diy feather embellished shoes

So, I’ve had these heels in the back of my closet since my best friends wedding in July of 2007.

{I’m wearing them here. They’re alright but I’ve never liked the way they make my feet look}

Sure, I’ve worn them a few times, here and there, but at some point in the past year I got the idea in my head to add some fun ankle feathers to them! I finally followed through on my little plan last week, just in time for Vegas!

Here’s the how-to just in case you’ve got some plain heels you’d like to jazz up in your free time!


you’ll need:

  • an {old} pair of heels
  • a bag of feathers {the softer the better}
  • A hot glue gun
  • some ribbon {preferably to match the shoes}

First, you’ll want to lay out all your feathers and start sorting my size {longer feathers, medium length feathers, and short feathers}. Pull out and discard all the broken and warped feathers. Only pretty feathers for these shoes!

 Without gluing anything yet, start laying out your feathers along the side your your shoe. {mine worked easily on the ankle strap} you’ll want to work in pairs, so make sure that every feather you pull for one shoe, has an equal match for the other shoe.

Once you have a plan, start gluing on the feathers one by one, starting in the back, and working your way around the ankle strap.

When you’re happy with the placement of the feathers it’s time to add the ribbon right over the top…

Not every old pair of heels has an ankle strap but I think these could work easily as well as an ankle cuff! Just follow the steps above but glue the feathers to ribbon. Once they’re complete you’ll be able to tie then around your ankle with cute little bows in the back.

I realize the black is a little hard to see for this tutorial. If I ever do this again maybe I’ll try some brighter colors… but they worked well with my Thursday dress in Vegas…

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Emily Heintz says:

    So cool! You are so so creative! I should totally do this 🙂

  2. Love it! 🙂

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