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DIY Flats: Make These Sweet Statement Shoes in Minutes

I spied these pearl letter flats and knew in an instant this would be my next DIY. Here's how to make them.

While I love a cheeky sweater, I can't resist a pair of talking flats. The right shoes can turn up the style of any outfit a notch, and this pair--inspired by the Rebecca Minkoff originals I saw here on Lucky magazine editor Eva Chen's Instagram--is pure fun. Statement flats pair well with skinny distressed jeans or a slouchy boyfriend pant and a silk blouse. While we anxiously wait for the originals to become available, you can make these DIY flats today.

Gather your supplies. You'll need:

  • Loafers
  • Leather Scrap
  • Fine tip Sharpie
  • Loose Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife

Here's how to make these flats:

1. Free hand or trace your letters onto leather scrap. Make sure the height of your letters will fill the top of your flats. Cut out the letters, using scissors or an X-acto knife to remove excess threads.
2. Working on a flat surface, place the pearls on the letters to determine spacing.

3. Secure the pearls to the letters with hot glue.
4. Position the letters on each shoe. If you need to mark the placement, do so now with a pencil. Secure each letter with hot glue.

5. Gently hold the letters in place as the glue cools. Now rock those wordy flats!

Here's a Pin-able version with how-to pictures and a finished image. Ciao!

For more DIY projects from Samantha, go to The Brunette One.

Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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