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Swarovski Rhinestones 101

Have you been bitten by the sparkle bug? Rhinestone addiction is serious business! Whether you’re new to the rhinestone game or you’re an experienced “Bling Master”, we’ve prepared a crash course in rhinestone types and how you can use them to create the best projects possible (and the most glittery!).

A (Mercifully Brief) History of Rhinestones

Centuries ago, rock crystals were harvested from the river Rhine in Austria and used in jewelry making. Since then, diamond-esque crystals have been produced from crystal glass, among other materials. Due to their river origins, the name “rhinestones” stuck, and folks have been using them to jazz up everything from Elvis’ jumpsuits to Michael Jackson’s glove ever since!

Why Swarovski?

Rhinestones can theoretically be made from many different materials, including acrylic, but the lower the material quality, the lower the quality of the rhinestones. Part of what makes a rhinestone so special is its sparkly nature, and lower quality materials create a duller stone.

Swarovski has been manufacturing rhinestones since the 19th century, when the company developed a technique for precision cutting. In comparison to other rhinestones, Swarovski uses higher quality lead crystal glass that has a higher lead content. This matters because the lead actually impact light refraction. In normal people speak, that just means the rhinestones are more sparkly.

Hotfix Rhinestones

Hotfix rhinestones (sometimes written as “hot fix”) refer to a type of rhinestone that has an adhesive back. The adhesive is heat-activated, which allows you to immediately adhere your rhinestones to the surface.

Hotfix rhinestones are best used in fabric applications and have a flat, foiled back. While hotfix stones are primarily meant for fabrics, you can use them as you would a regular flatback rhinestone by grabbing your trusty E-6000 glue.

There are several different tools you can use to apply hotfix rhinestones:

  • Handheld applicator – The most convenient way to apply hotfix rhinestones, in our opinion, is to use a handheld applicator. These are used specifically for hotfix rhinestones and heat the adhesive while helping you hold the rhinestone steady. Some applicators come with additional tools such as brushes and tweezers to make your work easier. Applicators are relatively inexpensive and are easy to find
  • Household iron – Believe it or not, a household iron you use for your clothes can actually be used to apply heat to hotfix rhinestones to make them stick. It’s not the ideal tool to use, but it will work in a pinch. Be prepared for putting in a little bit of effort.
  • Industrial heat press – To get the best results for hotfix application, you’ll need to get your hands on some industrial equipment—a heat press, to be specific. You definitely don’t need to go out an purchase one if you’re not doing this a lot, but if rhinestones are becoming part of your business, it’s worth considering.
  • Creative methods – While not recommended, it may be worth a mention that in an emergency rhinestone situation where you don’t own an iron, you could possibly even use an electric griddle! Maybe just invest in an iron…

Flatback Rhinestones

Flatback rhinestones refer to a huge class of rhinestones that includes hotfix rhinestones. As you might suspect, flatback rhinestones have a flat side—that’s the side that attaches to your designated project.

Flatbacked rhinestones that are not hotfix stones are applied using a specialized adhesive. Our favorite is E-6000 glue, but there are others on the market. Hotfix rhinestones, as mentioned above, are heat-activated.

One of the best reasons to use a flatback rhinestone is the versatility in terms of use. Because the back is flat, you can apply it to just about anything you can envision. Whether it’s a lampshade, your favorite pair of jeans, or a Mason jar, flatback rhinestones will get the job done.

In terms of projects, you really just need to consider the size of your rhinestones and the surface you’re applying it to. For example, if you have a round object, you might need to use smaller rhinestones to make it work.

Flatback rhinestones come in a huge assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors, and if you’re investing in high-quality Swarovski crystal (which you totally should!), you get an additional option labeled “AB.” AB refers to the unique Swarovski finish applied to rhinestones known as “Aurora Borealis,” which gives the rhinestone a rainbow-y, iridescent effect.

Sew-On Rhinestones

If you’re aware of Liberace, you’re aware of sew-on rhinestones. This style of rhinestone is made for sewing onto fabrics and is often more three-dimensional than a traditional flatback or hotfix rhinestone. This can add to the texture and appeal of a particular garment.

Sew-on rhinestones take a certain amount of skill to apply neatly. The rhinestone will have at least two premade holes that you will sew through to attach to the fabric. In a way it’s like sewing on a button, but you need to take care in choosing the right thread. There’s also an art to sewing in a way that’s secure but not overkill in terms of excess thread.

Needle

When you’re sewing on rhinestones, it’s important to use a beading needle—beading needles are thin and flexible, which will save you a lot of frustration down the line.

Thread

Choosing the right thread is just as important as choosing the right stones. You have a few options, but jewelry thread is recommended. It doesn’t kink and resists abrasion and fraying. Nylon thread generally works well, especially if it’s meant for beading. The lesson to take away from this is that if it’s good for beading, it’s probably good for rhinestones.

Silk thread is a more traditional option. It looks beautiful, but it also has a tendency to fray, which can make it more difficult to thread the needle. It can also snag easily on mounts, which are sometimes used with sew-on rhinestones.

Our inventory updates regularly—be sure to check back and find the perfect rhinestones for your next project. We’ve got a massive selection of sew-on, flatback, and hotfix rhinestones in dozens of colors, including AB stones! In addition, we sell glue, tools, and more.

Rhinestone Projects for Mother’s Day

Springtime means the arrival of flowers, a happy goodbye to cold weather, and the day of the year where we pay extra special attention to our mothers. Mother’s Day is both a celebration of spring and a celebration for one of the most important people in your life.

For some people, that celebration means the gift of flowers or chocolate, but you could make your celebration of Mom even more exciting and dazzling with rhinestones!

We’ve got a few DIY rhinestone projects to choose from to give your mom or a mom in your life a unique surprise.

Rhinestone Flower Vase

Flowers are among the most popular gifts for mothers, and some experts estimate that one quarter of the flower purchases during the year are specifically for Mother’s Day.

With that in mind, we’ve got a project that will make those gorgeous flowers look even more beautiful. We’re going to transform what would be an ordinary vase into a dazzling vessel for a bouquet of flowers.

