DIY LIGHT UP SHOES | Make Thrift Buy #25

Hi! Welcome to Make Thrift Buy, a show where
you send me pictures of clothing that you’ve found on the internet, and I try to recreate
them. About 2 weeks ago, Jacky Owen sent me this
picture of these LED light-up shoes, and challenged me to recreate them. And at first, I was totally
skeptical – I thought that you would need a degree in electrical engineering or at least
some basic knowledge of how electronics work – which I don’t have – to be able to recreate
these. But no. No no no! Guess what? I then came up with a way of making light
up shoes that doesn’t require any knowledge of electronics, that should actually be really
easy…? I think? I mean – I don’t want to talk too soon, because I haven’t tried it
out yet, but I think these are going to work really well. So – let’s begin! I started out by getting myself a pair of
shoes. And I didn’t own any shoes that were appropriate
for this project, but I found these for $10 at the thrift shop… and gave them a little
clean before putting them on my table. For this project, I chose shoes that are hi-tops
and have a large tongue. The first thing I did was to measure around
the circumference of the shoes. This came out at 25 and a half inches, or
65 centimeters, so the lights I get will need to be at least this long. The next thing I did was to find myself some
“LED strip lights”. These are strips of lights with adhesive backing
that you’re actually, apparently, able to cut up.
Because I don’t really understand how electronics work, I made sure to get a set that already
had a battery box attached, so I wouldn’t have to do any connecting of wires.
The strip lights are also waterproof, which I figured would be a good idea seeing as I
want to put them onto shoes. Because the lights came in either 50, 100
or 150 cm, and the circumference of my shoes is 65cm, I chose the 100cm lights. And I got
two sets, because I have two shoes. So, when the lights arrived, I checked that
they worked – each set required 3 double A batteries. Awesome! They also came with this clicker to let me
change modes and colours. So now I just have to figure out the best
way of getting all of this onto these shoes. So the first thing I needed to do was cut
the lights down to the right size. So I looked this up in HEAPS of places whether
or not you could cut these, and all the websites I found said yes, you can, but – I’m still
terrified about cutting through something with wires in it. So… here goes nothing. Oh thank goodness, they didn’t explode.
But do they still work?? YESSSSS. ALRIGHT! So, on the inside of the shoe, I’m
going to super glue the clicker down. So I basically just put a bit of super glue
on the back, and I held it down onto the shoe for a couple of minutes. Now, the strip lights also have this adhesive
on the back – I just have to peel the backing paper off first.
I connect the lights back up to the clicker, and using both the adhesive on the back of
the lights, AND some super glue to make SUPER sure that they’ll stay on, I attach the
lights all the way around the base of the shoe. And once that’s done, I need to figure out
what to do with this battery pack. I thread it up into the shoe like this, and
I think that I’m going to make a pouch for the battery pack on the inside of shoe’s
tongue. So I grab myself some fabric that’s similar
to what the shoe is made out of – this is just some scrap PVC fabric that I had lying
around. I draw a rectangle around my battery pack,
with about an extra inch on each side and cut this out.
Now I also don’t want the battery pack to be uncomfortable while I’m wearing the shoes,
so I’m going to put some batting into the inside of the pouch. I used some fabric glue
to stick some folded-up batting onto the back of the PVC material. Then I place this bit of fabric onto the inside
of the shoe’s tongue. I use to needle and thread to sew it on down the sides like this,
and then after making sure that the battery actually fits inside, I sew the bottom of
the pouch down like this. And while sewing, I made sure not to stick
my needle all the way through the whole shoe tongue – just through this inside layer
of fabric, because I don’t want the stitches to be visible from the outside of the shoe. I then make a little closing for the pouch
with another small rectangle of PVC – which I attach like this.
And then I glue on some Velcro strips so that the pouch can open and close like this.
Now, I just need to make this wire here a little bit less visible.
So basically what I do is to cut out another strip of black PVC, wrap it around the wire,
and glue it down onto the shoe, again using my good friend superglue. So – do the shoes work? [Loud dubstep music] [Grocery store sounds and shopping centre
music] “hmmm, beans…” [Loud dubstep music resumes] So – my conclusion is a definite: Make!
[scissor snipping sound effect] If you want light-up shoes, make these for
yourself because it’s actually really easy and pretty cheap to do. [Dubstep music resumes] Okay, so I just want to add a little addendum
to this video. So I made these shoes about a week ago now and, um, I kinda wanted to
road test them and see how they lasted. And I’ve worn them a few times and unfortunately,
while it’s all good around here, the lights stopped working here.
And I’ve figured out it’s actually because of how my foot bends when I walk, it’s actually
kind of torn the connector between the LED lights here, and it’s just with this shoe
– the other one is still totally fine. So, these are actually just too cool, and
I need to buy more [lights] and fix this – I know how I can fix this but it is going to
require me buying more lights. But, if you are going to try this out, what I’m going
to be doing is just placing this strip of lights more strategically around the shoe
so that the bit that joins the different LED light sections isn’t where my foot is going
to be bending. OR use shoes like flatforms (creepers) whose soles won’t bend at all.
So I hope that’s a helpful tip if you do try these out yourself.
And if you do try this out then hashtag with #diyannika – because I’d absolutely LOVE to
see how you go! Give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed
it, and I’ll see you all next time. Bye!


