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DIY | Shoe Brooch

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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Tools:

  • Austrian Swarovski Crystals & Pearls
  • Jewelry pliers or normal needlenose pliers
  • Fishing line or invisible jewelry thread
  • Hot glue
  • Something to act as a base – I used earrings
  • Scissors

I bought "Iris" by Benjamin Walk’s Touch Ups to wear with my white gown (I had them dyed Lavender), but I wanted something with a brooch. So I made one. Here are the shoes before:

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I figured the easiest way to obtain a backing for the brooch was to buy cheapo earrings. I lucked out and found some on sale at Kohl’s one day by Apt. 9. Here’s one of them. I impatiently took the other one off to work on it without taking a picture first.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

As you can see, I took off the earring hook with my jewelry-making tools. I wanted a focal point center so I hot glued a clear Swarovski crystal to it.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

Then, I took the invisible thread and started threading the mauve Swarovski pearls through the holes in the earrings.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I added more pearls and crystals to match my wedding colors and the finished brooch looks like this.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

Finally, I threaded each brooch onto the shoes with the thread.

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding


diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

I LOVED the way they ended up. I showed my future mother-in-law and she thought I bought them that way!
It’s just a subtle detail that only I will probably notice, but I love how it made my shoes look in the end.

DIY in Action

Here is a zoomed-in photo of the brooches on my shoes underneath my dress. (See crinoline here.)

diy vintage inspired shoe brooch for wedding

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Wedding Sole Mate

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

My most recent obsession has been shoes. I have scoured the internet, stalked the stores, and debated over so many different styles and colors.

Finally. I am done. My tradtional dress is red and gold so these are the shoes!

Marciano Caroleen
Marciano Red Caroleen Shoes

Then, The second dress is the white gown, but I am going to wear lavender shoes and DIY-ing shoe brooches to replace the bling.

Touch Ups Iris
Touch Ups Iris by Benjamin Walker in Lavender

Then, when I change again, I want to wear white shoes.

Aldo Laack in White
Aldo Laack Heels in White

I AM SO EXCITED! I started wearing all of them around the house today to break them in… I will probably do some major shoe stretching so I don’t ache, but that is most likely inevitable.