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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  • estilo y cafe October 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I did that for my wedding shoes, they were simple silver peep toe heels and needed a little bling! So I bought two silver broches and sewed them on. They turned out perfect!

  • Kristina Ackerman October 12, 2012 at 1:13 am

    You should check out shoe clips and clip on earrings. I use em to spice up shoes all the time, I’m not sure if they were big in Honduras, but you can find them vintage shops all the time.

  • Nathalie October 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

    love it love it love it! Will definitely try on some of my ‘forgotten’ heels. Thanks for the idea!

  • Jade Serina-Bioneda October 12, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I love the shoes fabi! So crafty 🙂 But if I were to do that, my shoes would fail. Lol. Good job on this! Hoping to read more diy from you 🙂

  • Ardrey Hazel October 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    hahaha, you’re awesome!

  • Nina Gonzalez October 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    pucha fabi, you need to start selling some of the stuff you make!!! i love it!!! y el shot of your pants??!!! i love the print..urge in outfit post heehhe.xo

  • June October 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Great job as usual Fabi! I jus love your diy skills 🙂

  • Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Where are your pants from?

    • ThirdWorldFabi October 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Hello! A friend of mine found these pants at a secondhand store and bought them for me. I think they’re meant for a punk rockish style because of the brand. Don’t know where you’re from, but Hot Topic might have similar ones.

  • kirstyb October 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    they look amazing – what a great idea x