How to Make a Rhinestone Bra

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Give your favorite bra an easy makeover with rhinestones and glue.
Give your favorite bra an easy makeover with rhinestones and glue. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

A rhinestone bra can add major pizazz to any outfit. They're perfect for music festivals, clubbing or simply spicing up your wardrobe. For a subtle dose of sparkle, layer a rhinestone bra under a tank top or cardigan. You can also wear it alone for a daring look. Regardless of your style, you can make a rhinestone bra for less than you can purchase one at the lingerie store.

Things You'll Need

  • Bra
  • Measuring tape
  • Strong craft glue or fabric glue
  • Flat-back rhinestones

Step 1

Measuring the bra helps you determine how much space your rhinestones will cover.
Measuring the bra helps you determine how much space your rhinestones will cover. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Measure the width and height of one bra cup. These measurements help determine the size of your rhinestone design.

Step 2

Planning your design before applying glue only takes a few minutes.
Planning your design before applying glue only takes a few minutes. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Plan your design before gluing rhinestones to the bra. This lessens the chance for error, and prevents the need to reposition rhinestones after you glue them down, which can get messy and potentially ruin your bra. This design starts with a basic grid pattern made of two rows of rhinestones in a cross with several small rhinestones on either side.

Step 3

Use a toothpick for smaller rhinestones.
Use a toothpick for smaller rhinestones. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Adhere each rhinestone to the bra with a small amount of glue applied to the back. Do this one by one as you work through the design. A toothpick makes it easier to apply glue to smaller rhinestones.

Step 4

To ensure evenness, start with the outermost rhinestones and work your way inwards.
To ensure evenness, start with the outermost rhinestones and work your way inwards. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Create a single row by gluing the outermost rhinestones first (you fill in the space between them later). This simple trick centers the pattern and keeps it evenly spaced. For this pattern, the grid design serves as a guide. The top and bottom rhinestones of the center vertical line were positioned first.

Step 5

There should be an equal amount of space on each side of the center stone.
There should be an equal amount of space on each side of the center stone. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Use the measuring tape to determine the middle point between the two rhinestones. Add a rhinestone at the midpoint.

Step 6

This row of rhinestones can be repeated to create a striped rhinestone bra.
This row of rhinestones can be repeated to create a striped rhinestone bra. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Complete the single row by gluing rhinestones in the spaces between the ones you already positioned. For a striped design, simply create multiple rows in the same manner.

Step 7

Use a measuring tape to make sure the spaces between rhinestones are even.
Use a measuring tape to make sure the spaces between rhinestones are even. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

You can also make rows of rhinestones cross through each other. Add a rhinestone on each side of the center rhinestone, taking care to keep the spaces between the rhinestones even.

Step 8

Rows of rhinestones can be used as a guide for the rest of your design.
Rows of rhinestones can be used as a guide for the rest of your design. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Add more rhinestones as desired. You can weave small rhinestones between the larger ones, if you like.

Step 9

Glue additional rhinestones to the bra as desired.
Glue additional rhinestones to the bra as desired. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

Complete the basic guidelines, then add the remaining rhinestones to complete your design.

Step 10

Personalize your rhinestone bra to fit your unique taste and style.
Personalize your rhinestone bra to fit your unique taste and style. (Image: Learn How to Make a Rhinestone Bra)

To complete your bra, repeat the pattern on the other cup. Leave the bra to dry for 24 hours.

Tip

  • Instead of strong craft glue (such as E6000), you can use fabric glue.

    Create a design that suits your taste and style. For a less structured look, randomly glue rhinestones all over the bra. For an extra dose of sparkle, glue more rhinestones to the straps or bottom band. For a minimalistic vibe, glue just a few rhinestones along the border of each cup.

Warning

  • Work with craft glue in a well-ventilated area.

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