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Kimberly Canale, Brooklyn, NY Vendor: Event Designer Website: Inspired Goodness About Me: From the moment the engagement ring was slipped onto my finger, I've been in love with all-things-wedding. I still get teary eyed reading proposal stories in magazines and love sneaking a peek at a bride and groom glancing at one another for the first time, as the ceremony is about to begin. With each of my clients, I get to know their personality, family background and hear the story of how they met and fell in love. Each piece becomes another element from which I use to build the overall vision for their wedding day. As the Creative Director at Inspired Goodness, my job is to create the various details that makes each of our weddings come to life. My work incorporates classic elements; engraving, hand calligraphy and vintage typography. Using a mix of found objects and flea market pieces lends a rich history to my work and challenges me to find creative ways to use mass-produced elements, each with a chic and timeless result. With every new client, I get to explore avenues I've yet to pass and love knowing that the next adventure is just around the corner!
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I have to admit that while this wasn’t an original idea of mine, I loved the idea of adding this simple and personalized embellishment to my wedding shoes. If you’re not able to spend the $75 Stuart Weitzman charges for this same service, you can easily tackle this project yourself. That said, I’ve put together this little step-by-step tutorial to help you recreate this same look.

It’s a fun way to incorporate a little something blue into your ensemble and guests love asking to peek at the bit of bling you have on you. You may have seen this idea before when I decorated shoes for Mrs. Cupcake’s wedding.

Necessary tools and materials:

  • Glue (Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive recommended)
  • Tweezers
  • Clear packing tape
  • Swarovski flatback crystals: we found the 1.7-1.9mm size worked best. (color shown is aquamarine)
  • Step 1: Download our DIY template: diy_template_shoes. Enlarge or reduce on a photocopier to fit your wedding shoes. If you plan on placing your initials inside the heart, size the heart first to the max width of the area on your shoes that you plan to glue onto. For best results, leave about 1/8″ around the sides of design. Enlarge or reduce on a photocopier to fit your wedding shoes. If you plan on placing your initials inside the heart, size the heart first to the max width of the area on your shoes that you plan to glue onto. For best results, leave about 1/8″ around the sides of design.

    Step 2: Begin laying out crystals on top of your sized template. Use tweezers to assist in positioning.

    Step 3: Finalize crystal layout on top of photocopied template

    Step 4: Place a piece of clear packing tape over crystals. Press gently to ensure all rhinestones are affixed to the tape

    Step 5: Flip tape with affixed crystals over on reverse side

    Step 6: Place dabs of glue to the back of every crystal. For best results, use a small amount of glue.

    Step 7: Flip tape with backside glued crystals over - and place on desired area of shoe bottom. Gently press down and leave tape for at least one hour. When you remove the tape, use tweezers to fix the position of the crystals if they have moved from the original layout.

    Step 8: Wear and enjoy!

    You will need Acrobat Reader Installed to open template. Download here.

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    11 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Personalize Your Wedding Shoes”

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    trialbycupcakes

    Brilliant! I would have never thought of the tape idea to keep the design in place. Thank you, Kim!

     
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    cfitz621
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    cfitz621 (message)  169 posts, Blushing bee

    This just got saved to my favorites (as “shoe bling”, no less). Awesome, thanks!

     
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    lcneiny
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    lcneiny (message)  183 posts, Blushing bee

    THANK YOU!! This idea is super cute, and I’m definitely saving this tutorial!

     
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    beffielou (message)  119 posts, Blushing bee

    Lol!! I love it when ideas are genius in their simplicity. I literally shouted brilliant (in my head because I’m at work :o) ) when I read this one! Thanks!

     
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    Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions
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    Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions (message)  360 posts, Helper bee

    Oooh, that tape is GENIUS!

     
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    Jessie516
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    Jessie516 (message)  5,480 posts, Bee Keeper

    How awesome! I wish I had seen this before my wedding!

     
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    RAllise (message)  498 posts, Helper bee

    Oh this is a must have, thanks!

     
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    Miss Poodle
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    Miss Poodle (message)  3,386 posts, Sugar bee

    Such a cute tutorial! great job ;)

     
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    Kim @ Inspired Goodness (message)  39 posts, Newbee

    @trialbycupcakes: @Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions: The tape is the total livesaver in this project. I find if you leave it on overnight (while the glue dries) it keeps the letters in place perfectly.

    @Jessie516: Too bad I posted this too late - but its a great ’something blue’ to gift to a close friend! Like I did for Mrs. Cupcake.

    @RAllise: @Miss Poodle: Thanks ladies! Glad you enjoyed!!@

    beffielou: you are too funny!!

     
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    I love it when ideas are genius in their simplicity. I would have never thought of the tape idea to keep the design in place. And I’m definitely saving this tutorial.

     

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