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How to Bejewel Your Tights

Shine on, you crazy diamond-legs.

The inspiration behind today’s tutorial is this photo by Micachu. When I first saw it making the rounds on all my favorite tumblogs, I immediately wanted to try to DIY it.

I’ve been a fan of tacky, embellished clothing for as long as I can remember, and this project combines two of my favorite things: bright-colored hosiery and plastic gems. Even though the idea behind this DIY is pretty straightforward, I think having a guideline for even the simplest of craft projects is always helpful.

You’ll need:

  • Brightly colored tights or socks. I think this would look really cool on sheer stockings, too! (Try We Love Colors for brightly colored tights. If you don’t want to spend extra money on a pair of tights you’re just gonna glue stuff to, you can always opt for their *totally* affordable [and equally awesome] nylon socks.)
  • A pack or two (or three) of acrylic jewels (you can find these at Jo-Ann, Michaels, Walmart, or any store with a crafts section). You could also try adding some regular sequins to the mix to change things up a little.
  • Extra-strength glue. I would suggest using E-6000 glue (it’s the best!). (You can buy it at Jo-Ann.)

Step One: The first thing you wanna do is lay your tights out flat with the toe seams facing up (this way you’ll have a better idea of where the front of the legs are).

Step Two: Start placing jewels all around the tights. Keep in mind that you’re not going to be gluing anything down just yet. At this stage you’re just testing out different designs and trying to figure out how you want the jewels arranged on the tights. You can scatter them about randomly or in clusters, or you can try making different patterns using the existing shapes. Use your imagination!

Here are a few design ideas to get you ~*inspired*~.

A daisy made out of half-moon and round gem shapes.

Pink petals made from teardrop-shaped gems.

More flowery designs!

Other stuff you can do: four-leaf clovers using triangular or heart-shaped gems! An all-over checkerboard pattern using square gems! If you’ve got enough round gems on hand you could try a polka-dot pattern!

Step Three: Once you’ve figured out where you want all of your gems to go, affix each one to the tights with a tiny bit of glue, following the patterns you mapped out previously.

Step Four: Flip the tights over and repeat all of the previous steps on the other side and up the sides of the legs.

After you glue on all your gems, let the tights dry for at least a day before you attempt to wear them, otherwise you’ll risk leaving a trail of plastic gems everywhere you go!

And that’s all there is to it! (I told you these were gonna be super easy to make.) As always, if you think of any neat ways to embellish tights, or try this tutorial out for yourself, please let us know (submissions@rookiemag.com)! We love seeing all your Rookie-inspired DIYs! ♦

45 Comments

  • Celiabow January 23rd, 2012 7:07 PM

    Those tights are amazing I’ve always wanted to have jewelled tights now I can make my own YAY!
    http://celiabow.blogspot.com/

  • elenamarie January 23rd, 2012 7:14 PM

    Omigod!! I love this!!

  • Mariana January 23rd, 2012 7:18 PM

    I love every freaking DIY posted so far, including and especially this! It’s a simple idea, yet totally cute.

  • roonilwazlib January 23rd, 2012 7:19 PM

    These are totally radical and I wanted to make them as soon as I saw that photo floating around tumblr! One question though, have you tried washing them? Will the gems fall off while handwashing?

    • Marlena January 23rd, 2012 8:46 PM

      I’ve hand washed mine once since sticking the gems on and they haven’t fallen off yet!

  • tinytractor January 23rd, 2012 7:28 PM

    How do you wash them though? Will they come off?

    • Marlena January 23rd, 2012 8:46 PM

      If you hand wash’em and use the right kind of glue they shouldn’t fall off.

  • MissKnowItAll January 23rd, 2012 7:29 PM

    Whoa, my tights just got so much cooler!!
    PS can you do a DIY on transferring prints onto t-shirts. I’m a designer and I’m having a hard time getting my prints to transfer onto cloth. Thanks a bunch!!!

  • ivoire January 23rd, 2012 7:30 PM

    I love this month’s theme ☾☾☾

  • LaurieCelia January 23rd, 2012 7:37 PM

    HALLELULEJAH! I have a drawerful of fuschia, teal and red tights that need a lil’ jewelled-up love! Thanks Rookie! xoxox

  • chilljill47 January 23rd, 2012 7:44 PM

    omg, awesome idea!! i was just thinking… how could you make tights into glitter tights? without the glue getting gross… ho hum just a thought, but yeah, awesome tutorial!

