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:
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.