There are two methods to creating a bling’d out vase: a rhinestone ribbon or a rhinestone-accented vase. You’ll need the following:

  • Glass flower vase, preferably with a smooth surface
  • Small rhinestones in your favorite shape and color
  • Ribbon in a coordinating color

If you want a rhinestone ribbon that you can reuse for different vases, you’ll need a ribbon that’s at least one-quarter of an inch. To determine the length of the ribbon, you’ll want to wrap the ribbon around the neck of the vase two times and add an additional 6-8 inches.

Choose a rhinestone that’s not quite as wide as the ribbon—you’ll want a little bit of space on either side. Use adhesive to glue rhinestones to the ribbon, spacing them approximately 3 inches apart. Keep adding rhinestones until you reach the other end. Carefully wrap the ribbon around the vase and tie in a bow or weave the ribbon under itself.

If you would rather create a sparkling vase sans ribbon, choose flat-backed rhinestones that suit your particular vase of choice. Glue rhinestones to the neck of the vase for a traditional band, or create a pattern of rhinestones on the body of the vase.

Heart Photo Collage

With a simple shadowbox, some family photos, and rhinestones, you can create a beautiful and charming keepsake to give Mom.

The first task for this cute project is to go through your photos and find favorites of your mom and her friends and family—print digital photos if you have them. You’ll also need a shadowbox, which you can find at home and craft stores. Using the shadowbox as a guide, Choose enough photos that can be arranged in a heart shape.

Arrange your photos and trim the edges to create the heart shape—you’ll add rhinestones to further define this edge later on. When you’ve decided on your photo placement, glue your photos to the back of the shadowbox. Wait for the glue to dry completely before the next step.

Now we get to make those photos sparkle. Using flat-backed rhinestones, create a more defined outline of a heart. Reassemble your shadowbox and present it to the mom in your life for Mother’s Day.

Sparkling Apron

Does Mom like to cook? Cooking and baking can get pretty messy, which means an apron might be the perfect gift.

There are tons of options for aprons out there, from frilly and flowery to upcycled novelty fabrics. If you’re particularly crafty, you could even make an apron by hand. Simply check your local sewing shop to find a pattern that you love.

Once you’ve either made or purchased your apron, you’ll want to start thinking about rhinestones. You can put rhinestones just about anywhere, but avoid embellishing the apron strings or any adjustable straps—it will make it more difficult to wear or adjust.

One simple rhinestone idea is to monogram the apron front, or you can find a pattern for any of mom’s favorite things—birds, flowers, pop culture images, you name it!

Sew-on rhinestones will be the most secure and will stand up to washing. Check out our selection of sew-on rhinestones to find the shapes and sizes that are perfect for your apron project.

Monogrammed Tote

Many moms have a lot of stuff to carry around, from laptops to baby things to groceries to books, and a monogrammed tote might be the perfect gift for her.

There are many, many resources online for finding monogram patterns. Check out some of our favorites here.

Some tips for rhinestone monograms:

  • The more script-like the initial, the bigger it needs to be – When your monogram letters get more complex, it becomes harder to see the details the smaller the monogram. In order for the script to stand out, you may need to go bigger. Lettering that’s plainer can be smaller.
  • The surname initial is in the middle of a three-letter monogram – In a traditional monogram, the last name’s initial is the center letter, which is then flanked by the first and middle initial.

When you have selected a tote (or made one, if you’re a sewer), it may help to pencil out your lettering before jumping in with rhinestones. Glue flat-backed rhinestones in a coordinating color to the tote and let them set for 24 hours.

If a sparkly monogram isn’t quite enough glitter for your taste, consider adding rhinestone flowers or polka dots to the tote.

Mom T-Shirt

Coordinating T-shirts can be absolutely adorable, so why not make T-shirts for you and your mom?

Grab two plain T-shirts and some rhinestones. Some ideas for shirt phrases include:

“I Love Mom”/”I’m Mom”

“Grandmas are for Hugging”/”Have You Hugged a Grandma Today?”

If matching T-shirts aren’t quite your thing, try making a simple monogrammed shirt for your mom or grandma. If that still doesn’t strike your fancy, create a rhinestone design of Mom’s favorite things and gift her with a new top for her wardrobe.

An Unbeatable Selection of Rhinestones

Check out The Rhinestone Shop’s selection on rhinestones for your Mother’s Day project, or any other sparkly project you may have. We have a huge selection of colors and shapes of authentic Swarovski crystal rhinestones.

DIY Rhinestone Projects for Easter

After what feels like a long winter, spring finally seems to be arriving! Flowers are starting to bloom, and the sun feels a little bit brighter, and that also means the Easter holiday is upon us.

The gang at The Rhinestone Shop has put together a collection of DIY rhinestone craft projects for the Easter season. Grab your favorite rhinestones and let’s get crafting!

Spring Flowerpot

Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! This beautiful centerpiece project is perfect for those of us who can’t seem to keep plants alive no matter how hard we try. To create a sparkling rhinestone flower centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • Flowerpot, 4-7 inch diameter
  • Floral foam
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Cardstock paper (or heavier weight)
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Rhinestones, assorted colors
  • Easter “grass”

If desired, paint your flowerpot to your favorite color. White or cream can also provide a good base for a colorful bouquet. Trim floral foam to fit the inside of the flowerpot and put the floral foam in place. This will be the base for your “flowers”.

Each skewer will have two paper flowers glued back-to-back to create a stemmed flower. Cut flowers out of cardstock in sets of two. You can then attach your flowers to the top of each skewer. At this point, feel free to paint your flowers.

Rhinestones will add the final touches to your flowers. Use a variety of colors to adorn your stemmed flowers, and arrange them in the pot. Once your flowers are in place, use Easter grass to fluff up the base of your flowers and hide the foam.

Elaborate Eggs

What’s Easter without a few eggs, right? Some of the most beautiful Easter eggs in the entire world are based on colorful Ukrainian eggs known as pysanky. Pysanky have fantastic colors and geometric patterns, and we think those designs are the perfect inspiration for dazzling Easter eggs for a centerpiece.

Instead of the traditional wax and dye method for pysanky, we’re putting rhinestones on painted eggs.

You’ll need:

  • Wooden eggs (found at craft stores)
  • Acrylic paint, assorted colors
  • Rhinestones in a variety of shapes and colors
  • Glue

The idea is to create geometric patterns to create a colorful, sparkling effect similar to that in the pysanky eggs.

The wooden eggs will need to be painted, and you’ll get the most dynamic results by painting the eggs in a rainbow of colors. Paint wide stripes in varying colors as the background for your eggs.

