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DIY PROJECT, Fashion DIY

As I hinted at yesterday, this is one of my all time favorite projects! I would have done it much earlier, but wanted to find the perfect supplies to pull it off.  During a trip to a Florida thrift store I spotted a pair of black strappy sandals that resembled the Valentino version, then back in New York I picked up the perfect pointed toe kitten heels (on sale!). From my previous stints with studding, I knew M&J Trimming was the place to go for the gold pyramid nailheads. Then I got to work!
Supplies:
Strappy sandals ($5)
Pointy toe kitten heels ($15)
Thin black ribbon
Gold pyramid nailheads
E600 Glue
Scissors
How to:
1. First line the edges of your heels with the black ribbon by gluing it to the shoes
2. When rounding the front, make a couple slits and overlap the ribbon, then glue to create the curved edge
3. Next cut the straps off the sandals
4. Then attach to the heel by gluing a piece of ribbon to connect the strap and the shoe. I did this step on both the inside and outside of each strap, then held in place until it dried a bit
5. Once all the straps are connected, let fully dry
6. Last, glue studs onto the straps (click here for tips) and let dry!
I can’t wait to take these for a spin at Fashion Week in February!

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  1. Andrea says:

    These turned out perfectly!!! They are gorgeous and so much more affordable than the Valentinos… 😉
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

    1. milano mode says:

      Intelligent DIY – your light bulb is always on!
      Good job 🙂

      Visit me & you might just help me decide. Which wedges?
      http://www.themilanomode.com/

  2. Priscilla says:

    genius! you are so creative. love them!

  3. Demi says:

    They look lovely, good job! I love how versatile those pyramids are; I bought a bulk pack from eBay and have done a few DIY projects myself using them!

  4. Lauren says:

    I am obsessed with this DIY!! You are a genius!

    Lauren
    L. loves to share

  5. Cool stuff. Doesn’t seem time consuming and really cost effective, I like!
    http://www.thatssewnaija.blogspot.com

  6. Adiel Cloud says:

    Fantastic results! Love how they turned out!

    xo.Adiel
    IBITTM

  7. These are just soo coool! love them!

  8. Kacie Cone says:

    Aw so cute, I so want to try this!

  9. Dominica says:

    hah, amazing DIY, wanna try it!!! 🙂

  10. Lala says:

    OMG this is amazing !

  11. Scatter Girl says:

    These look just like to valentino ones! fantastic job xx

    http://scattergirll.blogspot.com

  12. Kimberly says:

    This is so amazing – I have been wanting a pair of these shoes forever and it never crossed my mind that I could just make them! Great job 🙂

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  13. Anonymous says:

    You are brillant. Love the shoes.

  14. Katzi Roman says:

    So cute! Love this idea!

  15. Anonymous says:

    You are brilliant! loved them!!!
    Love your site, I visit every day 🙂

    Massiel

  16. Petra says:

    Wow this idea is amazing. I love that shoes but the shoes in original
    are really too expensive for me so thats DIY is perfect. Thank you very much for this idea.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

  17. Loved it, they look so expensive and beautiful!

  18. Loved it, they look so expensive and beautiful!

  19. insane!!! you are genius!

  20. oh my god – amazing! nice job!!!

  21. Lost in Elle says:

    All the things that you do are amazing! And all the steps are easy to understand. Congratulation for your job! 🙂
    xoxo

    LOST IN ELLE

  22. Anonymous says:

    This is such a great idea. I will be trying this. Love the colors.

  23. Love these and so clever! Definitely my favorite project of yours too!

  24. Margaret says:

    Totally Amazing! They look fabulous and love this DIY, must give it a try!

  25. These look amazing.. just like the inspiration posts you had up yesterday!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Now this is something I would love to try. Shoes are fabulous.

  27. Hannah says:

    I would have never thought of using the straps from other sandals! These are amazing!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  28. Great DIY Jenni! So creative to use the straps from another shoe!
    xx
    Lia
    http://www.smartnsnazzy.com

  29. Xeana says:

    It looks really as Valentino shoes!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  30. Great DIY!
    More fun and a lot cheaper then the real ones!
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  31. Anonymous says:

    This is such a cool idea. Love the shoes and the colors.

  32. E.J.Mallal says:

    where did you get the original shoes from. they are crazy cheap

    1. From a random store in midtown called PrimaDonna

  33. Wow, that’s amazing! At first when I saw it on your Facebook page I thought it was the real deal! love love love.

    Franci

    http://www.thefashionpalate.com

  34. G says:

    Love how these turned out!
    http://www.foundationvintique.com for affordable vintage

  35. Wow you did a great job!

  36. Adeola Naomi says:

    OMG!!!!!
    I want them and I wish I can find the time and patience to do them!

  37. What? I can’t believe you made these, you rock! So cute 🙂

    http://www.inspirationlush.com

  38. Nena Nadine says:

    Nicely done, you saucy lady!

  39. They look great, and such a steal compared to the Valentinos!

    As always, thanks for the inspiration.

    http://www.onmynailstoday.blogspot.co.uk/

  40. Anonymous says:

    What a smashing success. Love the shoes. Love the skirt.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Awesome job! Do you need the ribbon or can you just glue directly on straps?

  42. where can i get a gold pyramid nailhead?

  43. Oh la la la my god this is a great way not to spend a thousand bucks on a pair of shoes, definitely gonna try it <3

  44. Barbara says:

    These are just amazing!!!!! I want to try this right now!! Amazing
    I studded my handbag and top, please have a look at: http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/diy-stud-stud-stud-handbag-and-top.html

  45. Ummm… genius!! How did you come up with this??

    I recently made Asymmetrical heels (Zara / Prada inspired)..They were originally old thrifted 80s heels. 🙂 Totally changed the look.

    xo,
    Emily

    http://www.intheglitterati.com/#!about1/c468

  46. This is so cool love customisning things

  47. Danee says:

    They are definitely cute-more than cute- but I cannot image that they are very structurally sound. Even though the straps are nonfunctional there must be tension on them when you step. Did they stay together?

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