After seeing a pair of Swarovski encrusted New Balance sneakers, captured via Instagram at last week’s CFDA Awards, I was immediately inspired to DIY my own. I loved how simple the shoes looked – with just the logo covered in subtly colored rhinestones. So why not bling out my recently purchased Nike high tops?!
Start by squeezing a dollop of E6000 glue onto a piece of cardboard or disposable surface. Use a toothpick to apply a thin line of glue along a small section of the logo perimeter.
Flip all the crystals so they are all face up. Use the jewel setter, a wax tipped tool, to pick up each crystal. You can easily DIY your own jewel setter by balling up some beeswax on the tip of a skewer or toothpick.
Apply the smaller crystals, one at a time, along the perimeter. Add more glue as needed.
Fill in the logo with larger crystals. Smaller crystals may need to be used to fill in any small gaps.
Allow to dry completely before repeating the steps. Use a wet cloth to wipe off any waxy residue left behind by the jewel setter.
Viola! Your crystal studded kicks are finished . . . bling bling.
(images by HonestlyWTF)