If Barbie doll shoes were real women’s shoes we’d be going wild with excitement! Are you kidding? What woman wouldn’t want to own a collection of pumps, sandals, sling-backs, mules and heels like Barbie owns? If there are a lot of Barbie doll shoes at your house you might be delighted to find out that you can wear some of them! Alas, you won’t be able to wear them on your feet but you can wear them on your arms and ears! Make jewelry from Barbie doll shoes and you’ll have the coolest bracelets and earrings around!
You know how you put two socks in the laundry but only one comes back? It seems Barbie doll shoes fall into the same “missing sock” category of mysteries. It seems you can always find one shoe but not the other. Those single shoes work great for creating a charm bracelet any little girl would love.
Use a simple link bracelet to create the Barbie doll shoe jewelry. Purchase tiny jewelry-making rings to hang the shoes from the bracelet. You’ll find the rings, in a pack containing many, at most any craft store. You’ll also need a pair of needle nose pliers. Don’t panic because you have to use a hand tool; it’s really easy to add the metal rings to the bracelet.
For high heels, pumps, sneakers and other shoes that have a heel, hold a small-diameter nail with the pliers, and hold the pliers with a potholder. Heat the nail and push it through the center of the back of the heel to create a hole for the metal ring. Open a ring, slide the shoe onto it, then clasp the ring around a link in the bracelet. Be sure to leave the same amount of links between each shoe.
When hanging sling-backs on the bracelet simply slide the ring through the sling. For shoes that are made like clogs, with just a strap that goes across the top of the foot, thread the metal ring through that strap. Or, poke a hole through the toe of the shoe, going in from the top of the shoe through the bottom, but stay close to the edge of the toe.
Follow the same steps to make a necklace as you did to make the bracelet. To make the earrings, though, you’ll need two identical shoes. Poke the hole in the shoe, slide the ring through, then clamp the ring through the hole in the earring hardware.
If you don’t have a metallic bracelet to use you can simply braid some yarn or twine together. Tie a string through each shoe then tie it through the braids of the bracelet. This cheaper version is easy to make and perfect for little girls!