Channel DIY Dorothy — Glitter-Embellished Ruby Slippers

Posted by on Apr 21, 2011

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Glitter adds a mess of sparkles and a touch of whimsy to Alicia Kachmar and Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar’s Ruby Slippers, a magical craft project from their book "Witch Craft." A pair of smooth shoes — heels, sneakers, vintage or flats — gets sprayed with adhesive, drenched in glitter and then covered with a gloss finish. In less than a day, crafters will be tapping their heels together and whispering their own secret wish.

- newspaper 
- shoes with smooth surface 
- plastic bags 
- all-purpose spray-on adhesive 
- about 1 ounce red glitter 
- spray-on acrylic coating in gloss finish

Ruby Red Slippers, upcycle
1. Prepare work surface with newspaper and make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area; better yet, work outside. 

2. Stuff each shoe with a plastic bag so that only the sections that will be covered in glitter are exposed. 

3. Spray half of one shoe with all-purpose spray adhesive and quickly coat with glitter (pour straight from glitter container or use spoon to sprinkle). 

4. Repeat on other half. Shake lightly to see if you missed any spots; respray and coat with glitter if necessary. Repeat steps 3 through 4 on the second shoe. 

5. Let dry half an hour. Shake out any remaining glitter onto the newspaper (collect and pour back into container, if desired). 

6. One at a time, cover shoes with spray-on acrylic coating. 

7. Let dry 30 minutes. Remove plastic bags and shake out any excess glitter.
Reprinted by permission from “Witch Craft" by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar, published by Quirk Books

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