How to rhinestone a dress
My oldest daughter bought a dress for her first company Christmas party. It had some bling on it – a few rhinestones and sequins on the waistband; however, the dress needed something else. “More bling, please,“ she asked. I wanted the skirt to enhance the waistband- not detract from it. The result is a subtle hint of sparkle on the skirt.
For this project I used:
Crystal 12ss PriceLess Rhinestones
Light Siam 12ss PricesLess Rhinestones
Wax tipped tool
Prewash and dry the garment before you start gluing to remove any chemical finish. Lay the garment as flat as possible. The skirt on this dress is mesh so I placed a piece of wax paper between the layers of the skirt to prevent the glue from seeping through and gluing the layers together.
I glued a few Crystal rhinestones scattered on the skirt with many more Light Siam rhinestones. My ratio was about 3 Light Siam rhinestones for each Crystal rhinestone. The Light Siam matches the color of the skirt so the stones are not obvious until the light hits them and sends out showers of sparkle. Begin by placing a drop of glue about the size of the rhinestone on the garment. You want the glue to seep out slightly from the sides of the rhinestone to create a seal and prevent the rhinestone from peeling off.
Allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
And just like that a pretty dress turns into a stunning dress. My daughter will attend the Christmas party knowing that this dress is sure to turn heads.
Rhinestones and wax tipped tool are available from:
I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.