As much as I love getting gussied up for the slew of parties around the holidays, I like “dressing up” with accessories even more. For example, putting on a pair of statement shoes makes wearing denim at a festive gathering totally kosher – and I love that. Today, we’ll be showing you how to make a simple black pair of heels pop with the addition of a handful of crystals. It’s a super easy and fast way to add sparkle to any ensemble!

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You’ll need:

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I picked an assortment of square and round crystals as well as flat back pearls. Be sure to pick ones that say “hot fix” which will have an adhesive backing activated by heat, making it very easy to apply. My assortment ranged from 2-5mm in size. You can also get one of those nifty wax tipped pens to help pick up the crystals as they be very small and cumbersome to pick up with your fingers.

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Hot fix tools are great for this type of application. It’s literally just a mini hot iron that emits heat when plugged in. There will be a range of tips you can use for your tool. I’ve screwed on the smallest one here. Turn your iron on and let it heat up. Place your first crystal on the backside of the shoe (start at the top or bottom but never in the middle). Place the tool directly over the crystal for about 8-10 seconds. The glue on the backside will begin to melt and adhere to the shoe.

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Lift the tool off the crystal and try budging it with the tip of your finger. If it moves, it needs more time under the heating tool. If not, you’re good to move on! Start working your way down and to the right and left. The key is to not be too exact – mix the sizes and crystals.

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I like to work on one large patch and then mirror it on the other shoe. This way, you can plan out the design easily and distribute the crystals properly. As you get to the sides of the shoes, start spreading the crystals out so it has a fading effect.

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Continue adding crystals until you’re ready to stop!

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No need for drying time – you can wear them immediately.

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And off to your next holiday party you go!

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