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Somehow, while cruising the internet for gift ideas for the holidays, I stumbled upon (and subsequently fell in love with) the Marc Jacobs mouse ballerina flats. Unfortunately, I’m a girl perpetually on a budget and even though this is the season of generosity and overspending I just couldn’t convince my frugal self to shell out $200 bucks for those adorable flats.

The ensuing disappointment quickly transformed into DIY determination. With a little time and careful planning, I created these for under $20. Most of the supplies I had on hand. I only had to buy the shoes and buttons.

Hindsight is 20/20: if I were to make these again, I would glue the eyes on rather than sewing buttons. I think the buttons protrude a little too much and alter the overall look. Otherwise, I’m quite happy with the way they turned out.