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Home Guides Home Home Improvement DIY How to Make a Centerpiece Using a High Heeled Shoe A classy, high heeled shoe makes a unique centerpiece for a New Year’s Eve party.

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Nothing says sexy with just the right touch of mystery and class like a high heeled shoe. Just as those tiptoeing accessories add a special flair to a formal evening ensemble, they can also brighten your table as an intriguing centerpiece. Select a high heeled shoe that matches your party’s theme: a ruby red sequined slipper for a movie themed party, a crystal studded, high heel sandal for a charity gala or satin bridal shoes for a pre wedding shower. A masterful high heeled table display will bring that fabulous footwear to eye level, allowing leisurely appreciation by all your guests.

1Position the high heeled shoe on the disposable plastic platter so that it’s roughly centered. Adjust it so that the position is pleasing to your eye. Mark the position of the heel on the plastic tray with a pencil and draw an outline on the tray around the toe.

2Warm a 1 cubic inch piece of modeling clay in your hands until it is easy to mold. Work the clay into a rounded ball; press it into place on the tray on the marked heel position. Press the clay firmly enough that it spreads out and grips the tray, but still mounds up at least 1/2 inch.

3Work another piece of modeling clay into a flat pancake shape slightly larger than the toe of the high heel shoe. Press the flat piece of clay over the toe outline on the disposable plastic tray so that it sticks to the tray but is still at least 1/4 inch thick.

4Press the shoe into the clay in the position you chose previously. Squeeze the clay firmly around the bottom of the heel to provide stability to the shoe in case someone bumps the table.

5Drape the piece of velvet material around the shoe, covering the tray and hiding the modeling clay but leaving the shoe exposed. Tuck any raw edges of the material underneath.

6Sprinkle bits of glitter lightly over the velvet material.

Things You Will Need Disposable plastic platter High heeled shoe Modeling clay 1/4 yard velvet material

Tips You can use hot glue instead of modeling clay, which will hold the shoe more firmly, but first ensure that the heat won’t melt your plastic tray or your shoe. Select a contrasting color of fabric to best show off the shoe. Black, white, silver and gold are classic posh colors, but other colors may display your shoe better. Silk fabric may work better with the shoe you select. Always take the shoe with you when selecting the draping material. Avoid busy fabrics that will distract from viewing the shoe. Generally, use a solid colored material for draping. Instead of glitter, use confetti for a New Year’s Eve theme or white rice for a wedding theme. Consider displaying a product inside the shoe for commercial parties such as small bottles of liquor, perfume or beauty care products. To prop up an object in the shoe, first stuff the shoe with a silk handkerchief to match your draping material.

Resources (1) A. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in biology from Wayne State University.

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