You’ll want to plan out your rhinestone pattern before you start to glue, but we recommend using smaller stones near the top and bottom of the egg and gradually using larger sizes as you meet in the middle.

When the rhinestones are set, repeat until you have enough eggs to set in a bowl for an unusual centerpiece for your Easter table. Alternatively, these eggs make beautiful gifts for children, or you could display your eggs in individual egg cups.

Sparkling Egg Tower Centerpiece

If you’re wanting something a little more dramatic than rhinestone eggs in a bowl, try your hand at a towering egg centerpiece. You’ll need about 8-10 rhinestone eggs, depending on their size.

The egg centerpiece will also require a terra cotta pot that’s roughly 6 inches in diameter. You’ll need floral foam, floral moss, and hot glue.

Start by filling the pot with floral foam, leaving about a ¼” gap at the top. Glue 3-4 eggs around the top of the flowerpot, trying to keep the eggs vertical. If there is a gap in the center, add a piece of floral foam for extra support.

On top of the first layer, stagger another layer of eggs in between each egg at the base. Continue this pattern (and fill the center with floral foam) until you are satisfied with the height. The second to last layer should have three eggs, and the top of the tower will have one egg. Fill in the gaps between all of the eggs with floral moss.

Rhinestone Spring Garland

Garland is a lovely way to add some holiday touches to your home. It’s easy to drape in front of a window or even hang from a chandelier. To make an Easter-themed garland, you’ll need:

  • Stiff felt, assorted pastel colors
  • Rhinestones, assorted colors and shapes
  • Scissors
  • Mini clothespins (found at craft stores)
  • Twine

Cut your stiff felt into assorted spring-like shapes. In this case, simple flowers and eggs will do the trick. These shapes will be the backdrop for your rhinestone designs.

Use different shaped rhinestones to create dazzling patterns on each of your felt shapes. This can be a good time to get kids involved if you are looking for an Easter craft project for the family.

For hanging your garland, cut a piece of twine about a foot longer than where you intend to hang it. Use clothespins to clip your felt shapes to the twine about 4 inches apart from each other.

Springtime Flower Napkin Rings

Planning on having a big Easter meal with the family? Jazz up your table a bit with sparkling napkin rings. You’ll start with a plain napkin ring. You can find these at any store that sells housewares.

Ideally, you’ll want to find napkin rings that don’t already have a lot of adornment. The surface should be fairly smooth so it’s easier to apply your rhinestones. To start, you’ll want to gather together:

  • Napkin rings
  • Rhinestones
  • Stiff felt
  • Glue
  • Scissors

The idea is to create felt roses in assorted colors that are touched up with rhinestones. To make your flowers, you’ll need to cut felt into individual petals. To actually create the flower, start by wrapping some of the petals together fairly tightly to create the flower’s center. Glue the bases together.

Start working your way around the center “bud”, slightly overlapping each petal and gluing them in place. You may want to take the time to “fluff out” the petals to create a flower that looks like it’s blooming. Repeat this process until you have a flower for each napkin ring.

At this point you can start to add your rhinestones! Glue rhinestones to your flowers however you feel will best show them off. Glue the whole flower to the napkin ring, and add a few small rhinestones to the base to cover hide the glue, if necessary.

Check our The Rhinestone Shop’s huge selection of Swarovski crystal rhinestones, which are perfect for all of your holiday craft projects.

DIY Rhinestone Projects for St. Patrick’s Day

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! It’s that time of year when everyone’s a little bit Irish and gold and green are all around. That’s right—it’s time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Now is the time to pull out all of your lucky rhinestones and create some sparkling creations that are both cute and functional. Be sure to check out The Rhinestone Shop’s huge selection of Swarovski crystal rhinestones, available in all shades of green and more!

Looking for some easy DIY rhinestone projects? Check out some of our favorites!

Pot o’ Gold

Gold chocolate coins are a great seasonal treat for your family and friends, but you should have an equally seasonal vessel to hold them! Create your very own pot of gold with just a few simple items:

  • Small terra cotta pot
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Gold flat-backed rhinestones
  • Glue

To get started, you’ll want to paint your terra cotta pot black, just like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The pot you choose should be big enough to hold a reasonable amount of “gold” coins or other treats. Be sure to paint both the inside and outside entirely.

Once the paint is dry, take your flat-backed rhinestones and carefully glue them to the outer top rim of the pot. You’ll want to cover the entire rim with rhinestones. If you’re feeling particularly sparkly, you could create a polka dot effect for the entire pot.

When the rhinestones are in place, fill it with your gold-wrapped candy and you’ll have a sweet little candy bowl with treats for everyone to snack on!

Shamrock Brooch

The traditional symbol of St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock, which represents faith, hope, and love. The four-leaf clover has an extra leaf for good luck. It’s also said that you should wear a bit of green on St. Patrick’s Day to ensure you have luck throughout the year—if you don’t wear green, you might get pinched!

To avoid getting pinched, you can wear this simple shamrock brooch that promises to add a touch of bling to your outfit. You’ll need the following:

  • A 4-inch square of dark leather
  • A brooch pin back
  • Emerald flat-backed rhinestones
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • 2-3 straight pins
  • Shamrock template

Shamrock templates are easy to find online, and you’ll want to find one that’s approximately three inches wide. Cut your template and place it on your piece of leather, holding it in place with a few straight pins. Use scissors to cut the leather in the shape of a shamrock.

Get your rhinestones ready to go and use adhesive to glue emerald rhinestones in place to cover all of the leather. The smaller sized rhinestones you have, the easier it is to get full coverage.

Once your rhinestones are in place, glue the brooch pin back to the backside of the shamrock. Wear your new pin with pride!

Coin Bags

Hosting a St. Patty’s Day party? Give your guests a cute little party favor in the form of a festive pouch filled with chocolate coins.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Small linen favor bags (found at craft stores)
  • Green or gold flat-backed rhinestones
  • Adhesive
  • Chocolate coins

Your favor bags can be decorated with any pattern, but one easy way to bling them out is by arranging your rhinestones in a “shamrock” pattern, which really means putting them in groups of three to create a shamrock effect. Alternatively, you can create polka dots of gold to let your guests know what treat await them.

