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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Pimp Your Bedroom with Flatback Rhinestones

Do you want to find new ways to revamp your bedroom? Instead of switching sheets, putting on drapes, and repainting your furniture, why not try some rhinestone crafts? Here are some ideas on how to pimp your bedroom with flatback rhinestones:

Flatback Frames

Refurbish your plain picture and mirror frames with some shiny stones. Highlight your captured memories with assorted rhinestone patterns. Decorate your mirror with colorful twinkling stones that can perfectly complement the twinkle in your eyes every day.

Shimmering School Supplies

Instead of settling for dull school or office supplies, why not transform them into instant statement pieces? Affix the rhinestones all over your penholders, paperweights, tape dispensers, book stoppers, and whatever else you can think of! You can even recycle–turn old cans into a cute penholder with rhinestones and ribbons, or stiff cardboards into a bejeweled monogram book stopper.

Sparkling Jewelry Box

What better way to store your jewels than in a box studded with gems itself? Make a sparkling home for your accessories by making a whimsical jewelry box or organizer. Again, you can recycle! Score a simple box, divide it into compartments, and decorate the lid and sides.

Twinkling Headboards or Wall Hangings

Embed flashy rhinestones onto your headboard. Don’t want to mess with your headboard? No problem! Make an artsy wall hanging instead. Use various pattern books as guide, or create a crafty masterpiece of your own.