  • Giulia Lain January 23rd, 2012 7:45 PM

    I need to put this into practice NOW. :D

  • filmfatale January 23rd, 2012 7:46 PM

    I work at a craft store. We sell these products. If we start moving them posthaste tomorrow, I’ll know why.

    (Check and see if your craft store sells Jewel-It, which is even better if you’re gluing rhinestones to fabric.)

  • burn-your-flesh January 23rd, 2012 7:51 PM

    Woah I wanna do this now. . . . also those shoes in the last picture are awesome.

  • darksideoftherainbow January 23rd, 2012 8:03 PM

    this is too amazing to be a coincidence…i was just looking at embellished tights LAST NIGHT! i love you. this is too perfect.

  • neon_rattail January 23rd, 2012 8:23 PM

    Marlena, you’re the best! This is great and I’m glad to see so many of your projects on Rookie lately!
    -Michelle
    neonrattail.blogspot.com

  • Isobel January 23rd, 2012 8:43 PM

    Cool post, going to try it tomorrow!!! You should credit that first picture though. http://www.flickr.com/photos/milanesas/

  • Torrie January 23rd, 2012 9:41 PM

    The amount of glittery stuff on Rookie is just perfect… so perfect.

  • daliaop January 23rd, 2012 9:48 PM

    I want to make these but how would you wash them?

  • January 23rd, 2012 10:38 PM

    They look amazing! I think hand-wash would be safest?

  • SweetThangVintage January 24th, 2012 12:09 AM

    Gonna try this for sure! Wonder if wearing them with my newly glitter covered skates would be too much…NAH!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetThangVintage

  • Susann January 24th, 2012 12:56 AM

    Thise look so cool! I’m not sure if I’d really dare wearing them, but why not try it for the fun of D.I.Y? :)

    http://fashioninpepperland.blogspot.com

  • sedgwick January 24th, 2012 1:14 AM

    i wonder if i can get away with this on my school winter uniform tights. probably not, but they’re a nice navy blue, and silver and gold glittery bits would totally make them look like a night sky….

    http://www.teenageconstruct.blogspot.com

  • Jean January 24th, 2012 2:11 AM

    I found out about a design place called Bebaroque the other day. Their tights are literally out of this world!

    I love this craft – so going to try this out :)

  • Monty January 24th, 2012 2:30 AM

    oh i know what i’m doing tomorrow

  • Brit January 24th, 2012 7:02 AM

    My school uniform says that tights are mandatory..

    It doesn’t say anything against the tights being totally covered in plastic gems though.
    Heh heh.

  • TheDemoiselle January 24th, 2012 10:30 AM

    Marlena, you’re a genius.

  • Cruicked January 24th, 2012 4:59 PM

    I am going to do this with black tights and googly eyes!

  • KinuKinu January 24th, 2012 7:16 PM

    This is So cool!! doing it for sure!!

  • tomfoolery January 24th, 2012 7:40 PM

    what a great tutorial, i love it! Bedazzled tights have just popped up in the Chanel Couture, so on trend!

  • Sea goddess January 25th, 2012 12:54 AM

    THIS IS WONDERFUL!
    AWFUL THANKS!<3

  • Narnie January 25th, 2012 2:24 AM

    JUST MADE THESE! I’m so excited to wear them!

  • mamacass January 25th, 2012 10:58 AM

    Absolutely amazing. I love those gems! I remember them so clearly from my childhood. Super nineties.

    http://www.cassandrahsieh.com/

  • stylepukka January 25th, 2012 7:49 PM

    aahhh super cool; kind of like the spankgirls. and elle ribera of opium poppies did a cool one using pearl strands.

    stylepukka.tumblr.com

  • nina19 January 26th, 2012 5:58 PM

    have. to. do. this. havetodothis havetodothis havetodothis

    http://heres-to-nina.blogspot.com/

  • frostytime January 28th, 2012 2:17 PM

    would rubber cement work instead of e6000? i used a gluie gun and they’re starting to fall off :(

  • Allison February 12th, 2012 12:29 PM

    I remember seeing this exact picture last year and have wanted to do this since then!

  • ticktockrobot February 12th, 2012 10:56 PM

    Ohhh, can’t wait to try this one. All of these bratty girls at school always stare at me when I come into school with things like these lovely tights on. I love it..
    Maybe one day I’ll stare at their uggs and abercrombie jeans like they stare at my father’s vest (worn as a dress).