With Valentine’s Day a month away, I wanted to create a cute DIY rhinestone shirt for my daughter to wear for the holiday.
To give her shirt a sparkly girly look, I set some red rhinestones in the shape of a heart on a t-shirt, and then added a clear rhinestone XO in the middle of the heart. She is in love with her new DIY rhinestone shirt, and I am already trying to find more things I can bling with my fun Darice Hot Fix Rhinestone Setter tool!
Want to learn how to make your own DIY rhinestone shirt?
Valentine’s Day DIY Rhinestone Shirt Supplies:
- Darice Hot Fix Rhinestone Setter
- Darice 5mm Red Hot Fix Rhinestones (you might need a few packages, depending on how large your heart is)
- Darice 5mm Crystal Hot Fix Rhinestones
- Piece of Paper
Step 1. Before plugging in the hot fix tool, screw in the correct tip for the correct size of your rhinestones. The tips are all clearly marked, which makes this very easy! Plug in the tool, place on the included metal holder, and wait 2 minutes for the tool to heat up.
Step 2. Cut out a heart template from paper the size that you would like your rhinestone hearts. You can either trace the template lightly onto the t-shirt with a pencil, or you can simply place the template down on the t-shirt like I did and set the rhinestones around it. This helped keep my heart nice and even.
Step 3. To pick up a rhinestone, place the tip of the tool on top of a rhinestone face up, and then quickly lift up the tool. Hold the tool with the tip straight up, and then wait until you see the dark bottom of the rhinestone get shiny (it might even start to bubble). The time it takes the adhesive to heat varies depending on the size of the rhinestone, but for me, it took about 10 seconds per rhinestone until the adhesive was ready.
Step 4. Place the tip of the tool straight down onto the t-shirt around your heart template, and press gently. The rhinestone will adhere to the shirt. Quickly use some tweezers to press down onto the rhinestone to help set it for a second or two. Repeat, until you have completed your heart.
Step 5. For the middle of the heart on the DIY rhinestone shirt, I added an X and an O to stand for “hugs and kisses.” To do this, I lined up the crystal (clear) rhinestones into an X and O into the size that I wanted, and then attached the rhinestones one at a time using the procedure above. I made sure I took off the rhinestone next to the one that I was applying so that the tool wouldn’t heat it up and melt the adhesive on the one that I wasn’t adhering.
It took a couple rhinestones for me to get a feel for using the tool, but after applying two or three I felt like a pro. The hot fix tool was really fun and easy to use, and after this DIY rhinestone shirt, I’m already dreaming up some new crafts that I can bling with rhinestones and this tool!
It’s a great way to customize a shirt, pants, a purse, bag, or anything else that could use a little sparkle.
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Laura is a wife, mom of four, and the owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and more. A former elementary school teacher, Laura loves getting crafty, planning parties, going on adventures with her family, and eating frozen yogurt.