Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial

September 20, 2013Allison Murray

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

I was perusing the world cheapie shoes on online when an idea so fantastic struck me. Without a doubt, if I made a pair of chucks style rhinestone sneakers for my sister that were bejeweled within an inch of being too heavy to comfortably wear, well, she’d be the happiest sister in the world.

Because here’s the basically one side of a recent conversation. Sister: “Why do little girls have such cute shoes? Why don’t they make them for adults? I want a pair of princess sneakers! I’d love to have  a pair of shoes covered in glitter or rhinestones. I’m so jealous or Journey’s shoes!”

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com So I texted and asked the important question. Would you wear a pair of converse chuck style shoes covered in multi-colored rhinestones? And as suspected, she was totally down. Totally.

So I ordered up the sneakers and then a boatload or rhinestones. But when they arrived they were tiny. Egads I’ve been done in AGAIN by those stupid little millimeters! They were just so tiny that it wasn’t going to work. So Russell got to stop by Hobby Lobby on the way home for a one pound bucket of multi-colored bling.

And I got to gluing them down. It took quite a bit more trial and effort than I had anticipated, but in the end it worked out really well.


For this project you will need:

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Here are the sneakers before. Simple, brand new, and smelling like a tire factory. If ordering a pair online you may want to air them out for a few days. Whew!

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

I first started using an industrial strength glue but two things happened.

  1. I glued several rhinestones to myself and it really hurt removing them.
  2. The silver on the back of the stones was cracking in an unsightly way.

So I experimented and Aileene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue seemed the best suited for me, but if you’re rough on shoes, you might try to work with a stronger glue…

Smear the glue in a small area. I just used my finger most of the time, but sometimes I used a brush. If using a brush, keep water available and drop the brush in after every use. This will prevent the glue from drying in your brush and ruining it.

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Apply stones to the wet glue, jamming them as close together as possible.

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Work in small areas. If the canvas bends too much while gluing the stones might fall off or glue on in a less that flush way. To keep moving without messing up, I swapped sides, swapping shoes each pass.

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

Bam! Can you believe the glitzy goodness these shoes became? They’re now a quarter pound heavier than they were before, which makes them a great work out!

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

I texted a pic to my sister the second they were done. I’m happy to let you know that she totally approves.

Rhinestone Sneakers Tutorial -- www.dreamalittlebigger.com

So if you covet the little girl’s shoes you’ve seen, grab some shoes and glue some rhinestones on them! Because as far as I’m concerned, you’re never too old to rock some rhinestone sneakers!

Comments (10)

  • Brianna @ Craft Thyme

    September 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    While not my personal style, those are pretty freaking awesome. I kinda want to do that to a pair of cheap heels now.

    1. Allison

      September 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      I know EXACTLY what you mean! I love the glitz but these are just a bit too much for me. But then again, I find myself wandering over and eyeballing them and wondering if I need to make a second pair for my sister and keep these!

  • nanci ring

    September 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I don’t wear sneakers and I don’t like bling but these are soooo pretty that I’d just put them on a shelf and smile at them !! :D

  • Liz Queenlila

    September 22, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    So cute! :D

    1. Allison

      September 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      Thanks, Miss Liz!

  • Meegan

    September 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    How cute are these?? You are amazing! Thanks for sharing at Tickled Pink Times Two! Make it a pink day!

    1. Allison

      September 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Thanks so much. It was a pleasure joining your party!

  • Ana Liza

    October 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    My daughter would love that!

    1. Allison

      October 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Yay! You’ll have to make a pair together :)

  • Rhonda

    August 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Very cute!!!!!
    You have inspired me to create some “BLINGED” out sneakers for an outside church event….
    The attire is relaxed Summer white….so I plan to create A little Sunday BLING with a twist!!
    Thanks for sharing….

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