DIY Fashion: How To Make Sparkly Bling Sandals (feat. Cape Robbin)
First gaze at Cape Robbin's lucite clear sandals and I knew I had to do something with them. These are for those women who love crystal slide sandals. Matter of fact, if you like anything sparkly or bold, then you'll love these bling sandals. These would actually be cute for bridal flip flops or flats to put on, but I'm not here to teach you how to style them...I'm here to show you how to make some sandals!
Although, if you are curious as to how I styled these, check out the silver crystal slide sandals I wore with some distressed shorts. It's a super hot summer, so extra holes in your jeans are quite necessary. Damn near required if you live in Houston. 😂 A fair warning though, when the sunshine hits the rhinestones...it's very sidetracking. You can easily find yourself admiring the crystal sandals for an abnormally long period of time.
With that in mind, the way the sparkly flat sandals look in the photos do not compare to what they look like in person outside on a beautiful day. Compared to some other rhinestone sandals out there, these have more character to me personally.
I intentionally snagged the shoe in two colors, silver and gold. Specifically because they would mesh well with the hardware tone of the trim. Gold crystal trim and silver crystal trim. This way, the shoe can compliment whatever color jewelry you decide to wear that day. Me, personally, I flip flop between gold and silver. And that depends on the overall color tone of the outfit. Cool temped tones for the silver. Warm temped tones for the gold.
Anyways, onto the tutorial...
- Cape Robbin Women's Transparent Slides (Moira-11): there's rose gold, silver, and gold. Don't be turned off by the off colors in the stock photos, they look better in person.
- E6000 Glue: make sure you get transparent (clear) glue. You don't want the glue to show or seep through, and follow the directions for use.
- Tweezers: to help keep your hand steady and make sure the trim goes in the right spot.
- Scissors: the trim cuts easily.
- Crystal Rhinestone Trim: I used a spool of 10 yard 2mm trim, you can find affordable ones on Amazon. They're much more expensive at Hobby Lobby.
Step 1: Grab the shoe and line up your first strand of trim along the edge of the shoe to measure it out.
Step 2: See where the strand ends on the side before it trails off on the gold portion of the sandals? You'll want to cut a link or two past that point in between the stones. Leaving an extra crystal or two as opposed to cutting it directly where it ends will allow you some more space to work with during the gluing stage. It's easier to cut or squeeze in access trim as opposed to picking up the slack for not having enough rhinestone trim.
Step 3: Take the piece you just cut and measure out one just like it for the other shoe. For each piece you measure out and cut, you'll want to make two so you already have trim pieces set for gluing onto the other shoe. Saves time!
Step 4: Continue to cut your pieces until you reach the end of the shoe. Each piece will vary in size dependent upon where on the shoe it goes, so don't assume each line of crystal trim will be the same length. Once you have everything lined up and ready, move onto the next step.
Step 5: Begin gluing from the bottom of the shoe. If you're using 2mm sized crystal trim, then you can get away with spreading enough glue for 4 to 6 pieces before it gets to a point where it's a little dry. As you glue, make sure use your tweezers to guide and secure the trim by pressing down a little bit as you proceed. Do this until you reach the end for each shoe.
Step 6: Admire your handy work! But......let them dry for at least 24 hours before you go out struttin' your stuff. You'll want to let the glue dry completely to seal the trim onto the shoe.
Didn't feel like making 'em? You can buy some here. 😉