I recently purchased the Cricut (which is dangerous because I already have SO MANY projects I want to create with it)…. For my first major DIY I decided to create another pair of butterfly heels… but with a twist!!! I have another wedding to attend for my bestie Justine and figured this was the perfect excuse to do so!
What You Will Need:
- Heels with backing: Any heels with a backing to attach the butterflies to will work! The heels I purchased are from Amazon, linked
- Cricut Explore Air 2: You’ll need basic weeding / burnishing tools
- Black Permanent vinyl: Purchased on amazon, linked here.
- Vinyl Fabric: I used the extra vinyl fabric from my original pair of butterfly heels, it was originally purchased from the Cosplay section of Joann Fabric!
- E6000 glue: Purchased at Michaels, linked here.
- Awl: To poke holes in the back of your shoe.
- Brads: Purchased at Joann Fabric. Purchase either large or small depending on how obvious you want the ‘studs’ to look.
- Moleskin: To protect your heels from the inside of the brads.
Step 1: Create Butterfly Templates
I’m extra so I drew out a custom butterfly design on Procreate. I sketched the general outline of the butterfly which would be the base on the Vinyl fabric as well as a more intricate design for the black overlay.
Step 2: Import Designs to the Cricut Design space
I duplicated each base butterfly and detailed butterfly design 8 times: Half facing one way and mirrored half to face the other. 16 in total.
Step 3: Cut on the Cricut and Hand Weed Each Butterfly.
The base butterflies were very easy to weed while the black outer layer took a little more time.. however I think the end result was completely worth it! For basic cricut tutorials check out youtube: I literally just bought my cricut last week and that’s how I taught myself how to use it!
Step 4: Glue the Base Butterflies Together
Of course I used my go-to e6000 craft glue and glued everything except the flaps as those will be used to attach it to the heel.
Step 5: Put Holes in the Shoe
Using your awl tool, puncture 6 holes into the back of each shoe.
Step 6: Attach Butterflies to the Shoes
Use 6 brads on each shoe to attach the flaps: the inside flaps will use the same brad.
Step 7: Apply Moleskin to the Inside of the Shoe
Don’t skip this step: it’s to prevent scratching from the brads!