesy of Target
* Fabric glue and/or MOD PODGE
* I used Crayola paint brushes to apply the glue.
* Silver glitter {I bought an 8oz jar but only used 1/4″ of it. 4oz is plenty.
* Fine glitter in black
* Painter’s tape
* Iron-on silver pyramid studs {which I can’t seem to find online}=


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* Squeeze a large amount of fabric glue into a cup or plate. Tape down the sides of your sneakers with your painter’s tape. Using a paintbrush, apply a moderately thick layer of glue to the tongue of your shoe.

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* Place your sneaker in an open box and sprinkle a generous amount of glitter over your glue.

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* Once your tongue is almost dry, remove the tape from the sides of your shoe and apply a generous layer of glue to your sides. It’s best to do one at a time because the glue dries pretty fast.

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* Sprinkle your larger silver glitter and shake to remove excess.

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* Since I was trying to mimic the charcoal silver Miu Miu shoes, and couldn’t find dark silver glitter, I added fine black glitter on top of my large silver glitter to fill in some of the tiny areas to make it appear darker. {this was my preference. If you can find a darker silver glitter, this step is unnecessary}

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* Shake your shoe and allow the black fine glitter to settle and discard any unwanted silver glitter. If you missed any spots, now is your chance to add a little more glue and fill them in.

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* To create a faux steel toe, I used small iron-on pyramid studs which I found at JoAnn’s a few years ago.

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* Paint a generous amount of glue on the rubber toe of your sneaker. You’ll have to work quickly because it dries fast!

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* Begin adding your studs at the center where the rubber meets the glitter and work out from there to either of the edges. Then create a sort of T by placing studs in a row down to the tip toe of your shoe and work out from there.

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*I didn’t want to go over the black line around the sole so I created a bit of a pyramid effect with staggered edges.

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* A pyramid with pyramid studs 😉

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* Hoping to get a dark gray, I dyed my shoelaces black with Rit Dye. However, the dye barely took at all and left the laces a very light gray. I almost wish I just left them white. My advice if you want a darker shoe lace is to just buy them or use a satin ribbon instead.


In an attempt to really secure the glitter, I layered on another coat of glue {MOD PODGE} and another layer of glitter, then mixed the glitter in the glue and painted on ANOTHER layer and they are glittered for LIFE now!


Glitter Sneaker DIY  with studded toe

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Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYs here!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • ♥ Heels Are My Drugs ♥

    October 11, 2011 |

    ohhh God, Are you REAL or what sweatyy??

    gorgoeus DIY project!


  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    October 11, 2011 |

    IN LOVE! I’m a huge converse and glitter fan so these are the ultimate converse shoes for me 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • Desdetenerifeconamor

    October 11, 2011 |

    I love! The color, talk …. everything! I leave my DIIY this week to get a look, are star earrings like D & G, I hope you like!

  • Ismene

    October 11, 2011 |

    I love you blog!Every post is amazing!

  • atori.loves

    October 11, 2011 |

    I love it! Realy awesome!

  • jukebox

    October 11, 2011 |

    I really wasn’t expecting the comment, it was really sweet of you. I’ve been a long time reader (even tried out some of your DIYs – lol). Seeing a blog I like reference a song I like,I felt compelled to finally leave a comment.

    I’m bookmarking this DIY for later, I can’t wait to try it! I’m thinking of going with red glitter, so they look like dorothy’s slippers…if dorothy wore converse – lol!

    If you haven’t heard it already you should check out – Waiting for My Real Life to Begin by Colin Hay (lead singer of Men at Work).

  • Roopa

    October 11, 2011 |

    it looks awesome on you …. will try for sure <3

  • Natalie Mulford

    October 11, 2011 |

    Oh! They look great! I may have to give this a go myself! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • antique engagement rings

    October 11, 2011 |

    Im loving the chuck taylors!

  • Deborah

    October 11, 2011 |

    Weird observation, but this DIY is the most beautifully photographed thing I’ve seen in ages! Truly gorgeous.

    And, of course, the DIY is great.

  • CessOviedo

    October 11, 2011 |

    L-o-v-e them! They are just the coolest ever, I recently got my first pair of Chucks and been loving them, but now I want to make the sparkly, Target was so right to make you part of this project!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • taylor

    October 11, 2011 |

    so cute! the pyramid studs look like candy dots on that paper! you are SO crafty 😉

  • Sheree

    October 11, 2011 |

    This is actually a DIY I might consider, they look awesome!

  • Mirjana

    October 11, 2011 |


  • Lia

    October 11, 2011 |

    Wow! These are perfection!! I love your attention to detail, it’s insane. My fave is the studded steel toes. Gorgeous!

  • Anna Saccone

    October 11, 2011 |

    These are so freaking cute!! <3

  • Nicole

    October 11, 2011 |

    Great DIY! I think I will do that with mine too!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  • Giedre

    October 11, 2011 |

    LOVE. And I think black satin ribbons would be PERFECT! Although they’d probably get pretty glittery after a while! 😉

  • Slađi

    October 11, 2011 |

    OMG so amazing DIY! Im HUGE Chucks fan so of this is definitely something for me!!

  • Paulina

    October 11, 2011 |

    GORGEOUS!! I love them! I recently saw a tutorial where she glittered her little girl’s shoes and she used Krylon Clear Sealer
    to “seal” the glitter. Here is the link:

  • YaYa

    October 11, 2011 |

    Love these. Im not a fan of Chucks at all, but I would consider wearing these since I love all things sparkly.

  • K.M.