Irish Headband

Here’s another opportunity to sport a little bit of green! Make an adorable little headband that will add some brightness to your day. Assemble the following:

  • Headband
  • 4-inch square of green stiff felt
  • Shamrock template
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Green rhinestones

Find a shamrock template online that’s approximately 3 inches wide. Print and cut out the template, then place it on the felt. Cut the felt to size.

Take your flat-backed rhinestones and adhere them to the felt shamrock. Once the shamrock is completely covered, clip any excess felt and glue the shamrock to the side of the headband.

All that’s left is to don your St. Patrick’s Day best and add your newest green accessory!

Potted Shamrocks

Need a seasonal centerpiece? Try this easy project that creates a bouquet of sparkling shamrocks. All you’ll need to build this centerpiece is:

  • Terra cotta pot (3-6 inch diameter)
  • Floral foam
  • 20-30 Bamboo skewers
  • Stiff green felt
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Green and gold flat-backed rhinestones
  • Green or gold crinkle filler (found at craft stores)
  • Optional: acrylic paint

To get started, you’ll want to shape your floral foam to fit the terra cotta pot. Try and fill it to as wide as the pot’s diameter. Optionally, you can paint the outside of the pot to whatever color you desire.

For the shamrock flowers, you’ll want to cut out felt shamrocks, and for variety, you can cut out shamrocks of different sizes. However, you’ll want to cut shamrocks in pairs of two; each pair of shamrocks will be the front and back that will top each bamboo skewer.

Once you have cut out all of your shamrocks, glue each pair of felt shamrocks to the top of each bamboo skewer, making sure to glue the shamrocks together.

The next step is to bling out your shamrocks! Use gold and green rhinestones to adorn your shamrocks, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content! The more variety, the more interesting your centerpiece will look at the end.

Try and cover the felt entirely, and then you can start arranging your centerpiece. Stick the skewers into the floral foam and make sure to vary your shamrock placement. Once you have everything in place, you can use crinkle filler to hid the floral foam.

The Best Selection of Rhinestones

The Rhinestone Shop has an amazing selection of rhinestones and nailheads for all of your DIY projects. Be sure to check out our inventory for all things green and gold.

DIY Rhinestone Crafts for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day feels like it’s just around the corner! It’s also the perfect opportunity to pull out your craft supplies and rhinestones and make some fun crafts. Check out these great craft projects to celebrate Cupid’s favorite day!

Heart String Wall Art

Wood, nails, string, and rhinestones help you create this fun DIY Valentine’s project. To get started, you’ll need:

  • Wood plank cut to your desired size – stain or paint if you wish
  • Linoleum nails – one package should be enough
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Heart template
  • Tape
  • Embroidery floss – any color
  • Rhinestones

If you want to paint or stain your wood plank, do that before doing anything else because that’s the base of your project.

Before you can start hammering, you’ll want to find a heart template online and print it out. Carefully cut out your template and tape it to your wood plank.

Carefully hammer in your nails around the heart pattern. Don’t hammer them in all the way because you’ll eventually need to wrap string around the nails. Place nails evenly and fairly close together.

Now come the strings and things! Tie your embroidery floss around one nail, and wrap around each nail to create an outline of your heart. Make sure you use all six strands for a stronger connection—it’s less likely to break.

Use more embroidery floss to start crisscrossing across nails to “fill in” your heart. Make sure you wrap tightly! Once you’re done, tie off the end and snip away the excess. Use flat-backed rhinestones to adorn each individual nail head.

Wood Heart Garland

If you’re the type of person who loves to decorate the whole house for holidays, this heart garland is a wonderful project that you can use each year. The more complicated (and durable) project uses wooden hearts, but you could adapt this using felt.

To get started, gather:

  • Round rhinestones, assorted sizes
  • Flat wooden hearts
  • Drill with a small drill bit
  • String or twine
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint

Paint your wooden hearts with acrylic paint. You’re not restricted to “Valentine’s” colors—use what makes you happy! Use your drill to carefully drill a small hole on each side of the hearts—place the hole higher on the heart, close to the top. The hole should be big enough to fit the string.

Use rhinestones to cover each heart or create patterns on each heart. This is where you can get really creative!

Weave your string through each heart, and tie knots behind each hole to avoid slippage. Hang your heart garland over your windows to celebrate the holiday in style!

Valentine’s Cards with Bling

The industry surrounding Valentine’s Day is massive, and people spend millions each year on flowers, chocolates, and cards. Make things a little more personal by making a card instead of buying one!

Thanks to the scrapbooking hobby, craft stores have huge selections of cardstock and decorative papers to choose from. Choose your favorite papers and get to work!

You’re really only limited by your imagination, but you’ll get a more dynamic card by combining patterns and solid colors and layering them on your card. Double-stick tape is a great method for layering paper.

Use die punches, corner punches, and premade elements to add interest, but when you’re satisfied with your card, add rhinestones to make it extra sparkly and add dimension to the card.

Bouquet Vases

Vases are incredibly easy to create—and incredibly fun! You can use them to hold that special bouquet from Valentine’s Day, or you can make your own arrangements to give to your loved ones.

One of the best parts about this project is that you can use found glassware or glass canning jars. Using something unique gives your vase its special character, and of course, rhinestones always make everything better.

To make a Valentine vase, you’ll need the following:

  • Glass canning jars, or any found jar (taller is better for flowers)
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of color
  • Flat-backed rhinestones in colors that coordinate with your paint color
  • Ribbon (optional)

You’ll paint the outside of your glass jar with either patterns or hearts. You can get creative and paint so that the negative spaces (unpainted areas) show your pattern instead. This is a fairly rustic project, so if it’s not perfect, that’s okay.

Then you can plan your rhinestone placement. The Rhinestone Shop even sells heart-shaped rhinestones, which would be perfect in this application. You could even create a polka dot pattern with your rhinestones.

For a finishing touch, add a ribbon to the neck of the vase. For even more flair, apply small flat-backed rhinestones to your ribbon.

Sparkle and Lace Votive Holders

These pretty little votive candle holders are simple enough to get the kids involved and sophisticated enough to provide an elegant touch to any table.

The supply list is fairly short:

  • Glass votive holders with smooth sides
  • Lace that is the approximate width of the votive holder
  • Flat-backed rhinestones
  • Hot glue
  • Votive candles
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Scissors

The first step is to measure the circumference of the candle holder. Use your tape measure to measure around and write down the length. Use that measurement to measure your lace, and add an extra 1/8” for a small amount of overlap.

