Tips for Blinging Out Your Halloween Costume with Rhinestones

Have you ever noticed the more bling and pizazz a Halloween costume has the more it costs? What if you have that pretty little princess at home who keeps asking for more sparkle? Or perhaps it’s your inner glowing goddess who wants that show-stealing, eye-catching bling for the Halloween ball?

Well, the good news is that you don’t need to compromise your budget to satisfy your Halloween needs. You also don’t need to be able to make the entire costume from scratch to get creative. Simply buy the base for your costume and add all the sparkle and shine you want for much less! More money in your pocket and more sparkle on your costume…now that’s what we love!

Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite ideas for Halloween bling:

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How to Tell the Difference Between Rhinestones and European Crystals

To the untrained eye, a rhinestone is just a rhinestone…right? Believe it or not, the type of rhinestone you purchase comes with many options, just like diamonds. Of course a major benefit of rhinestones is you get all that bling at a mere fraction of the cost of an actual diamond, but it still helps to know what you are looking for.

The origin of the name rhinestone actually comes from a type of crystal that was found near the Rhine River. These stones became precious and expensive since there were only a very limited amount available and only in this specific location. As a result, a jeweler by the name of George Friedrich Strass found a way to create similar-looking crystals on 1775 using glass and metal power. Today, rhinestones continue to grow in popularity and are used to decorate everything from home décor to cell phone cases.

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Fun Things to Bling with Rhinestones

If you think you have maxed out the bling in your wardrobe, think again! Adding rhinestones to clothing, accessories and decorations never gets old, sometimes you just need a little creative inspiration. Looking for new ways to add rhinestones to your daily life?

Here are 10 great ideas.

1. Bling for Your Laptop

Who says work can’t be glamorous? Add some bling to your laptop with flat back rhinestones! Whether you are walking around campus or working the 9 to 5, you will be sure to get admiring looks.

2. Guitar or Camera Strap

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Blinging Your Bikini – How to Add Sparkle to Your Swimsuit

If you are looking for yet another way to add a bit of sparkle in to your wardrobe this summer, bikini blinging should be your next project! Whether you are looking to turn heads at the pool or are a figure and bikini competitor, adding rhinestones to your bikini is a fun and stylish twist on traditional suits. You have likely seen swimsuits for sale that are already embellished. They catch your eye and make you take a deep excited breath….and then you flip over the price tag…ouch! Another benefit to adding your own European crystal bling is that you can avoid the inflated costs and also customize your look exactly the way you like it!

Select the Type of Rhinestone for the Project

While there are many different rhinestones to choose from, if you want quality and ultimate sparkle, the easy choose is to go with European crystals. There are the finest, most luminescent sparkle you can get on a budget. The quality is fantastic and they will last you many seasons in the pool or on the competition stage.

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Building Custom Wedding Bouquets Using European Crystals

Wedding season is here again! Gone are the days of sighing “always a bridesmaid and never a bride,” it’s finally your time to shine! If you want to add some extra DIY glam to your big day, there is no better way to begin than checking out all your European crystal options. There are so many ways to glam up the big event from shoes to candle holders and jewelry, but there is also another way to sparkle and shine while saving a dime! DIY projects allow you to completely customize your look without having to pay over inflated wedding bouquet prices.

Try any of these ideas for adding extra shine to your wedding day. Simply buy loose, flat back European crystals and let your imagination do the rest. Here are some great ideas for building your custom wedding bouquet with European crystals.

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Why Women Love European Jewelry and How to Care for Them

European jewelry has continuously gained popularity since its innovation in 1895. After all, what is there not to love about this gorgeous Austrian cut glass? It sparkles like a diamond, looks amazing as a statement piece and lights about a room as part of a chandelier. The uses for European crystals are endless and that’s one of the main reasons that women love them! If you are the lucky owner of these beauties, here are some tips for keeping that sparkle bright and brilliant in your favorite pieces of jewelry.

Routine care and cleaning will keep your jewelry in great condition if you follow these simple tips:

Careful Cleaning:

You will want to purchase a jewelry polishing cloth and simply shine up your crystals whenever they appear to lose that extra shine that makes them so lovely. This cloth will rid the crystal of any oils, makeup or other everyday pollutant and return the sparkle to your favorite pieces without scratching the surfaces. In some cases where you can actually see the crystal has become soiled, you will want to fill a bowl or your skin with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Once clean, simply rinse under the water, dry with a lint-free towel and then complete the cleaning with your polishing cloth.

