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Halloween serie: How to make sparkly shoes

This year, I’ve decided to go as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was lucky enough to find a very similar blue dress at a local thrift store. As for the top, I already had a white short-sleeves medieval blouse from this Renaissance Etsy shop, Fairest of them all.

The only thing missing was the famous ruby shoes.
I could have bought a pair from The wizard of oz costume shop (Yes, there’s an entire online shop dedicated to Wizard of oz costumes!) , but I had a budjet and didn’t want to spend too much.

So I got a vintage pair of marine shoes, from the same thrift store, that looked very much like Dorothy’s shoes except for it’s color.

The outside of the shoe is fabric, so I decided to paint them with Pebeo’s Setacolor paint for fabrics.

When it dried, I set the color with an iron. Not an easy task as shoes are not straight like fabric. There is probably a better way to do this (or other product to use). So if you know, it’d be nice if you could tell me. :-p

Then, I bought a bunch of red craft glitter and mixed it with the amazing Modge Podge glue.

The consistent of the glue was more “glitter with Modge Podge” rather than the other way around. :-p Repeat as needed.

Once it dried , I re-applied a second coat of Modge Podge to “secure” the glitters.
You don’t want to leave a glittery trail as you walk around.

This is a great tutorial if you need sparkly shoes of any color for a costume.

You could make  a pair for a 30’s era costume.
If you use black glitters, it could be some nice shoes for a lady vampire costume.

And here’s another great tutorial from the Craftster forums to make shoes with real sequins instead of glitters.

Oh, the possibilities!

Halloween serie: Big book of Halloween review

Here’s a review of one of my favorite Halloween inspiration book for craft and ideas. It’s the Big book of Halloween from Better homes and gardens.
A couple of years ago, I found it on the special table at the Indigo bookstore in Montreal. I couldn’t believe people weren’t jumping on a Halloween book around August! 😉
It has tons of great ideas in it to inspire you when you need it the most during this month of october. Here’s a few of them:

I adore how they use beads with pumpkins, it really add a fancy touch to any Halloween party.
And how about this pumpkin made into a black cat? The way they construct it is so clever.

Even thought theses costumes are made for kids in mind, I seriously thought about making one for myself! I love how easy they while still being great ideas.

Ever thought about using the DIY Chritmas ornament in craft store to make them as Halloween ornaments, intead? Very Jack Squeleton, indeed!

My favorite has to be this one with it’s swirl of colors. It’s very easy to make as all the colors are paint in the inside of the ornament with a paintbrush.

I wish we had thoses plastic milk jars in Québec just so I could make theses characters. I don’t know if some Canadians has them. We only have small plastic bags here. Could someone from the States please send me one? :-p

And no Halloween is complete without some “freaky food”, as I like to call it. This Halloween forest would make a great hors-d’oeuvre for a party. Mmm…


Sometimes, I long the good-old-days without the internet (just sometimes!) when we would send out invites to our friends to a party.
This funny skeleton is made with Fimo clay. Earlier in the book, they also show you how to make a cute ghost necklace and earrings with it. Gotta love Fimo.

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Ever heard of this book before? Maybe it’s a classic Halloween book and I just don’t know it. Let me know if this is one of your favorite as well so we can share the Better homes and garden Halloween love. 😀


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My name is Fanie and I’m a Montreal based illustrator & graphic designer. You may know me from drawing The Crafty Life comic in CLM. I ♥ comics, vegan food & ghost stories.

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