Wrap the lace around the votive holder and use a small amount of hot glue at the edges of the lace to attach it to the votive holder. If you’re working with kids, this part is for adults to work on.

The next step is to add your rhinestones. Add small rhinestones to the lace and votive holder, but make sure you don’t cover the lace completely.

Finally, add your candle and enjoy watching the light flicker and bounce off of the rhinestones. Place them on your table for a candlelight Valentine’s dinner.

Be sure to take a look at the Rhinestone Shop’s amazing selection of rhinestones for all of your DIY projects. We have dozens of colors, shapes, and sizes that will allow you to create anything you put your mind to!

Winter Clothes to Bling Out With Rhinestones

Baby, it’s cold outside! If you’re like many others this time of year, you probably need to bundle up before going out into the cold. And if there is one true thing about winter clothes it’s that they’re often dull and, well, boring. You know what we’re going to say—add rhinestones!

Here are some ideas for ways to make your winter a little bit brighter!

Knit Hat

Hats are an absolute must when it’s cold out, but they can be a little tricky to work with, especially if they are knitted. To bling out a knit hat, you’ll want to use sew-on rhinestones instead of hotfix rhinestones.

Sew-on rhinestones will move with the yarn as it stretches, unlike hotfix rhinestones, which run the risk of falling off eventually. So even if your hat has a thick weave, it’s probably better to be safe and use sew-on rhinestones.

There are quite a few ways to jazz up your hat. If your knit hat has vertical welts, stitch vertical lines of rhinestones to the welts. The result looks appropriately sparkly without being over-the-top.

Another way to bling out your hat is to create a brooch to pin to your hat. Use stiff felt as a backing (the same color as your hat) and arrange hotfix rhinestones in your desired pattern. Once they are set, use scissors to carefully snip away the excess felt from the brooch. Glue a pin-back to the back of the piece.

Gloves

There are many different ways to make your gloves more fun.

One simple but effective way to make your gloves dazzle is to create a snowflake motif on the back of the glove hand. If your gloves are knitted, it’s probably a safer bet to use sew-on rhinestones to accommodate for stretching.

If you don’t want to create a snowflake pattern, you could use snowflake-shaped rhinestones. These seasonal rhinestones are perfect when you don’t want to deal with a template.

You can also make “rings” for your gloves. Create a pattern that looks like a jewel and apply it to the ring finger on your glove.

For something a little different, try using rhinestones to make the glove’s fingertips sparkly like bling-ed out nails. If you can’t get enough of rhinestones, you could even go for total coverage like a certain famous pop star.

Scarves and Wraps

Nothing says winter quite like a cozy scarf or wrap. You’ll have to work carefully to avoid putting rhinestones on anything that will come in contact with your neck—that can get uncomfortable!

A dazzling scarf would look beautiful with rhinestones at the ends of the scarf. As always, snowflakes are very seasonal, but you could make geometric designs, swirling patterns, or even a simple gradated effect that looks like falling snow.

Another way to add some sparkle to your scarf is to make a simple scarf clip. Check the jewelry-making section of the craft store for something similar to a hair clip or belt ring. Add rhinestones to the clip (flat-backed and small) and use it to hold your scarf in place.

Sweaters

Sweaters, like hats, can be a little tricky to work with, which is why you’ll need to use sew-on rhinestones for any sweater project.

Sweaters stretch, and sew-on rhinestones will move with the sweater—it will be near impossible for the stones to fall off.

Snowflake designs will make for a beautiful winter scene, but if you want to make a larger project, you could create bare birch trees for a stunning winter motif.

Cardigans offer even more options—you can swap out your buttons for rhinestones or create an asymmetrical pattern to upgrade your cardigan into something new!

If sweaters aren’t your thing, you could use the same techniques for a long-sleeved shirt or a sweatshirt.

Jeans

Jeans aren’t specific to winter, but we would be remiss if we were talking about clothes and didn’t mention denim. Jeans are just practically screaming for rhinestones.

You’ll first want to decide what parts you want to make sparkle. Back pockets are traditional and provide a good working surface, but the front pockets make your jeans pop with excitement.

Back pocket designs can be simple designs and lines, or you could opt for something a little more seasonal. Snowflakes, snowmen, and holly leaves are all great options for seasonal jeans. Use just a few rhinestones along the front pockets.

A fantastic and unique larger project would be to create a snowflake scene down the sides of the legs. Avoid placement directly over the knee—such placement could cause the rhinestones to fall off.

For applying rhinestones to jeans, you’ll want to iron your jeans first and place them on a flat surface. Use flat-backed hotfix rhinestones and plan your pattern before you start to glue. Jeans look good when you use a combination of different sizes, so try to incorporate at least three different sizes or shapes. But beware—it can look cluttered if you incorporate too many different types.

Browse Our Shop!

At the Rhinestone Shop, we have some great choices for any winter rhinestone project. We have snowflake rhinestones in addition to many varieties of blues and whites. In addition, we have stars and other novelty shapes that will add a unique touch to your already unique project.

Be sure to check our inventory for remarkable colors like:

* Chalk white

* Opal white

* Caribbean blue

* Capri blue

* Crystal blue

Of course, you’re not limited to blue and white! We have thousands of rhinestones in stock in tons of colors.

And remember—sew-on rhinestones are your friend for all things knitted! Hotfix rhinestones are certainly easier to use, but they will likely eventually fall off of your clothing, wasting all of your hard work.

Have fun making your winter accessories and winter clothes sparkly and cheery—and stay warm out there!

Holiday Rhinestone Projects

It’s that time of year again! That’s right, holiday season is upon us. Hopefully that means time with your family, holiday treats, and a cozy home. We know things get hectic this season, but make sure to take time for some holiday rhinestone projects.  

 Snow Globe 

Making a snow globe is a great project when it’s cold out, and it’s easy to do. You’ll need: 

  • A glass jar with lid 
  • Holiday figurine 
  • Glitter 
  • Water 
  • Glycerin 
  • Paint – optional 
  • Rhinestones 

Part of the fun of this project is finding a fun figurine for your snow globe. A snow-covered tree, a snowman, or something else entirely would be great subjects for your snow globe. Whatever you choose needs to fit inside the jar by sitting on the inside of the lid.  

