Tips for Applying Rhinestones to Sneakers

Applying gorgeous rhinestones to a pair of drab sneakers is a great way to give your kicks some much needed pizazz. The best part is that the process is much easier than it sounds, especially if you fancy yourself a budding fashion designer or if you are great at arts and crafts.

All you really need are a good number of rhinestones, special rhinestone glue, and your creativity. Once you’ve gathered all these items, it’s simply a matter of sticking the rhinestones to your shoes and waiting 48 hours for the glue to dry. For the best results, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Smaller Stones

When purchasing rhinestones, smaller stones are the best option as larger stones have a higher chance of falling off due to the extra surface area. Smaller stones also give you more freedom with their placement.

Clean Shoes

Clean the area you plan to place rhinestones by using rubbing alcohol. Dust prevents glue from bonding properly, which leads to rhinestones falling off as you walk in your new shoes.

Glue Pens

If you see yourself doing this often, invest in a good glue pen! This tool allows you to apply glue more accurately, to the point that you can craft designs with the pen itself. The back end also allows you to pick up and set rhinestones perfectly, not to mention keep glue away from your fingers.


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