DIYs & Tutorials

DIY Pumped Up Heels

October 11, 2012

I like classics, I do. But quirky is so much better! I bought a simple pair of heels thinking “every girl needs a basic, slightly pointed heel” but they haven’t really seen the light of day. That’s why I bought these toffee/caramel-looking beads and knew exactly what they’d adorn. I leave you with an easy (and weird, according to my mother) DIY:
Materials you'll need to embellish your heels

Make sure the needle is nice and strong, the flimsy ones will bend and make everything more difficult.

DIY Steps 1 & 2 to embellish your simple pumps

1. Place your beads where you want them to be, and draw around them with your chalk. This step is optional, you can wing it if you’d like (I did on the other shoe). Thread your needle and knot the thread ends.

2. You’re now read to poke your shoe. Remember to start from the inside of the shoe, and a little above the center of where your bead will be. Insert your bead through the needle and thread. Now insert the needle back inside the shoe a little below the first insertion. This makes the thread less noticeable.

DIY Steps 3 & 4 to embellish your simple pumps

3. Repeat Step 2 several times for extra safety. You’ll have to adjust the bead and thread several times. Be patient!

4. From the inside of the shoe, insert the needle a little above the center of where your second bead will live. Repeat Steps 2 and 3.

DIY Step 5 to embellish your simple pumps

5. Make sure the beads are nice and tight, not going anywhere. Knot your thread. This last step can be a little tricky. I knotted mine close to the edge on the shoe seam OUTSIDE of the shoe, but below the beads. Place a dot of super glue on the knot aaaand dunzo! Be careful not to get too much glue on your fabric or it will stain it.

DIY Step 6 to embellish your simple pumpsResults:

Final result of DIY embellished heels

Don’t they look chewable? Luxe-chewable, that is.

Result of easy DIY beads embellished heels worn with checkered pants

Hope you enjoyed! I’m sure you guys can come up with a million variations of this DIY. Send me pictures if you try them out, I’ll post them on Facebook. 🙂 My trip to the craft store was quite successful, so many more DIY posts to come!

P.S. If my explanation of the steps was terrible and you have no idea what I was talking about, feel free to send a message. Don’t be shy!

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