Elsa from Disney’s Frozen Costume Walkthrough Part 3 – The Shoes



~ Base shoes were purchased from Ebay from this seller (*note this seller goes through periods of the shoes not being available so I apologize if the link does not work)


I got mine in satin black because it sounded easier to paint than the glossy leather. Also iron on vinyl will melt most synthetic fibers, plastics and damage leather. (Be sure to check the material you are buying first!)

~ basic white fabric paint for the primer

~blue, silver, and white acrylic paint

~ mod podge

~ glitter!!!

~ Iron on vinyl

To start the process I took a tape measure and measured the parts that where going to need an icicle design. I took that measurement and made my base icicle pattern out of paper. After I was happy with the shape I copied it onto some basic muslin. (DO NOT CUT OUT THE PATTERN BEFORE IRON ON VINYL IS ADDED TO THE FABRIC)


Next I took my iron on vinyl and followed the directions on the back. I covered both sides of the muslin in vinyl for extra strength. Be sure to leave about an inch of iron on vinyl over lapping on the front so you can attach it to the shoe later. Now you attach the vinyl to the shoe via iron. Do not let your iron touch the vinyl directly or it will melt and ruin your iron. It is an easy task just make sure to go nice and slow so the vinyl does not bunch up. If a section did not stick all the way just be very careful and only let the iron touch that section to re-iron it down.


After this step the rest is pretty easy!

First cover any sections of the shoes you do not want paint or glitter to covered in with paper or tape. I started with about 4 LIGHT coats of white fabric paint and gave each layer a few hours to dry. I stop added the primer when the seam line between the shoe and the vinyl was fairly smooth. It does not have to be perfect because you will be covering it in glitter and more paint next. ( *note my shoes have an obvious wrinkle because the seam line is right where my foot bends in the shoe when I walk. Hence the wrinkles.)


I added 1 layer of white acrylic paint so the silver and blue paint would stick better. Now comes the fun blending part. I cover the entire shoes in 2 – 3 layers of the silver metallic paint. Then for the tips and back of the shoe I added a blue ombre effect with a sponge brush. Again this step does not need to be perfect because you are covering the shoe in glitter next. I personally think the shoes look just as good without glitter though.


The final step! I took the shoe box and lined it with a plastic bag and one shoe at a time I covered them in glitter. I took my sponge brush and did about 1/4 of the shoe at a time. I added  the mod podge lightly and sprinkle the glitter on top. After I was done with the glitter, I shook the shoes out and looked for any areas I may have missed. I made my finishing touches and seal the shoe with the mod podge.  The mod podge dries clears, is fairly water proof, and flexible. Of course some glitter will fall off but you will be leaving glitter everywhere if you do not seal it.


And they are done! It took about a day and a half to make. I would say it is only a 4-6 hour project but you have to let everything dry which spaces out the time quite a bit.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!!! 😀

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3 thoughts on “Elsa from Disney’s Frozen Costume Walkthrough Part 3 – The Shoes

  1. You are amazing! Following your blog

  2. Gillian

    Thank you so much for all the details on how to do Elsa’s shoes! I used your tutorial to make my own Elsa shoes. They’re not exactly like yours, but they were inspired by you. Everyone that commented on my shoes I would tell them the idea wasn’t mine, it was from a tutorial from an awesome cosplayer I found online.

  3. Kallie

    Omg freakin’ genius!!!!! I have been pulling my hair out on how to do this. Some are really cool but undoable with a little one around because it’s so time consuming. Thanks for coming up with an easier version! ❤

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