DIY Bow Heel and Bow Flat Shoe Upgrades

No budget for expensive pumps?  No problem!  We’ve got two fun and easy DIY projects that will dress up your shoes in an inexpensive and sophisticated way. From pumps to flats, these simple DIY’s from Em The Gem will elevate your shoe style in no time.

 

Stay tuned for part two of our DIY Shoe Upgrade post.

 

DIY Bow Heel

Put a ribbon on it, literally. This chic shoe upgrade is easy and will add a bit of sophistication to your style. A pair of classic pumps with an unexpected twist will put some pep in your step and upgrade every look in your wardrobe.

 

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Supplies:

Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Stapler
Hot Glue Gun
Heels

Tip: Bring your shoes with you to the store to buy your satin ribbon! There are many shades to choose from and it really helps to see them side by side.

Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of satin ribbon about 17 inches long (for a 3″ heel).

Step 2. Fold each ribbon in half width-wise.  At the ends, make a small cut to make a V, this will be the tail. (Each ribbon should end up around 16 inches after cutting.)

Step 3. Fold each ribbon in half length-wise.  In the center, make a pleat by pinching the ribbon together.  Use a stapler to secure the pleat.

 

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DIY Shoe Upgrade | Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink

 

Step 4. For the bow, cut two 15 inch ribbon pieces. Loop into a circle, doubling back about an inch. Staple in the center to secure.

 

DIY Satin Bow Heel, Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink

 

Step 5. Cut two pieces of ribbon (about 6 inches) for the center of the bow. Fold each piece in on itself and staple at each end to secure.

 

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Step 6. Lay the bow and the tail on top of the center piece. Bring the center pieces together and staple again to secure. Cut off the excess pieces.

 

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DIY Satin Bow Heel, Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink

 

Step 7. Attach your bow to the top of the back of your heels with a hot glue gun.

 

DIY Satin Bow Heel, Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink

 

DIY Bow Flats

If heels and pumps make you think of foot pain and aching arches, this simple DIY for flats is perfect for you. It’s chic, classic and even easier than the first DIY! Just follow steps 4, 5 and 6 from above (excluding the tail) to create your new favorite pair of shoes.

Supplies:

Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Stapler
Hot Glue Gun
Flats

Tip: We cut only 6 inches of ribbon to make these bows a tad smaller. Feel free to play around with what size best suits you! 

 

DIY Shoe Upgrade | Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink

DIY Shoe Upgrade | Em The Gem | Snippet & Ink (Like this DIY?  Check out this Real Wedding where bride, Lora, added a gold bow to her wedding flats!)

 

Photography by Em The Gem.

 

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