Glue the figurine to the inside of the jar’s lid. Fill in the rest of the base with small rhinestones. Optionally, you can use acrylic paint to paint half of the outside of the jar for a background for your figurine.  

Next, add 1-2 teaspoons of glitter to the jar. Fill with water and add a small amount of glycerin to make the glitter float better. Screw the lid into the jar and glue the lid shut. Glue rhinestones around the edges of the jar lid for some extra sparkle.  

Rustic Christmas Wreath 

For every season there is a wreath. We have a few ideas for creating a Christmas wreath that will look great on any door or window.  

For a base, look for something a little more rustic like a willow branch base or a woven branch base. That way, you can leave part of the wreath exposed, which creates a nice rustic appearance.  

For add-ons, we recommend any of the following: 

  • Ornaments 
  • Red berries 
  • Evergreen branches 
  • Snowflakes 
  • Rhinestones 

Use your rhinestones strategically and add them to berry branches and snowflakes. These will become small accent points that will reflect the light and play off of the shiny Christmas ornaments.  

With a combination of glue and wire, attach your wreath elements. You can arrange your wreath so that your elements sit on only one side, or you can cover your wreath entirely.  It can sometimes be helpful to arrange your pieces before permanently fixing them. 

Cut a length of ribbon to hang your wreath when you’re done.  

Kinara 

The winter holiday season doesn’t always have to mean Christmas. For seven days starting on December 26, the traditional African festival of Kwanzaa is celebrated. One way to celebrate Kwanzaa is by lighting a Kinara, a special seven-branched candlestick.  

Kinaras are easy to find, and adding rhinestones to the Kinara will look lovely when combined with the light from the candles. You’ll need a Kinara, as well as red, green, and black rhinestones, which represent the candle colors of Kwanzaa. 

Arrange your rhinestones in a way that will suit your particular Kinara. Create lines of color or create a new pattern for the candlestick. If you want to stick to traditional order, the candlestick colors are three green candles on the left, one black candle in the middle, and three red candles on the right. These represent the values of Kwanzaa. 

The same principles behind the rhinestone Kinara can be used to create a similar rhinestone menorah for Hanukkah.  

Holiday Lanterns 

It’s easy to make small lanterns out of mason jars. You can hang these lanterns or display them on your table. For this project, you’ll need: 

  • Mason jars with lids 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Battery-powered tea candles 
  • Twine 
  • Greenery 
  • Rhinestones 

You’ll first want to paint the outside of the Mason jar. It’s important to leave some areas unpainted so that the light will shine through. The darker the paint color, the more contrast you’ll have between light and dark.  

Your rhinestones will be attached to the jar lid. You can cover the entire lid in rhinestones, which will help enhance your lighting and give the light something to bounce off of.  

Finally, Place your tea candle in the jar and close the lid. Use twine and greenery to create your handle for hanging your lantern. Alternatively, you can simply place your lanterns on a table. The nice thing about this project is you can use any size Mason jar to suit your needs.  

Dreidel Project 

In our opinion, there’s nothing that can’t be improved with the addition of a few rhinestones. They add a splash of fun and personality to whatever you’re working on. 

During Hanukkah, it’s tradition to play with a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top. Dreidels can be made from wood, plastic, or clay, but why not make your dreidel have a little more pizazz? 

To give your dreidel a little bit of an upgrade (and without throwing of the balance of the toy), use very small rhinestones to completely cover the handle of the dreidel. If you can find a larger dreidel it will be easier to work with. This will be the perfect gift for a child who loves all things sparkly! 

Icicle Ornaments 

These simple ornaments are easy to make but pack a big punch. For this project you’ll need sew-on rhinestones (they don’t have to be flat-backed), jewelry wire, small pliers and wire snips, and ornament hooks.  

Use your wire to carefully string together the rhinestones in a straight line. Use your pliers to lend a helping hand and snip the wire with your wire cutter. Once you have used the pliers to bend any pointy ends, add your ornament hook to one end of your chain of rhinestones.  

You can choose any colors you wish, but blue and silver are always classics for a snowy, wintry look. When hung next to the lights on your Christmas tree, your rhinestones will glitter and add an extra bit of flair to your home décor.  

 

Keep in touch with The Rhinestone Shop and stay up-to-date with our latest products! We’ve got a huge selection of rhinestones and accessories so you can make some sparkly crafting magic. Stay tuned for more great projects, and happy holidays! 

DIY Rhinestone Projects for Winter

To borrow from an exceedingly popular television and book franchise, winter is coming. In fact, depending on where you live it may already be here. Winter means cold weather, warm fires, and a commitment to staying both cozy and occupied to keep the winter blues away. 

That’s why we’ve put together some ideas for winter-themed rhinestone crafts that will make your home a little more sparkly and bright. Best of all, these projects cover a range of crafting abilities, which means you can even get the kids involved in some of the fun.  

Mirrored Centerpiece 

It’s hard to not be inspired by antique stores and junk shops, and one piece that it relatively easy to find is a serving tray. If you’re lucky, you may even find a mirrored serving tray. Serving trays can be used for so many things, from being the base for a centerpiece to—gasp—actually serving food or drinks.  

We really like mirrored serving trays because when you add rhinestones, it creates a beautiful doubly sparkly effect. For this project, you’ll need a serving tray, acrylic paint/spray paint (optional: painter’s tape), and rhinestones. 

First things first, you’ll want to paint your tray to your desired color. This is especially important if you find a lovingly used tray at a consignment shop or the like. If you’re using spray paint, use painter’s tape to cover the mirror for protection.  

Once you have a dry and freshly painted tray you can start thinking about your rhinestone placement, which really depends on the type of tray you have. One special rhinestone style we have right now is snowflake shaped, which would look great in the corners of the mirror or along the outside of the tray.  

 

Hat Brooch 

Remember when your mom used to yell at you to put a hat on before leaving the house? Now you can look forward to wearing a beautiful hat that’s full of personality with a hat brooch.  

You have a couple of different options for making a hat brooch. One way is to use sew-on rhinestones directly on the hat. The other way is to make a removable pin so you can use it to accessorize a coat or sweater instead.  

You’ll need a brooch pin back, stiff felt, and flat-backed rhinestones. Use the stiff felt as your base, using different rhinestone shapes to create an interesting pattern. Fill in gaps with smaller stones. Use small scissors (embroidery scissors are great for this) to snip away around the edges of your brooch. Then you can glue the whole piece to the pin back. Instant accessory! 