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Making Mother’s Day Charms Using European Crystals

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to give some serious thought to what you are giving mom this year. Chances are, one of the first Mother’s Day gifts you gave her was handmade so why not stick with the tradition with a DIY gift this year? It might not be those same cute little painted handprint posters you made for her as a child, but we have a feeling she will love it just as much. So what’s this amazing DIY gift, you ask? It’s a one-of-a-kind European crystal charm!

What Makes European Crystals Different Than Others?

You may have heard before that European crystals are the “diamond” of the crystal market but do you know what makes them so special? Well, no one knows for certain since the family behind these beauties keeps the exact process a secret (can you blame them?) but these quality lead crystals cast the most amazing spark and brilliance and for this reason, they are widely loved. This adoration is not only confined to jewelry makers, but also fashion designers and interior decorators. These crystals are surprisingly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to add a touch of elegance

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Bling Out Your Buckle With These Rhinestone Ideas

Are you known as ‘the queen of bling’? If not, what are you waiting for? Rhinestones are the latest and greatest DIY trend for adding that touch of sparkle to your wardrobe. While there is no end to the items that you can add glitz to, today we are going to focus on blinging out your buckle. “What kind of buckle,” you ask? Well, any kind of buckle you want! From belts to boots and jackets to jewelry, buckles are everywhere just waiting to be customized.

Belt Buckles

Get that country western cowgirl look…no horse experience necessary! Blinging out your belt buckle is a great way to add extra pizazz to any outfit. There are several different options you can go for here. If you want to go the route of the traditional cowgirl, you can use an actual detachable and interchangeable belt buckle. Many of these have beautiful metal work and are great as a statement piece. European flatback rhinestones are ideal for this type of project. Choose from many colors and go with one solid theme or mix it up! Using silver rhinestones in addition to an accent color is a great way to get noticed for your superior style!

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5 Great DIY Spring Projects

The winter months are full of festive fun and family time but once the holidays are over, it’s full steam ahead towards spring! After months of ‘cabin fever,’ the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and you are ready to start those great DIY spring projects you have been eyeing up on Pinterest all winter. Have you been falling behind on your pinning? Not to worry, we have picked out 5 great do-it-yourself spring projects to get your started!

1. Rhinestone Easter Eggs

Nothing says spring time like Easter! Prepare for your egg hunt like never before with these DIY rhinestone eggs! Simply buy those plastic eggs and then get ready to put your creative cap on. Choose some pastel rhinestone colors and grab a glue gun (or even Elmer’s glue if you are working with the kids) and start creating your own sparkly egg. What’s great about this project is that you can create any design you would like. If you prefer a solid sparkly egg, go with it! Putting these together in a large ornamental basket looks great and is perfect for entertaining. If you want to be a bit more daring, try creating strips, spots or designs.

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How to Add Sparkle to Your Scrapbook

As we say goodbye to 2014 and ring in the New Year we have yet another 12 months of memories to document. If you are an avid scrapbooker, this is music to your ears! If you are just starting to get crafty with different scrapbooking ideas, we have some suggestions for you. First off, we are of course a bit gaga for anything that sparkles and shines so we think blinging out your scrapbook is a marvelous idea! It’s also a great activity for those chilly winter days. Grab some hot chocolate and your scrapbooking supplies, if you are looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered!

Try these five sparkly scrapbook ideas and you just won’t be able to stop.

1. Create a Rhinestone Cover

We all want to make a great first impression right? The same can be said for our scrapbooks. Whether you are documenting family history, childhood accomplishments or simply a year or fun and friends, you are going to want a great looking cover. After all, let’s face it…many people DO judge a book by its cover. That being said, the best thing about scrapbooking is the chance to create something that is uniquely your own. There is no right or wrong way to bling! We suggest checking out the many different, colors, shapes and sizes of the popular self-adhesive rhinestones. Simply select the ones that catch your eye and make a statement about you and get to work! If you need more creative inspiration, Pinterest has a wide variety of scrapbooking images that may jog your inner artist.

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