    October 11, 2011 |

    love this..the shoes look so nice ♥

  • The Suburb Experiment

    October 11, 2011 |

    I wonder if there’s anything you could spray on them to keep the glitter a little more secure. Probably, but it might dull the glitter I guess.

    Anyway, I love these shoes! I might do little versions for my oldest daughter who can never get enough sparkle.


  • LadyLUX

    October 11, 2011 |

    What a fun DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Alyssa

    October 11, 2011 |

    I have to say, I think I prefer it with the grey laces as opposed to black!

    Seriously, you are the DIY queen. I always look forward to your DIY’s because I know they will be amazing.

  • Nancy

    October 11, 2011 |

    Hi Maegan

    Glitter makes everything better.I just finished watching the episode of Modern Family where Cam is making a book about their family to show the adoption agency and he is throwing glitter all over it.

    Someone mentioned using Mod Podge here is the link to Honestly WTF where they use it.

    They did this for the Martha Stewart Show and I remember you said you got a call from Martha and I hope you do go on her show.


  • Megan

    October 12, 2011 |

    Some helpful hints…

    –Give the shoes a coat of glue to seal in the glitter after everything is dry (though the trail of fairy dust is sort of fun). The clear glue will just help seal everything in and keep you from having to re-glitter later on.

    –The shoe laced didn’t dye because they are nasty nasty un-dyeable polyester. Go for cotton laces and you’ll get a nice grey.

    –Check out for an amazing selection of rhinestones and metal stones. They have a store in Northern San Diego with so many fun sparkly things! I use them for my Discotoes shoes and they ship super fast and have great prices.

    SUCH a fun DIY, I think every day should be sparkly shoe day!

  • Huda

    October 12, 2011 |

    love it, one of my favorite DIY I’ve seen in a while.

  • Four Flights

    October 12, 2011 |

    bad ass! love the added glitz on the toes too

  • Food, she thought.

    October 12, 2011 |

    I *live* in Chucks (when I’m not in heels)! What a fun post.

  • Borella

    October 12, 2011 |

    SO cool! 8-D

  • ♥NekoCandii♥

    October 12, 2011 |

    This is GORGEOUS! I’ve been meaning to decorate a pair of sneakers as well and this is a definite inspiration~

  • Pakistani Lawn Collection

    October 12, 2011 |

    ooh this is amazing idea thank for share this idea i try with my sneakers.

  • drollgirl

    October 12, 2011 |

    um, these are kind of awesome! so fun! so funny! and so CUTE!!!!

  • hotpants™

    October 13, 2011 |

    OMG, I want a pair! Love!!

  • Stephanie

    October 17, 2011 |

    I LOVE these shoes! I have a few pairs of Converse that I don’t use anymore. I’ll definitely be trying this out soon!

  • Lindsay

    October 17, 2011 |

    OMG I love these! Another amazing DIY. I think I need to use Halloween as an excuse, but make a few pairs :0). Craft store here I come!

  • Meagan Mason

    October 19, 2011 |

    I’m going to make pink ones! We’ll call them my breast cancer shoes 🙂

  • A Mother's Journey

    October 24, 2011 |

    This would be a great project to do with my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  • jen

    November 7, 2011 |

    awesome! thinking about sprucing up some heels for the holiday hmmm. thanks for inspiring me!


    November 16, 2011 |

    Hello Maegan! I wanted to say that I just featured this project on my blog, here: Thank you so much!

  • chiikalivelovelaugh

    March 19, 2012 |

    Hey girl I just saw your post featured on someone’s blog and wanted to visit your blog to tell you, you did an awesome job with this DIY…converse usually don’t need anything, but i love your take on them
    XO stephi

  • glitter shoes

    June 18, 2012 |

    These glitter shoes are so sexy. I love the tips.

  • Anonymous

    July 18, 2012 |

    Do you need to spray anything to protect the glitter?

  • Julia @ FaveCrafts

    April 17, 2013 |

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of refashioned shoe tutorials! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  • muhammed

    July 10, 2013 |

    How can do one and i well buy it from him??

  • Shahpara Khan

    August 30, 2013 |

    I just did this DIY everything turned out great except for one thing the glitter keeps falling off 🙁 help please

  • Maegan Tintari

    April 1, 2014 |

    Add another layer of glue ON TOP of your first layer and another layer of glitter.. I finished by creating a mix of glitter/glue then painting another layer over the top. Good luck!

  • inna

    April 10, 2014 |

    love your blog and amazing ideas 😉
    gotta try it!)
    so original <3
    thank you for what you are doing

  • Hannah

    August 25, 2014 |

    Hi! I am a young reader and lover of all DIYs and I was trying to make these for my best friend. When I went looking for the shoes I couldn’t find any with the black line instead of the red! Anybody else having this problem? And if anyone knows where I could get those sneakers in a couple of days time, PLEASE tell me. Thanks!

  • Maegan Tintari

    August 25, 2014 |

    I found them originally at Target, this is the closest match Good luck!!

  • Leann

    October 29, 2015 |

    This is everything. I know what I’m making my friends for Christmas!! Bring on the glitter! Love Love Love your DIY blog. Check out mine 🙂 I just posted a tutorial on how to achieve Lauren Conrad’s deer costume using items found in your closet and makeup bag. We filmed it using google glasses so you get this great viewpoint of knowing every stroke the makeup artist does. Happy Halloween and I can’t wait to see what tutorials you come up with next.

  • Maria B Lawn

    December 29, 2016 |

    Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

  • Sana Safinaz

    January 24, 2017 |

    Such a doable one.. liked the casual look.more

  • Asim Jofa

    February 7, 2017 |

    Thank you for sharing those good tips! They are helpful.

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