Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rhinestone Bracelets -- from Shoelaces!

My son's pirate-themed birthday party was this weekend, and I had so much fun thinking about and coming up with party favors. I've been watching the "fashion shoelaces" at the dollar store for a while now, wondering what I could make with them. Finally the occasion came, and I came up with these rhinestone-studded skull-and-crossbone bracelets for the girls at the party -- myself included!

What you need:

fashion shoelaces

My dollar store carries polka dot, leopard print, flowery print, and skull shoelaces

rhinestone applique
also at the dollar store! It doesn't matter what the applique is, because you will be taking it apart; I picked the skull because it had the most rhinestones!

1/4" elastic

STEP ONE: Using your tweezers, gently scrape some rhinestones away from the plastic-y sticker covering on your rhinestone applique. Carefully place the rhinestones where you want them.

STEP TWO: Cut some of that plastic-y sticker stuff and use it to hold your rhinestones in place. Follow the instructions on your applique and press them in place with your hot iron. (Mine had me place a thin fabric over the top before pressing, then press again from the wrong side.)

I loved the rhinestone eyes, but the design needed something more...

...so I added a few rhinestones between each skull.

STEP THREE: Cut your shoelace. I cut mine approximately 6 1/2" for an adult size. Then tuck the raw edges of one side of the shoelace piece inside.

STEP FOUR: Cut a small piece of your elastic. (I cut mine about 2".) Stuff one end of the elastic into your shoelace.

STEP FIVE: Carefully sew over the folded edge, catching the elastic inside. You may need to use a stiletto to push the bracelet through your machine -- I used my seam ripper. I sewed back and forth three or four times to secure it. You will then repeat Steps Three through Five to finish the other side of your bracelet.

Ta-Da! Fabulous and sparkly!!
I would LOVE to see a headband version of this!!

**Note: I don't know how secure the rhinestones will be -- therefore I would not give one of these bracelets to a child who might put it in her mouth.**


Papgena Made It said...

very clever!!!!!

twisted soul said...

Funky!! My DD9 want's to make these, we're off to source some shoelaces tomorrow. I think you may have created a fashion statement here :o)

Su said...

Wow! I can't get over how creative you are... that is just fabulous!

D. Roberts said...

I love this! My daughter wants a luau theme for her birthday. I think I'll go look for some of those flower print ones.

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Such a creative project! Good job deconstructing the rhinestone applique. And, even though I've been sewing for a long time, it's all been more or less self-instructed (or mom- and grandma- instructed, but very incompletely) and your mention of a stiletto was an a-ha! moment for me.

greetingarts said...

This has to be one of the most clever, unique, and *smart* crafts ever. I've never even thought of taking apart those rhinestone tatoos, but this is brilliant!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave.com in the Handcraft category today [16 Mar 08:38am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Veronica said...

Very cute. I will have to give it a try.

Tonya said...

Too Cute! I think it would make a great headband too. I could so see my oldest daughter (17) wearing one and a matching headband of course not in pink though. So not her color.

Jen said...

Way cute Care! I'm always amazed at what you come up with :)

Anna said...

seriously care, that is way cool

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are so much fun, I love this idea! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

super cute. What a trendy look! Love the rhinestones.

Carol said...

I just picked up the supplies to make some for my daughter and her friends! Thank you so much for sharing this! I'll post it on my blog when I finish with a link to your tutorial. Stop by and visit me sometime!

Anna M. said...

Wow, and you make it look so simple too.

yourstrulyisabel said...

Thanks for sharing! I am a crafter myself and I would love to feature your design at

Would this be okay with you?


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