Crafts Ideas With Rhinestones

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Crafts Ideas With Rhinestones
Embellish your summer sandals with flat-backed gems. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can use rhinestones to add glitz to all kinds of items. Some rhinestones are designed so that you can sew them onto fabrics, while hot-fix crystals are made to be ironed onto your clothes and accessories. Use ready-made rhinestone motifs or create your own templates. You can use glue to stick rhinestones in place, or find self-adhesive stones. Decorate your shoes, purse and mobile phone with rhinestones.

Sparkling Shoes

Rhinestones can add sparkle to any kind of footwear. Glue a few rhinestones along your sandal straps, or add a small motif to give canvas shoes some glamour. Glue rhinestones in different sizes, shapes and colours to plain-coloured pumps; use identical crystals on both shoes and match all of the positions, or create an asymmetric look by using different gems on either shoe. For a subtle approach, add rhinestones to the base of your shoe.

Customised Electronics

You can cover almost any gadget with rhinestones. Cover your pocket calculator with glittering gems. Customise the back of your mobile phone with decorative gems; use different colours to form patterns such as abstract geometric designs, a picture of a favourite character or your initials. Turn your MP3 player into a work of art. Use the smallest crystals to jazz up a thumb drive. Don't use iron on stones on electronic items as the heat may damage them.

Wall Art and Ornaments

With patience, you can use rhinestones to create decorative items for your home. You can find blank carnival masks to embellish yourself; craft stores and toy stores often sell these, or you can make a blank mask yourself with cardboard or paper-mache. Paint your mask and adorn it with feathers, ribbon and rhinestones. Hang it on your wall or from a shelf. You can also decorate small boxes with rhinestones or glue rhinestones to the clothes of figurines.


You can use rhinestones to create your own jewellery. You can find blanks for rings and pendants in craft stores, or recycle old or broken jewellery. Glue a single large rhinestone into a ring back, brooch pin or pendant blank, or make designs with smaller stones. Decorate a plain barrette with rhinestones. Make a choker from a length of ribbon; glue or sew a large rhinestone in the centre. Make pendants or earrings from polymer clay; when the clay is baked and cooled, you can decorate them with small rhinestones.

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