I have to admit, no matter how old I get, I get excited every year for my dance recital.  Maybe that’s because I didn’t have the dance recital experience as a young girl (I started taking dance classes at 19), so I guess I’m making up for it as an adult… plus dance is such a great and glamorous way to workout!  For my recital last year, I got ambitious and decided to do a solo tap dance (as if doing several other dances, assistant teaching a class, AND MCing a show wasn’t enough).  I picked out one of my favorite Christina Aguilera songs, and I used a cute showgirl style costume that I already had, but I needed some shoes worthy of the Diva herself.  I searched online but I couldn’t seem to find any rhinestone tap shoes anywhere (finding silver ones was almost impossible).  So I decided to bling out a pair myself.

DIY Rhinestone Tap Shoes Sparkly Heels

Instead of gluing on individual rhinestones, I decided to do with acrylic rhinestone strips (I got these at Michaels).  If I was doing this with regular shoes, I would probably take the time to glue on good quality rhinestones.  However, tap shoes need to be flexible, and they only need to look good from the stage.  Acrylic rhinestones are more flexible, as well as quicker to work with, and cheaper in price. DIY Rhinestone Tap Shoes Supplies

I picked out nude tap shoes, since I couldn’t find white or silver ones that I liked.  These are not the most comfortable tap shoe, but they made my legs look long and that’s what matters when you’re trying to look like a showgirl.

Discount Dance Supply, Tap Shoes, Capezio Adult "Manhattan Xtreme" 2 ½" Heel Tap Shoe
Photo via Discount Dance Supply

You can cut the strips into thinner strips which helps mold them to the shoe.

Cutting Acrylic Gem Strips

As you can see the shoes aren’t flawless up close, but from the stage they really sparkle.

DIY Rhinestone Tap Shoes

Here is video of my performance..

I hope you enjoyed this DIY… I have another one coming later this week where I use the leftover rhinestones.



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