Full disclosure: I have an obsession with bedazzling. I never actually owned an official Bedazzler (they lost some popularity during my younger years to other little-girl-fads; here's looking at you Easy Bake Oven!), but that didn't stop me from embellishing anything I could the old-fashioned way: some gems, some glue, and something to glue gems to! A DIY-er was born.
I had my ups (gem stoned jean back pockets? Made 'em, Rocked 'em, Jewel-Collared Chambray Top? Oh yes.), and my downs (a Michael Jackson-inspired studded jacket that went horribly wrong...) but even so, fast forward some years later and not much has changed - my love for bedazzling remains strong. And now, you're gonna have a hand at it. Because this crazy cute beanie is too easy and too adorable not to make! Plus, as per usual, I'm going to walk you through every step ;)
A beanie of your choice
Some gems, studs, old jewelry pieces, whatever you want!
First, plan out your design. I decided I would flip the bottom of my beanie upward and decorate the underside since this is how I usually wear this particular beanie (you may want to consider doing the same if your beanie is particularly long - just try it on and see what works best for you). Lay out your gems/stones/studs and play with some patterns until you find a design you love.
I just pulled a bunch of old jewelry out, use some jewelry pliers to remove a few pieces that may compliment each other and just went for it. Get crazy, kid.
Remove your pieces and place them directly below your beanie, to serve as a reminder of where they should be placed.
Use your Jewel-It and put a blob of glue where each gem/stone/stud will be placed. AND THEN DON'T TOUCH IT FOR TEN MINUTES. I know. I'm sorry. But this is a special kind of glue and it needs time to set and get tacky or else it won't adhere your gems. Do a face mask. Or a 10-minute workout. Or both. Just don't touch the glue!
Once the glue has set for ten minutes, push your pieces securely onto their glue blobs.
Let your beanie sit overnight to make sure the glue has completely set, and then you're free to wear it. Also, wait a week before washing it (shhhiittttt, am I supposed to wash my beanies? Am I gross? Don't answer that.)
Have a warm (and stylish) weekend everyone!