Tips to Glue Rhinestones

Add color and sparkle to your wardrobe with rhinestones.
Add color and sparkle to your wardrobe with rhinestones. (Image: colourful gems image by OMKAR A.V from

Rhinestones add color and sparkle to your clothes, phone or accessories. They give you the ability to take your old clothes and transform them into something new and fun to wear. Applying your own rhinestones to purchased items can save you money and allow you to make creative, decorative patterns.

Pick the Right Adhesive

There are many types of glue available to attach rhinestones. The most highly recommended according to the Rhinestone Guy is Beacon Gem-Tac Glue. Instead of applying the glue to the back of the rhinestone, use a cotton swab or applicator stick to apply the glue to the surface where you are going to apply the rhinestones. Use tweezers to place the rhinestone onto the glue. Make sure when using glue, to let it dry for several hours before wearing the article of clothing.

Pick a Pattern

If you are creating a pattern, such as a flower or swirl, using glue-on rhinestones, it’s best to lightly draw the pattern with a pencil or washable marker onto the item first. This can make your gluing more accurate, ensuring your pattern appears as you mean it to. Use your tweezers to precisely place the rhinestones with glue on your fabric or object.

Practice First

The amount of glue should be adjusted based on the rhinestone size you are using. This takes some practice, however. Before applying too much or too little glue to a rhinestone, practice on a paper towel or piece of aluminum foil to be as precise as possible with your gluing amount. The right size is slightly smaller than the rhinestone itself because the glue will come out on the sides as you press it down on your desired surface.

Apply Heat

Purchase rhinestones with heat-sensitive glue already in place on the back. You can use an iron or Hot Fixer to apply these rhinestones. A Hot Fixer is a professional tool you can purchase that is specifically designed to work with rhinestones. It comes with various sizes of tips to correspond to the size of rhinestone you need to attach. Press the Hot Fixer onto the top of a rhinestone, and it will melt the heat-sensitive glue on the back. Then you are free to attach the rhinestone by pressing down on the designated area. You can also use an iron with the heat-sensitive rhinestones. Set the iron at its lowest heat, lay a thin cloth over the rhinestones and then press the iron onto the cloth. Hold for a minute until the glue melts and the rhinestones are firmly in place.

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