Swarovski crystals can be used to add a bit of sparkle to nearly anything you own. Thanks to the different types of crystals and glue applicators you can buy, you can add them to both soft fabrics and hard plastics and metals.
All it takes is a bit of imagination to decide what to decorate and how to decorate it. To open you mind to the wide range of things you could customise, here’s a list of 50 of the most popular items that people apply Swarovski crystals to:
Perhaps one of the cheapest and easiest things you can start with, any humble t-shirt can be made unique with the application of the some crystal beads.
How to decorate your T-shirt with Swarovski crystals
Perhaps even cheaper than a t-shirt, any vest can equally be customised, plus, adding detail to the shoulder straps and neckline can make it seem very dressy.
You can give the traditional tough denim jacket a feminine twist by creating a design on the lapels or a large design on the back.
Jeans are perhaps the most common item of clothing out there, so you can make yours standout with a unique crystal design or trim.
Like a leather jacket, apply crystals to a denim jacket can give a traditionally tough piece of clothing a softer touch.
The shops have been flooded with denim shorts over the last couple of years, so make yours unique by decorating them your self.
If you’ve got an evening dress you’ve worn too much already, instead of buying another give it a new lease of life by applying your own diamante designs to it.
Cheap and lightweight, a sarong can be made a little bit more special by the addition of a unique design.
Again, the humble shirt can be transformed by a sprinkle of crystals, perhaps to the collar or cuffs to keep it subtle.
These normally casual items can be given a new lease of life and individuality by applying Swarovski crystals.
Make your glamorous shoes even more glamorous by adding extra dazzle with a diamante design.
Your flip-flops don’t have to look like everyone elses. Even a simple design added to the thongs can transform them.
Like your flip-flops your sandals can be quickly and easily transformed with a simple and cheap design.
Along with leather jackets above, tough old boots can be given the feminine touch with the application of a bead design.
Another item that has been very popular of late, you can individualise yours and easily standout from the crowd.
Any dull belt can be transformed with a flat-back crystal design. You could decorate the whole belt or just focus on the buckle.
The arms of sunglasses can be perfect for adding crystals. Especially wide plastic-framed sunglasses.
And if sunglasses are perfect, that means that normal glasses can be perfect too.
Bag or suitcase
If you’ve ever waited for your luggage to arrive in baggage claim, you’ll know how similar they all look. Give yours a twist and make it instantly recognisable with a few Swarovski beads.
Not so popular these days, so perhaps you could bring them up to date by decorating an old one and reintroducing it to your wardrobe.
Wide plastic bangles are a cheap and easy thing to start customising and making unique.
If you want to make a cheap watch feel a little more special you can try customising it with crystal beads. You could focus on the case, the strap, or both.
Give your daily handbag a bit of a lift, or give a bit more pizzazz to an evening handbag. You could just focus on the strap, the fastener or the whole thing.
And if you can decorate your handbag, why not decorate the things inside too and start with your purse.
Any style of hat can be customised with crystal beads. Especially popular are baseball caps.
Personalise your gloves with a design on the back of the hand, or cover the whole glove for the Michael Jackson effect.
There’s nothing to say that you can’t embellish something that’s already sparkly. Bring a new lease of life to old jewellery with the addition of more bling.
Your mobile phone is an ideal item for you to customise and make it unique compared to every other one out there.
Like a bigger version of your mobile phone, your laptop case is something else you can make completely different to every other one out there.
Why stop at decorating your possessions when you can decorate yourself. Turn yourself into a work of art for the day.
And for that matter, why stop at your finger and toe nails. You can now decorate your skin with diamante for really special occasions.
Turn your wine glasses into the centre of the conversation at your next dinner party by applying your own unique design.
Tea light holders
Take the same technique you used for your wine glasses and apply designs to your tea light holders too.
Notebook or diary
These items are usually very personal so why not make them even more personal by customising the cover.
Add a little bling to your ride by customising your bike. You could leave it at a small design on the frame, or even try to cover the whole thing.
And once you’ve finished with your bike, you’ll have to make sure your bike helmet matches too.
Make cheap ornaments like plain baubles look much more expensive by giving them the crystal bead treatment.
Transform items like picture frames, cushions, bedding or lampshades with your own unique designs.
Add little touches of design to any wood, fabric or metals based furniture in your house.
And don’t stop at the furniture, you can even decorate your walls with diamante.
Give your pet the luxury treatment by giving their old collar a make over.
So, as you can see, the possibilities are almost endless with what you can decorate with Swarovski crystals.
Share your designs and inspiration
Have you decorated any of these items, or any items we’ve missed? Email us and send us the details of what you decorated and how you did it, and we’ll add it to our guide.
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