 

Rhinestone Snowflakes 

What’s winter without a little snow? Well, normal if you live in Florida, but for most of us winter is synonymous with that white flaky stuff. To decorate your home or Christmas tree, making rhinestone snowflakes is easy for everyone to get in on. For this project, you’ll need: 

  • Flat-backed hotfix rhinestones, assorted shapes and colors 
  • Flat wooden bases, either snowflake shaped or other 
  • Small drill or tool for making a hole in the base 
  • Ribbon or string for hanging 
  • Acrylic paint 

Before you get to play with rhinestones, you’ll want to paint the base of your snowflakes. If you can find snowflake-shaped wooden bases, that’s great, but you can also use circles or squares. Paint the base your desired color then use your drilling tool or awl to make a hole near what will be the top of the snowflake.  

Use a pencil to sketch out a snowflake pattern, then you can start to place your rhinestones. The beauty of snowflakes is their pattern, so create symmetrical patterns to get a snowflake effect. Hang your snowflakes in windows or on your tree when you’re done. 

Bling Mug 

There’s nothing quite like curling up by the fire with a warm mug of something. Be it tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, having a warm beverage in hand is simply a delight (and it’s a practical way of keeping warm!).  

Create customized mugs for everyone in the family with the help of some rhinestones! For this project, you’ll need as many mugs as you have people, and you’ll want small, flat-backed rhinestones. 

The colors are entirely up to you, which means you can use everyone’s favorite colors or use cool silver and blues for wintertime or Hanukkah. If you’re feeling Christmas-y, pull out your red and green rhinestones.  

For application, you can make patterns on the sides of the mugs, or you can use small rhinestones to cover the handle entirely. If you do decide to bling out your mug handle, be sure to cover the whole handle. Uneven rhinestone application might lead to an uncomfortable handle.  

For a winter mug, we recommend a snowflake pattern, stars, or holly leaves and berries, but since you’re making custom mugs, your possibilities are truly limitless. Is someone in the family a superhero fan? Dogs? Get inspired by your family and make something memorable! 

 

Sparkling Gloves 

If you’ve been going through your rhinestone stash recently and found that you’re full to the brim with sew-on rhinestones, we’ve got a perfect project for you—bling gloves! 

Let’s face it—winter accessories can be quite dull, so why not add some much-needed sparkle to your winter gear? Everyone needs gloves, so once you’re done fashioning a pair for yourself, go ahead and make some for the other people in your life—they make excellent, unique gifts.  

The best approach we’ve found for this project is to apply rhinestones to the wrist of the glove or to the back of the hand. However, if you’re feeling particularly sparkly, you could create a ring pattern on the glove fingers or rhinestone “fingernails”.  

Once you’re done with your gloves, it’s hard to stop putting that sparkling touch on everything! Go for scarves and hats as well! 

Be sure to check out The Rhinestone Shop’s extensive inventory so you can find the perfect rhinestones for your winter projects. Enjoy the brisk weather, and be sure to have plenty of projects on hand to keep cabin fever at bay. Happy winter! 

 

Rhinestone Project Ideas for Thanksgiving

There’s more to Thanksgiving projects than turkey hands. For Thanksgiving this year, why not try enhancing your dinner table and home with some festive Thanksgiving-themed décor?

This is the perfect time of year to pull out all of those fall colors in your favorite shapes so you can put together a dining table that’s sure to impress your family and friends.

Table Runner

With a table laden with all sorts of delicious food, you’re definitely going to need a tablecloth, but the thing that will take your table to the next level is a table runner studded with rhinestones. For this project, you’ll need:

  • A table runner
  • Flat-backed, sew-on rhinestones
  • Tailor’s chalk (found at sewing supply stores)

You can find table runners where you would find other home linens, and many table runners are tapered at both ends, making it the perfect background for something that pops at the dinner table.

Before you do any sewing, plot out your rhinestones and use tailor’s chalk to give yourself a rough sketch of how you want your rhinestones arranged. Use a combination of different shapes and sizes, and try to create something that’s symmetrical.

Alternatively, you can create leaf shapes from rhinestones using templates, which will create a lovely autumn effect that is great all season. If you want something more specific to the holiday, find a turkey template online and use that as the focal point for your table runner.

Fall Leaves Rhinestone Centerpiece

While the turkey is the real star, no table is complete without a centerpiece. For this particular centerpiece, the theme is fall. You can make this into a tall, narrow centerpiece, or you can create something that occupies a little more table space but has less height.

For this rhinestone project, you’ll need:

  • Silk autumn leaves on branches, assorted colors
  • Florists’ foam
  • Opaque vase
  • Rhinestones to match or complement your leaf colors

Each leaf will have some rhinestone adornment. You’ll want to use smaller rhinestones on the leaves, as larger ones can weigh them down. For each leaf, choose a rhinestone color that either matches or complement the leaf. Use 3-5 rhinestones per leaf to create a subtle, but sparkling, effect.

Continue this process until you have all of your leaves done. When that’s finished, cut the florists’ foam to fit the vase, then arrange your branches. Use a combination of taller and shorter branches for variety.

Rhinestone Charger

Emily Post tells us there are many ways to set a table, and the most formal table settings have one plate that sets them apart: a charger. A charger is a large plate that all other plates sit on. Chargers will transform an ordinary dinner into something extra special.

You can order chargers from many online retailers, and there is some variety in color. If you can’t find the right color, simply use spray paint to suit your table. Chargers are simple to work with, and you only need a few supplies:

  • Small flat-back rhinestones
  • Spray paint

Choose the color of your charger. If you’re opting to spray paint, choose a color that complements your centerpiece or your table runner. You don’t have to worry about the spray paint in terms of your health—it will never come into contact with food.

The next thing you’ll want to do is figure out what type of pattern you want for your charger. We recommend using small rhinestones in a color that complements the color of the charger. You want to avoid putting rhinestones on the charger too close to the center of the plate, or else the plates on top will wobble.

Classic patterns include concentric circles of round rhinestones and placing rectangular rhinestones around the edge. You can really get creative, using different color combinations to create a stunning addition to the table.

Bling Napkin Rings

Now that your table is becoming particularly festive, it’s time to start thinking of the finishing touches. Napkin rings are an easy project that will add the perfect touch of sparkle to your place settings.

