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DIY Tutorial: Artsy & Bold Butterfly Heels


Diy butterfly heels

Today’s DIY will celebrate all that is fun and wonderful about spring into a pair of gorgeous heels. I decided to upcycle these old “prom-y” shoes (I wore them to my 8th grade graduation dance… that was 7 years ago!) and turn them into something modern and artful with a high-fashion flair.

Read on to see how to create your own pair of butterfly heels:


Materials DIY Butterfly Heels

  • Large plastic butterfly toys
  • Pumps – upcycle a pair you don’t wear too often!
  • E600 or other industrial strength glue
  • Craft scissors

Step One*

Step 1.1 DIY Butterfly HeelsStep 1.2 DIY Butterfly Heels

I first decided to rid my shoes of any unnecessary details. There’s this weird ribbon poof thing at the front of my shoe, so I simply cut it off.

*This step can be skipped if you’re working with a plain/non-embellished pair of heels. If you do this step, you’ll notice that the removed portion will be a little beat up. I used black nail polish to “repair” this section.

Step Two

Step 2.1 DIY Butterfly HeelsStep 2.2 DIY Butterfly Heels

You want to make sure that the surface of the butterfly toy you’re using is as flat as possible, so cut off any extra “appendages.” (Sorry, plastic butterfly!)

*Optional Step

Feel free to change the color of the butterfly: you can make it more glitzy by spray painting it metallic gold or make it more festive with a neon pink! I love monarch butterflies, so I left it as is.

Step Three

Step 3.1 DIY Butterfly HeelsStep 3.2 DIY Butterfly Heels

Position the butterfly onto the exact middle of the back of the shoe so that the majority of the body is in contact with the shoe.

Make note of how much of the body this is, then squeeze a line of E600 onto this area. Firmly press the butterfly down back to this position, and hold the butterfly in place for a few minutes.

Step Four

Step 4 DIY Butterfly Heels

Let dry. Make sure that the “drying” position that you put the shoe in allows the butterfly to be parallel to the ground, or else it’ll fall off or the position will be skewed. I actually hooked the back of the shoe onto the legs of a folding-chair flipped sideways.


Finale DIY Butterfly Heels

Here, I’m wearing my shoes with a printed jumpsuit. These pumps make such a fun and spring-like statement! If you find them a bit too bold for your everyday style, I think they would also be a fab choice to rock at a costume party.

Feedback please:

What do you think about artsy heels? Tacky or glamorous? What do you think of this DIY tutorial? Would you do it? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on March 21, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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8 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Artsy & Bold Butterfly Heels”

  1. 1
    March 21st, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    It’s easy and it’s different and I like it.

  2. 2
    March 22nd, 2014 at 9:11 am

    too much and impractical

  3. 3
    March 22nd, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I think you mean perpendicular..

  4. 4
    March 22nd, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Oh my goodness!!!! They look like something a fairy would wear!!! Love it!! :D

  5. 5
    March 23rd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    @Allie: Yay!! I’m glad you liked it!

    @Marian: Thank you for your opinion! It is a bit much, hence why I decided to label it “artsy and bold” for days when too much and impractical are a good thing!

    @Trea: It might be the angle of the image that makes it look weird. The heels themselves are perpendicular to the ground, but the butterflies are parallel!

    @lynn: :D I’m so glad you love them! Fairy-like is always a good thing in my book. :)

  6. 6
    March 23rd, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Not sure how to feel about this

  7. 7
    March 24th, 2014 at 6:47 am

    maybe if the butterflies were smaller? im not a fan of the larger ones

  8. 8
    March 24th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    @Janelle: it is a slightly “out of the box” DIY so definitely not a DIY that is more plain/plays it safe, so its OK if you’re unsure about this DIY! It was meant to be slightly provocative with its extremeness.

    @Minnie: That’s alright! That’s a great idea too! I was thinking about clustering smaller butterflies together, but I sort of like the heels with the giant bows on the backs and I decided to take that idea and make it more artsy-fartsy for my personal taste. I decided to use these butterflies instead of the smaller ones is because these are actually 100% anatomically correct, and that tickled my science bone.

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