  • those shoes you bought are really sweet. for real I'd buy those and wear them every day

  • Hearing "how did I go" is a strange way of wording it to me, I think it's because I'm American ?

  • i love it

  • Hack! Get an extra long wire for the battery pack and put it in your pants pocket!

  • I know this is an old video but maybe instead of an led light strip with a chunky battery box, you could've gotten one with a charger, so you only have to charge them once in a while

  • Er… $30 gets you a new pair off eBay

  • I bet when she goes to the thrift this happens. "oh crap, Carl she's here." "Marry… HIDE THE CLOTHES HIDE THE FABRIC AND CLOSE THE SHOP." "CARL ITS TOO LATE."



  • wouldn't it make a little more sense to cut open the tongue of the shoe and stick the battery pack in there? one you would need less extra fabric two, it would hide the pack better and three it probably wouldn't look as clunky on that part of the shoe. Idk if it would work well cuz you'd have to sew the tongue back up and that could be hard but yea

  • You should do embroidered converse/shoes!!!!!

  • slay girl slay

  • Omg!!! Im totally making those!!!!l since I'm a broke teen wanting some cool clothes and shoes

  • you are brilliant!

  • Like

  • for the cord i would have poked a hole right above the rubber part of the shoes and ran it inside the shoe tried to run the wire under the lining of the shoe.. the wire then would be less noticeable.. I would also suggest some kind of safe seal over the light strip…

  • What you ain't fat (I watched the dear skinny people and saw your comment lol ?)I am over weighted ?

  • te amo gracias

  • hay unos zapatos iguales originales y mejor echos en Internet y solo valen $15.00

  • I just found a pair of these at Goodwill for $3.50. Lol

  • open the tcheka

  • adorei seu canal. Amo que ele tem legenda em PT-BR

  • I'm going to do this but I have a couple ideas to completely hide the electronics.

  • ban cho em mot doi o bien hoa dia chi 195/2a khu pho 2 phuong trong dung

  • Hayley Williams copied you taht dumo

  • Saddest thing abou these shoes is that consumers will just throw them away in the trash and not recycle the electronics.

  • me encanta lo que haces

  • New shoes on the table!!

  • Woah I did not now It was posible

  • Hey

  • i love it!

  • in this one I would have to agree with most of the coments here… I also think you better buy this ones… the finish look is not as clean as I wish they were and the battery it's to big to carry and they broke…. it's ok to admit defeat once in a while…. this should have been a buy not a make…

  • cool!

  • I really want to make myself a pair but terrible at stitching what else would you reccomend to hold the battery pack on the inside bearing in mind id be wearing theese for my 10 hour shift at work walking nonstop thanks HUGE FAN ♡

  • LOVED your dancing in the alley. You rock ??

  • I wanted to do this for converse but it was annoying and bulky. Mostly good for the kind of shoes she wore for it 😐

  • first

  • i would cover the strips in a clear waterproof plastic strip to protect them

  • mmm alguien habla español, no?, ok

  • I would not rock them in public looks very cheap and lights break easily

  • I am definitely going to make it

  • haz un canal en español

  • i bought mine for only $10+ lmao

  • 4:53 – 5:02 YE ALDI!

  • Что с лицо на 0:22

  • So roughly $34 but like wasn't there an eBay thing that came on screen that says $34


  • wow osam??

  • I literally bought a pair of these for 15$

  • Dobrze by było gdyby jeszcze zasłonić te przewody i Ledy

  • Omg I love your content and your sense of humor

  • Hmm. Beans.

