Tuesday, December 7, 2010

DIY: Tac-dazzle Wedges

Jeffrey Campbell Tick
On the left: Jeffrey Campbell Eyebrow; On the right: DIY version

I had been eyeing the Jeffrey Campbell Tick for a while online.  They were sold out foreverrr, but then a closed toed version called the Eyebrow popped up. I finally took the plunge and ordered a pair in the tribal print.  While I will always love me some JC, I realized when the shoes arrived that they were basically a nice pair of wedges with tacks stuck in the platform.  For $165 (yikes I know!), it seemed a little steep.  Today's DIY is a simple way to get that Jeffrey Campbell look for a fraction of the price.

What you need:
-a pair of black wedges (mine were $25 from urbanog.com, try these from forever21 ) You can even use a pair of platform heels you already own.
-metal tacks (I used about 800)
-super bionic thumbs (they will probably be sore for a couple of days afterwards)
-A couple of hours (I did one shoe on a saturday afternoon, and one today in-between classes)

-Make sure that you get large packs of tacks- the bigger, the better. I made the mistake initially of getting packs of 40 from the hardware store and had to go back when I ran out, and then I caused the store to run out. Staples sells them in packs of 200 and at $2.50/pack, a much better deal.
-When you press tacks in, they should overlap slightly.
-This DIY is easy in that all you're doing is pressing tacks into a shoe, but hard in that it requires patience! Take breaks and listen to fast paced music :)

Push the first tack in at the top of the platform heel. Make a straight line going down the back, and tap with hammer where needed.

STEP 2: 
Tack a row along the top of the platform, going all the way around the shoe.

Tack 2 more rows under the one you just made. Again, hammer as needed.
Tack a row along the bottom of the platform, all the way around the shoe
STEP 5: 
Continue tack rows under the top 3 you made earlier until you've filled in all the space.

STEP 6: 
Repeat with other shoe, and you're done!

Happy Tacking!


  1. Super Bionic thumbs!! BAHAHHAHA!! Love it! And DANG! Those things turned out amazingly! You mind if I post a picture or two on my blog and link it to your fabulous post?

    Happy {totally taking your genius idea} Day!


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  3. Wow! Nice job on the wedges, very impressive end result! Just discovered your blog by the way and really enjoying it. X

  4. they look awesome! great job, cool blog

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  5. Gooooshhhhh!!! they look FABULOUS!!!! I love them!!! I think I'll do it!!! love iiittt!! I've just gone crazyyyy!!!

    I wanna end my exams now, I've got a lot of DIY things to do!!


  6. that is an amazing DIY, seriously! your 'new' boots are amazing!

  7. Wow, honeeyy! nice job. no one would actually notice.

  8. This is a great post! I love your creativity! Thanks for sharing xoxo

    Pink Stilettos

  9. I like yours better than the Campbell ones!

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  10. Amazing!! I am wowed by your creativity! really nice job ;-)

  11. Wow, I actually thought they were the real deal before reading your post! Well done :) NHG x


  12. Wow I give your props! Great job! I just came across your blog, I liked it very much, and your style as well. I will follow you for sure now! :)



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