While you could, in theory, string some sew-on rhinestones together for a napkin ring, the easier method is to find plain napkin rings and make them your own. Napkin rings are easy to get your hands on, and with a little bit of color and sparkle, your table settings will make a big statement.

If you can’t find napkin rings in your preferred color, paint your napkin rings to your preferred base color. Working along the edges of the napkin ring, arrange small, round rhinestones. These stones should either match or contrast your napkin ring base. The smaller the rhinestone, the easier it will be to work with on a curved surface.

Votive Candles for Fall

Dining with a little bit of candlelight is one of the nicest feelings. Everything around you has a warm, soft glow, and the flickering lights take you back to another time. Here’s a quick and easy way to make votive candle holders for your table.

First, you’ll need to find votive candles and clear glass votive holders. These are inexpensive and easy to find in both retail stores and online marketplaces. It’s important for this project that your votive glass be clear.

Next, you’ll use tissue paper and a decoupage medium like Mod-Podge. Use tissue paper in autumnal colors, and choose a single tissue paper color for each glass. Yellow is a particularly good option.

Cut your tissue paper into squares, approximately 1” x 1”. Using your decoupage medium, glue the tissue paper to the inside of the votive glass, overlapping the paper slightly. Continue to do this until the entire inside of the votive glass is covered.

Once the decoupage medium is dry, you can then work on the outside of the votive glass. This is where the rhinestones come in. Using a pattern that suits you, fix rhinestones to the outside. Fixing rhinestones to the top edge will look particularly nice next to a flickering flame.

We hope you have a tasty Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends! Stay tuned for more great rhinestone ideas next month!

5 Rhinestone DIY Crafts for Fall

Believe it or not, it’s actually time to start saying goodbye to warm weather and hello to the changing colors and cooler temperatures. And boy, are we looking forward to it!

At the Rhinestone Shop, we’re getting geared up for fall, which is a great time to invest in new autumn colors and start getting ready for the holidays in the following months.

We’ve put together some fun ideas for the DIY crafting crowd for fall. Think about warm colors that remind you of the changing leaves, like oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. If you’re not sure which colors to choose from, be sure to get our color chart!

Mason Jar Candy Jars

Having a bright, colorful candy jar around the house or office is a fun treat for everyone. It’s incredibly easy to customize your own candy jars out of Mason jars, paint, ribbon, and, of course, rhinestones.

For this DIY craft, you’ll need:

  • Mason jars, any size
  • Acrylic paint
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Rhinestones

The first thing you’ll want to do is plan out your color scheme. For fall, think about the colors of the season. Paint the outside of the jar with acrylic paint. You can get creative with your paint; go for patterns if you’re feeling artistic, or just paint the jar a solid color.

Once the paint has dried, you can then plan out your rhinestone placement. Using complementary colors, glue rhinestones to the jar, avoiding the screw top. With any project involving rounded surfaces, it’s much easier to use smaller sized rhinestones, as they will sit on the jar more easily.

Finally, when your paint and rhinestones are all set, you can tie a burlap ribbon around the top of the jar. Fill your jar with seasonal candy like candy corn, and display the jar on the table or give it as a gift.

Clay Pot People

This unique project is perfect for crafty people, and the addition of rhinestones makes it extra special. The goal of this project is to use small clay pots to create a cute little creature that can ring in the fall season.

This project will require:

  • Assorted small clay pots (1-3 inches tall)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Burlap
  • Raffia
  • Dark rhinestones, like browns, blacks, or even dark orange
  • Twine

The main idea is to use clay pots to create a head, body, hands, and feet. To start, glue one clay pot to another, with the bottoms together. This will create the head and body (the head is an open pot facing right side up). You’ll then cut two pieces of twine, each about 4 inches long.

Tie a knot at the end of each piece of twine and string each through a clay pot. Glue the other end of the twine to the head and body. Now you have hands. If you wish, do the same and create feet for your clay pot person.

Now you can paint the pots if you desire. Use burlap to create texture, and use rhinestones to create accents on the body or create facial features. Stuff the head with raffia, as well as the hands. Use glue if you need to hold it in place.

This is a great opportunity to use some of your favorite flat-backed rhinestones of different shapes. Get creative and see what you come up with!

Autumn Wreath

Truly, there is a wreath for every season. Wreaths are pretty easy to construct, provided you have the right components. For this project, you’ll need:

  • Floral wreath base (found at craft stores and online)
  • Artificial autumn leaves, enough to cover the wreath base
  • Glue
  • Burlap or brown ribbon
  • Rhinestones

To start, each leaf should have a few rhinestones on it. You don’t want so many as to weigh down the leaves, but enough to definitely add some sparkle when the wreath is on display. Take your time and use rhinestone colors similar to the leaf color.

Then you get to assemble the wreath. Using glue, start placing your leaves around the wreath, attaching the stems to the base. You don’t have to place leaves in any particular order, but mixing up your colors will create a dazzling effect.

Make sure you don’t have any wreath base exposed, and when you’re finished adding the leaves, add a decorative ribbon to what will be the top of the wreath. If you’re really feeling sparkly (which, come on, we know you are) add some autumnal rhinestones to the ribbon.

Button Tree

This is a sweet little sewing project that can actually work for different seasons, depending on your color palette. You’ll need:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Linen
  • Fall-colored buttons
  • Rhinestones to match your button colors

Place your linen in the embroidery hoop and tighten appropriately. Sketch out your tree trunk design, and make sure you include branches where you will add your button “leaves”. Carefully embroider your tree with brown embroidery floss.

Once you’ve completed that, you get to sew on your button leaves. If you happen to have an interesting stash of buttons, now is a great time to use them. Adorn your buttons with rhinestones of the same color. When your project is complete, carefully snip away some of the excess fabric and hang your piece.

Bling Acorn Décor

If you’re a fan of seasonal décor, this will be a wonderful, easy project. Craft stores have all sorts of great seasonal items, and in the fall season, you can usually get your hands on artificial acorns.

Using these acorns, add rhinestones to the acorn tops to create sparkling pieces that will look great as a centerpiece on your table. If you have an oak tree in your backyard, collect some real acorns and mix the two together in a glass bowl or jar. If you want, you can also add a ribbon to your acorn jar.

In short, there are many great ideas for rhinestone crafts this fall. Whether you’re simply doing it yourself or working with your family, these fall rhinestone projects will make your season come to life.