A Useful & Sparkling DIY Customized Gift Inspiration!

When dreams come true, it’s fun to celebrate with sparkles & smiles!

Recently my friend graduated culinary school and she now has the wonderful opportunity to take her skills to the gorgeous wonders of Spain! She’ll be living there for a few months, training under a 5 star chef. With incredible hard work and determination, her dreams are really and truly, coming to fruition. I couldn’t be happier for her!

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She threw a fabulous tapas themed fiesta to celebrate and I wanted to give her something fun, special and sparkly (of course) to commemorate her BIG accomplishment! Here’s what I made her….

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A customized sparkling apron featuring Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Flatbacks!

I found a colorful apron from World Market. I just swoon over everything in that darn store, so I had to go in with a mission and not stray, because if I did, I would have been tempted to take home one of everything. Mission successfully completed!

I imagine aprons can take a beating with all that is going on in the kitchen and I wanted to be sure the Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks would stay secure and last a very long time. In order to do this, I glued each crystal using E6000 glue.

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I used the Swarovski Crystal 2088-12ss (~3mm) Clear Crystal Flatbacks

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I also used my handy-dandy Flatback Rhinestone tool, the Crystal Katana! This helps to pick up the stones, place them exactly where I want them and secure them in place. I couldn’t do this project with out it! That’s GOLD Jerry… GOLD! (haha…if you’re a long-time Seinfeld fan like myself, you’ll appreciate that reference 😉

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I arranged the Swarovski Crystals in little flower formations, with different quantities in each floret, randomly on the belt of the apron. I wanted to compliment the flower pattern on the apron, as well as accentuating hints of sparkle.

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It’s simple and sweet, and complimented her style beautifully!

Thankfully, she Loved it! She put it on and wore it around, showing all her friends, which warmed my heart & was very sweet of her!

If you’re thinking of a little gift for someone in your life, keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be much, but it’s always much more appreciated when you add a personal touch. When you put a little extra time and effort into making something handmade from your heart, it demonstrates how much you care, which is touching in and of itself.

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Get Your Crafty Kicks On This 4th of July & Celebrate CHUCKS “GLORY DAYS”

DIY 4th of July Chuck Taylor Swarovski Crystal Shoes

Add a little twinkle to your toes with a pair of statement sneakers. Finish off your high-tops with eye-catching Swarovski crystals sewn on to patriotic red, white and blue for some extra Fourth of July sparkle. And when Independence Day celebrations are over, wear them to make every day a dazzle day!

DIY Swarovski Crystal Chuck Taylor shoes with Swarovski Crystals

Swarovski crystals

Swarovski 3288 – 8mm 42 pieces Crystal Sew-on Stones

Swarovski 3288 – 10mm 3 pieces Crystal Sew-on Stones

Supplies & Tools

White sewing thread, red and blue fabric paint. Carboard, 3x3cm Paint brush, a pencil, a ruler, scissors and a sewing needle.

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STEP 1: Use our pattern or draw a 2cm star onto a cardboard as shown in our illustrations with this step.

STEP 2: Use the cardboard star template and a pencil to draw stars all around one of the shoes. Draw horizontal lines around the other shoe with a pencil to make 1.5cm wide stripes.

STEP 3: Paint the horizontal stripes on the one shoe in red and the background around the stars of the other shoe in blue.

STEP 4: Tie a double knot onto a sewing thread and sew Swarovski Sew-on Stones 3288 8mm Crystal on top of the red stripes. (Do not pierce through to the inside of the shoe with the needle and thread). Repeat the steps with the horizontal rows and the stars as shown in the illustration and material list.

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Bring to Light Cherished Moments Captured in Time with This Treasured DIY Design!

DIY Swarovski Crystal Watch Free Design and Instructions

DIY Swarovski Crystal and Pearl Vintage Watch Bracelet Design and Instructions

I love this treasured idea of turning back time and creating a unique watch and sparkling piece of specialized jewelry that has meaning to you every time you look at it! Bring to light cherished moments and memories with a beloved vintage style black-and-white photograph complimented by Swarovski crystals!

Here is what you will need for this precious project and instructions are below:

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Swarovski Crystal 5328 4mm Xilion Bicone Beads 33 pieces of Crystal Iridescent Green 001 IRIG

Swarovski Crystal 5328 4mm Xilion Bicone Beads 33 pieces of Metallic Sunshine 001 METSH

Swarovski Crystal 5810 4mm Pearls 62 pieces of Light Grey Pearls 001 616

Swarovski Crystal 5810 4mm Pearls 31 pieces of White Pearls 001 650

Supplies and Tools

Jewelry elastic cord, transparent, 0.5mm, 2.5m, two part adhesive glue and a watch

Tools

A beading needle and scissors

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STEP 1: Remove the watch strap and the glass on top of the dial. Insert your desired photograph and replace the glass.

STEP 2: Cut 50cm of elastic cord, fold it in half and secure it onto the spring bar of the watch with a double knot. Using a beading needle, insert 31 Swarovski Crystal Pearl art. 5810 4mm Crystal Light Grey Pearl onto the elastic cords, removing one of the cord ends halfway through. (See illustrations for clarification.)

STEP 3: Go through the spring bar at the other end of the watch face with the beaded elastic cord. Insert the cord back through the Swarovski Pearls towards the half way point. Tie a knot as shown in our illustrations with this step.

STEP 4: Put some glue on the knot and thread both the ends of the elastic cord back through three Swarovski Pearls on each side. Cut off the leftover cord ends.

STEP 5: Repeat steps 2–4 four more times to make the other beaded cords for the watch. The second cord from left will be with the 33 Swarovski Bead art. 5000 4mm Crystal Metallic Sunshine. The third cord consists of 31 Swarovski Pearl art. 5810 4mm Crystal White Pearl. The fourth cord consists of 33 Swarovski Bead art. 5000 4mm Crystal Iridescent Green and the last cord will be 31 Swarovski Pearl art. 5810 4mm Crystal Light Grey Pearls.

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This would be a particularly exceptional Mother’s Day or Birthday gift for that special loved one in your life!

I would love to see a picture of your unique watch when you make it!