How to Make Rhinestone Letters

Updated November 21, 2016

Rhinestones are small acrylic, glass or lead crystals which have been cut to resemble jewels. Types of rhinestones include Swarovski and Preciosa Machine Cut, both of which have individually cut and polished facets, as well as acrylic or plastic rhinestones made from moulds. Rhinestones are available in a variety of colours and sizes and can be simply used at home to make decorative letters.

Create a template by printing your chosen letter on paper in the font and size you like. Alternatively, do this in a word processor on your computer and print it out for a wider variety of fonts and more precision. Rhinestone letter templates are also available online for purchase.

Cut your letter design out of the paper to make a stencil and use a marker to trace the letter onto the object you are decorating. If you are decorating fabric, use hot fix rhinestones, which are specifically formulated for adhering to fabric.

Place the rhinestones into a shallow dish. Use several dishes if you are using a variety of colours.

Pick up a rhinestone with tweezers. Place a small amount of glue on the flat side of the crystal and place it at one end of the traced letter.

Repeat Step 4 until the entire letter is covered in rhinestones.

Allow your rhinestone letter decoration to dry completely.


Less expensive rhinestones, such as acrylic, are lower in quality and often inconsistent in how they are cut, leading to varying degrees of shine.


If decorating fabric, exercise caution when using heat.

Things You'll Need

  • Rhinestones
  • Tweezers
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Rhinestone glue
  • Shallow dish
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