Crafts · Fashion

Kate Spade Flats DIY

I came across this DIY on Pinterest last month and knew I HAD to make them, or at least try! I was a little skeptical at first because glitter plus Mod Podge tends to get a bit messy and I didn’t want my Kate Spade knock off flats shedding glitter over everything. I modeled my flats off of these ones:

Kate Spade Bow and Glitter Captoe Flat in Black (

With a price tag well over $200, making them was definitely worth a try. Especially after I found these striped flats at JCP for only $13 plus tax:

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First, I used painter’s tape to tape off the portion of the toe that I wanted to cover. I’d read online to mix some glitter in the Mod Podge and then put it on the shoe to prevent the glitter from coming off so tried that first. As a first layer it worked great, but I would definitely not recommend doing that for the entire toe. Even when the Mod Podge – glitter mix looked nice and glittery, it still barely left glitter on the shoe (a lot of the mixture stayed on the sponge brush.) I ended up sprinkling glitter on over the first coat which created a nice thick glitter cover and after waiting for it to dry, I brushed off as much of the loose glitter as I could. This left the toe mostly covered, but I followed this with a second coat of Mod Podge and a loose glitter layer because I wanted my shoes to be REALLY sparkly. Once the Mod Podge was dry, I brushed off any loose glitter and then used a Hi-Gloss Mod Podge sealant spray on the toe. You’ll want to be careful about where you get the spray but it was pretty easy to control and added even more shine to my flats (and it dries fast, so you don’t have to wait that long to shake the shoe and see if glitter comes off.) To finish of the shoes, I made little bows out of ribbon and hot glued them to the shoe. And here’s the finished product:

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They look even better out and about 🙂

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Honestly I’m surprised at how well they’ve held up. Even after wearing them a couple of times, glitter has yet to shed and walking in the rain for a bit didn’t even mess them up (definitely not meant for wear in super wet weather or for long periods of time in the rain, though!)

Supply List:

  • Pair of striped black flats
  • Mod Podge (I used one with a gloss finish to keep the glitter on the shoe super shiny as I layered it)
  • Mod Podge spray sealant (again, Hi-Gloss, but any could work. It just depends on how shiny you want your shoes to be)
  • Gold glitter (I went with a more expensive, super fine glitter to get a more polished and “expensive” look, but chunkier glitter would work too! Again, it’s all up to your personal preference :))
  • Black ribbon (I used 5/8″)
  • Glue gun
  • Painter’s tape

I believe this is my first extensive DIY other than glitter mason jars on this site and I’m excited to share more! Crafting really was and is what keeps me sane when I’m away from P and it’s a great productive outlet for any stress. I’m hoping to start posting at least one DIY a week and all of my DIYs from now on will include a supply list to simplify shopping for the project!

Also, I’m always on the look out for more products to attempt and DIY, so if you have anything you’d like to see featured on my blog comment with a link or picture in the comment section below!

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