I love the sneaky embellished look, where you only notice when the light catches the sparkle just right. When they are hidden on hat brims, or belt buckles or sandals, and when they add the tiniest pop to brighten a look. I have been on the hunt for more embellished and bedazzled items (what girl doesn’t love a little sparkle), and after searching high and low I decided to make my own. And thus the DIY was born.
Sandals are such a good blank slate to start with. You can do anything to them, bedazzle, glitterfy, stamp, etc. I found my blank canvas pair at Old Navy (similar), they were crying for some jewels, so naturally I obliged.
The rhinestone selection at the craft stores I visited wasn’t up to par, and if this has been stopping you before (like it has me) don’t let it. There is an abundance of rhinestones in every shape and size and color online, you can find anything you need! Rhinestones delivered, I picked up some jewel to fabric glue (you would never believe how many types of glues there are, way more options than types of rhinestones) and got to work.
I ordered two shapes of stones but decided I liked this brick-like pattern with all the same size and shape. I started in the middle and worked my way outwards to fill the entire strap with rhinestones.
The great thing about embellishing shoes is that if you have a little bit of glue sticking out, or one rhinestone is slightly out of place, it’s ok because they are far away from critical eyes. And the sparkle blinds people who are looking too closely.
The finished product was exactly what I was envisioning, subtle sparkle on a blank canvas sandal to add a touch of sparkle.