This post is all about how to bling out Converse shoes using flat back crystals to turn regular white converse sneakers into stunning (and comfortable!) DIY wedding shoes.
You're going to learn the easiest, step by step method, to decorate converse with rhinestones by using the best materials and getting high quality results that last!
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Bling Converse Kit - AKA Materials
So, what’s needed to bling converse? Below you can find the same supplies I used for this project along with other budget friendly alternatives.
Swarovski Crystals / Rhinestones
UPDATE: The brand Swarovski was one of the most prestigious in the market, but unfortunately they have now discontinued their rhinestones, and although you could still find some leftover stock with some rhinestone sellers, the good news are that there's other brands in the market offering outstanding quality as well.
My favorite Swarovski substitute is the brand Preciosa and their line "Maxima".
Preciosa Maxima are machine cut stones with 18x and 15x facets and a highly resistant multilayer satin foiling that protects against damage and intensifies their brilliance making them sparkle sooo nicely.
But, if you're on a budget you can get cheaper rhinestones on Amazon, as well!
What size of rhinestones for converse shoes?
The ss20 size of rhinestones can bling out most of the sneakers.
And, the ss10 size of rhinestones helps you to completely fill in all the little tricky spaces and curves on the shoes.
Having a mix of at least 2 different sizes of rhinestones will help you to move faster and have every single space on your converse shoes blinged out!
How many rhinestones for converse?
For this pair of white converse all star shoes it took me around 1.5 packages of 1,440 crystals in the ss20 size. And around half a package of 1,440 crystals in the ss10 size.
Please note that the size and style of your converse may require more or less crystals.
To make sure you have more than enough crystals to fully bling out your converse shoes, get 2 packages of 1,440 crystals in the ss20 size and 1 package in the ss10 size.
How to bling converse with pearlsAnother alternative to bling DIY custom converse for weddings is using flatback pearls. Just like crystals, you can get them in different sizes and colors.
The process to apply flatback pearls is pretty much the same as with rhinestones and crystals.
You can decide if you want to use pearls or create a beautiful design mixing pearls and crystals.
Looking for somewhere to put your pearls and rhinestones while you're blinging things out? These trays, will make the job easier!
Best Glue for Rhinestones on Shoes!
E6000 has the best strength for sticking flat back crystals on shoes.
The only downside is the fumes are toxic, so it’s best to use it in well-ventilated spaces, and consider wearing a mask or a respirator during the process so you won't be directly exposed. #BetterSafeThanSorry
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When used properly, this glue will keep rhinestones from falling off your shoes and is the best alternative I've found to make rhinestones stay on any similar bling crafts.
Rhinestone Picker Tool
This baby is such a life saver! I'm using the brand Crystal Katana, and I love it! However, if you're on a budget there's also similar rhinestone picker tools that get the job done for a cheaper price tag.
How do you pick up rhinestones?
These Rhinestone Picker tools have a wax tip that help you to easily pick up rhinestones, all you need to do is gently touch the crystals or pearls with this tip (do not smash it! ) and voila! It'll be ready to go wherever you want it!
The stainless steel tip on the other side of the tool helps to perfectly align the rhinestones on your project, before the glue dries.
I like picker tools better than using tweezers (or my bare hands lol) they definitely make the blinging process easier and faster!
Rather than using the whole tube of glue while working on any rhinestone project, try using a syringe, it makes the job more comfortable, clean and efficient.
Also, having a way to measure your progress and setting goals like “This afternoon I’ll work until I finish 1 load of glue in my syringe” can make working on big rhinestone projects more manageable and motivating!
(Yeah, I'm the type of girl that finds checklists and task challenges fun and highly satisfying! )
Excess of glue can turn your converse into a hard, ugly and not so wearable situation for your feet.
Even if you can still wear them too much glue will make the end result look cheap and low quality , we don't want that!To avoid wasting glue or turning your work area into a sticky mess, dispensing tips are here to help!
The size 16G - ½” has worked for most of my projects with ss10, ss16, and ss20 crystals in the past 5 years.
If you're planning to use smaller rhinestones check out a thinner dispensing tip size like 19 or 20 G.
White Converse Shoes
And well, of course the star of the show: a pair of white converse shoes.
How to Bling Converse Step by Step
Honestly, the first time I did it, I was lost and unsure where to start. But then with practice I figured out how to do it in a simple way that can be easily replicated.
Here's a video tutorial to show you how to embellish converse using flatback Swarovski crystals in the most efficient and easy way.
Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate the video and easily re-watch any part of the process while you're working on bedazzling your Converse shoes.
How to Wash Sneakers Without Ruining Them?
You can wash your blinged out converse without problems! The process is actually faster than washing converse shoes without rhinestones because crystals won't absorb dirt and stains as plain fabric does.
All you need is a small brush, mild soap and lukewarm water. (No washing machine please! )
The process to wash bedazzled converse shoes looks like this:
- Mix some lukewarm water with the soap.
- The brush will help you to scrub the toe-cap, rubber base, and any other front part of the sneakers that doesn't have crystals. Alternatively you can also try this sponge for cleaning and whitening shoe soles.
- Then, use the brush to scrub the inside of your converse shoes, to clean 100% of your sneakers without compromising the bling. Rinse with clean water after that.
- The crystals can be cleaned gently with a damp cloth. And finish using a dry cloth to keep them shiny and dust free.
- Let your converse shoes air dry. Avoid throwing them in the dryer or using a hair dryer because the heat can reactivate the glue and make the rhinestones lose.
And that’s it! Clean sparkly converse ready to go.
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Custom Converse Ideas
You can take your blinging game to the next level and play with printed chucks like these two!
Both of these printed converse sneakers would look AMAZING with black shiny rhinestones.
You could fill in the letters on the left pair with crystals and make them shine!
For the floral print, you could turn the black background into a bedazzled background, or go all in and get pink, green and red rhinestones to embellish the whole thing! (kinda like painting by numbers but even cooler!)
The possibilities are endless and the process to bling out these converse is pretty much the same as the bridal converse shoes.
The Finishing Touch: Cute Shoelaces For Your Sneakers!
Sparkly Converse deserve cute shoelaces that'll make them even more unique! I just discovered them last week, otherwise I'd definitely included them on the video.
You can choose metallic glitter or ribbon shoelaces for a quick refashion hack .
Wrapping this how to bling converse guide up!
Maybe you landed here looking to bling out your own converse shoes, but this is actually a DIY Craft project you can sell on Etsy! and I've seen a couple ladies doing just that. #BizOpportunity
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I actually made these sneakers for a client’s wedding! I truly enjoyed the process and she loved the results. Full disclosure: those shiny crystals can easily make any girl fall in love.
Whether you're making DIY custom converse for weddings or just want to have stunning shoes that match your inner shine I hope this tutorial has given you all the information you need to start.
Keep dreaming and keep creating, you can turn any idea into a dazzling reality!