DIY ruby slippers

I seem to go to a lot of costume parties. Just recently I wore a sailor dress for our Nautical Nonsense party and I dressed as Dionne from Clueless for a 90s Party (my friend Claire went as Cher). This weekend I have a Childhood Heroes party and then in a few weeks I have my Winter Wonderland party.

I was really stumped with the Childhood Heroes theme. I thought of going as a Spice Girl, seeing as I spent most of the late 90s idolising them. When I learnt most people were going as their favourite childhood movie or TV character, I thought of Maria from The Sound of Music. Then a parcel containing this dress arrived from ASOS and I decided it would make the perfect outfit to dress as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

I had so much fun making the ruby slippers. Mine are a tad more glitzy than the original pair, but I love them.

I bought a pair of red heels from Kmart for $15, painted them with PVA glue and dusted them with red glitter. It was a messy process, but the result was great:


These bows (or ‘nerd bow ties’ as they were called) came from a junk store.


All I had to do with glue gun them on.


Press firmly.




Perhaps if I click my heels together at the end of the night I can avoid paying for a taxi home?

Fun fact: Did you know that in L. Frank Baum’s original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wore silver shoes? The movie’s creators changed them to ruby to take advantage of the new Technicolor film process (thanks Wikipedia!).

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6 Responses to DIY ruby slippers

  1. myhartjie says:

    I want to wear those. Like, to work. Looks great – post your Dorothy outfit!

  2. emmalouise says:

    I was originally thinking of going as Dorothy! That dress is super cute!

    • Bec says:

      What are you going as now Em?

      • emmalouise says:

        I was going to go as my mum but with a twist. I was going to emulate a picture of me when I was a toddler, dressing up as my mum. The bright, too big dress, too big shoes, pig tails, a big ol’ hand bag and hat, excessive amounts of beads and blue eyeshadow with messy red lippy.
        But my partner got given notice at his work, so his parents have come up this weekend for a visit. So I’m spending the evening with them instead. Nothing like family after these past few months! Will be gutted to miss it though, but I’ll be able to see all the costumes in photos

  3. Le Fanciulle says:

    I actually LOVE those heels. As in, I want them. Make me some? 😉

    Steph x

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