  • No en tiedo CE de sus por CE

  • Today’s my birthday and can I get them

  • pense que hablaba español esta chica pero no resulto ser una que habla ingles pero lo bueno es que ya tengo zapatos de luces
    ni se para que puse este video?¿

  • I would use tap soles glued on to the bottom and make these into awesome tap shoes!

  • those came out so cool! now i want a pair haha.

  • Hi!! I loved the video! I was wondering if you Could do this type of thing yourself, and sure enough !! I added the video to @Artalks Blog on Facebook, @Stellamudpies (FB) ! Thank you for the DIY Tip!

  • Well hot damn! My mother would have made me all the light up shoes if this were around 20 years ago! I love this!!!!

  • "hmmm beans" lmao

  • Use fiber optic filament it might work better they used it in Tron rob led could light up one fiber.

  • ive seen alot of these sold to kids at mall kiosks and im not entirely sure how often its been reported but some light up shoes had thier lithium battery explode.

  • AWESOME!!!!!

  • I had a pair of "shop-boughten" light-up shoes that were pretty cheap, as I have Aussie Size Adult 2-3, so I got them in the kid's section of Payless!!! But it looks like a fun project – Also, it's really good if you go jogging or walking at night & you're wearing dark clothes – it makes you much more visible to drivers! Plus, you look kinda nerdy-cool!

  • Hahahahahaha were u at Aldi?

  • I want some light up shoes please ????????????

  • I wish there were thrift shops in Germany ????‍♀️?

  • Mmmm
    Beans ???

  • To everyone who is saying the price was close to the online ones ect…as Annika has spoken about on multiple occasions, Make, Thrift, Buy is so you don't contribute and buy from fast fashion and cheap online stores whose products are probably made in bad conditions in sweat shops. This was you still get the shoes without contributing to this bad system.

  • This is 2 years old ?! Ahhh I remeber this so much ! This was the first video by you I watched, Im so glad I did !!!

  • Heels!!!!

  • Love it!

  • Hmmm,,, beanz

  • I am worried about knocking my foot on something and breaking the lights? Because the shoes you buy have the plastic part that protects the lights.. idk

  • currently trying to make good looking platform shoes, with a hidden compartment to put like money in but i’m having trouble with how, any ideas?!

  • great vid, the shoes aren't really my style but if have trouble finding shoes to fit you, shoe style or the colour of the shoes this would make a compromise. Great the shoe fit, style and colour you want and then add the lights in a way that works for you. Handy for some occasions.

  • They’re so cool ?

  • So I thought you wanted to be sure the battery was comfortable as in the battery having feelings XD I’m not sure why I need more sleep

  • I laughed my ass off at "hmm, beans" idk why it just got me

  • BAAM

  • not a make thrift buy but maybe upcycle a pinafore? (aka malaysia's secondary school uniform)

  • i want a light shoes i am a kid i want size 8

  • The cut away from music video to beans in a grocery store gave me life. Love your videos!

  • Beansssss

  • Forgive me for not reading through 3,000 comments, but hopefully this shows up for anyone who wants to make them: you can get LED strips like this that pull apart at the joins instead of being cut; that might be a good solution for people who have a strong bend in their shoes from where they walk. (You'd just end up reconnecting the LEDs, rather than replacing them.)

  • anybody realize she couldve just bought one pack of 150 cm since one shoe was 65 cm. And 65*2 = 130?
    Instead of buying 2x 100 cm?

  • definitely a buy, but awesome job!
    can u do rococo ball gown or Lolita

  • I got mine in lidli for €15

  • Hy. I think that u have nice pussy. Snd me you Pussy photo pls. I want to Fuck your pussy

  • Cool video and shoes light up your world. LOL ?XO?XO?XO?XO?

  • Or maybe you can go to Walmart and buy them for $9.

  • I think it might have been a good idea to roughen up the rubber a bit, either by sanding it or by scoring it with a knife

  • hmmmmm beans

    big mood

  • Hmmm…. beanz….. ???

  • it looks bad. the light is not protected and the battery is hidden is not very convenient. Sexycyborg make it better

  • Hehe why come you make weed lol well is hehe

  • Very well done ?

  • U had to buy 2batries boxes?supprately

  • You did Great!!!!!

  • 0;22
    can someone show me link?

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