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Bead Embellished Homecoming Shoes

By: Dena Lenham for Kreinik

Here’s a way to transform inexpensive prom shoes into beaded, embroidered trendy accessories. You can customize your shoes to match your outfit for a prom, homecoming dance, wedding or any fancy occasion. The secret is in the heavy-duty double-sided Treasure Tape—and it’s a lot cheaper than buying shoes from a specialty boutique.

Bead Embellished Homecoming Shoes


  • Plain dress shoes
  • 8” X 10” sheet of Treasure Tape™
  • Kreinik #12 Braid to match your outfit (we used 003 Red)
  • Diamond Beadlets
  • Shallow pan or tray


  1. Remove the white backing and lay the sheet of Treasure Tape on the top front of your shoe. Remove any air bubbles with your fingers, or prick with a pin/needle.
  2. Trim the tape so that just the front top of your shoe is covered.
  3. Remove the red liner to expose the sticky top.
  4. Lay any large sequins or feathers first, then begin thread decorating by curling or “writing” with the #12 Braid.
  5. When thread embellishing is complete, lay the shoe in a shallow pan and cover all remaining sticky areas with Diamond Beadlets.

Kreinik threads available through needlework stores or 

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Never heard of treasure tape but I love what it has done to these plain shoes. They went from blah to glam in no time at all.. Wow so easy and so fast. Is this tape still being used today? Is it still called treasure tape? Where can I find it? This is a must tutorial for anyone wanting to make a change in some shoes you are tired of. What fun you can have. I love it.

I think this is a great idea. I am not familiar with Treasure Tape and some of the other trim you use. I will do some research and see if I cn find them. This is just a jumping off point for creativity. I'm invisioning all kinds of shoe inhancements I may try. Thanks.


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