5 Things You Can Do With Rhinestone Charms

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Rhinestone charms bring out the magpie in all of us. These little bits of sparkle are a cheap and easy way to create your own jewellery or add glamour to your outfits. Here are 5 things you can do with them.
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The charms themselves take many forms – some are pendants and come in different shapes like heart charms, keys or teardrops. These have a small hole at the top so you can sew them onto your T-shirt or jacket lapel. Others have a sticky back, which makes them super-easy to apply.
 
Either way, they give you the chance to really get creative and personalise your things. Keep an eye out for Swarovski crystal – these have the most prestige, and there’s a huge range of them to collect, which you can use to make something truly unique. 

Here are 5 cool ways to use your rhinestone charms.
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Accessorise your clothes

There are dozens of ways you can use rhinestones to jazz up an otherwise plain piece of clothing.

You can make cheap vests and T-shirts look more expensive by adding diamanté charms to the neckline or pocket.

Rhinestones also look great on denim, so adding them to the collar and cuffs of your denim jacket is another way to make it stand out. Buying an oversized denim jacket and then personalising it with rhinestone studs is a brilliant way to tap into the 80s/90s trends that are so big right now. Or if you’d prefer something more discreet, simply stick a few along the seam of your jeans’ back pockets.

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Accessorise your Converse

Why have the same Converse trainers as everybody else, when you can personalise yours with rhinestone charms? Adding some glitz takes them from being an everyday knockabout shoe to something you can wear out in the evening.
 
These rhinestone additions work best on Converse because it’s easy to sew or stick the charms to the canvas - Supergas and Bensimons also work well for this reason. Another great trick is to coat the rubber toe caps in diamanté studs. You can even buy ready-made bling kits. These include everything you’ll need, from diamanté gems to glue. 

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Make a bracelet

One of the best ways to use your rhinestone charms is to make them into a bracelet. The charms themselves come in many guises – you can collect characters like Hello Kitty or miniature sparkly owls or flamingos.

Or you can go for something more fashion led, like a skull or cupcake. You can also buy letter charms, and choosing the initials of those important to you is a nice way to have your bracelet really mean something. Either way, once you’ve built your collection of charms, you can add them to a plain slider bracelet. 

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Make a necklace

There are a few ways to make your rhinestone charms into a necklace. One is to simply add one to a silver chain. This makes for a versatile piece of jewellery you’ll be able to wear every day. Or if you want to make a bit more of a statement, you can add extra charms to the same chain.
 
Something else that works well with larger rhinestones is to sew or stick them to a piece of fabric, leaving two strips of ribbon either end, which you can then tie in a bow at the back of your neck. This looks particularly good with a plain grey or navy top. 

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Accessorise a cushion

Stylish cushions often come with a hefty price tag. One way around this is to buy a cheap cushion in a colour you like, and then set about upcycling it with rhinestones.

This is where you can really let your imagination go to town. You can keep things easy by sewing or sticking the stones in clusters, or arranging them in a simple pattern. Or you can draw a shape using tailor’s chalk, and fill it with rhinestone studs.
 
Either way you’ll end up with a one-off piece that will really give your sofa the wow factor. And, who knows, if you get good at it, you could even get yourself a market stall and sell them.
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