How to Rhinestone Shoes

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How to Rhinestone Shoes
Any size rhinestone or jewel can be added to your shoes to create a new look. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Customising your shoes using rhinestones offers versatility and a little sparkle to your step. They can be applied in a pattern or all over the shoe to get an enhanced, glitter effect. A few tools are needed for precise application of rhinestones and these tools can be used repeatedly for future projects.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Flat back rhinestones
  • Small tray
  • Jewel setter or tweezers
  • Syringe for glue application
  • E-6000 or other maximum strength craft glue
  • Pen, pencil or safety pin (if using a pattern)

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  1. 1

    Select a pattern. Decide whether you will use a pattern for your rhinestones or if you'd like to cover your shoes completely. If using a pattern, use a pen or safety pin to apply small dots where the rhinestones will be applied. Anything can be used as a pattern, letters, designs or any number of shapes. Patterns are also available online. Search for "Rhinestone Patterns" in your favourite search engine. Print out the pattern on computer paper and cut around the edges of the pattern.

  2. 2

    Trace the pattern onto the shoe. Using a pen, pencil or safety pin, pierce through the paper in small dots along the lines of the pattern, lifting a corner of the paper slightly to check your progress as you go. Skip this step if you are not using a pattern.

  3. 3

    Add the adhesive in small sections. Add glue to the syringe and dab a layer of glue to your shoe, starting with a small section.

  4. 4

    Select the rhinestones. With the jewellery setter or magic pik, pick up one rhinestone at a time and carefully place on the glued section of the shoe.

  5. 5

    Apply the rhinestones in the pattern you've selected or if you are adding rhinestones all over, make sure they are applied close together, leaving no gaps. Periodically check your progress to ensure a smooth application. Continue adding glue and rhinestones until the shoes design is complete or the entire shoe is covered. As you continue to work, you can apply glue to larger sections, but don't want to rush your application process just to get the rhinestones on before the glue dries.

  6. 6

    Review your work. Hold the shoe up to the light and look for any gaps or mistakes. Fixing any mistakes while the adhesive is not completely set is much easier than noticing a mistake down the line.

  7. 7

    Allow the shoes to dry. Adhesive will dry to the touch quickly, but allow your shoes 24 hours to completely set before wearing them out to show off your new shoes to your friends.

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