How to Make Jewel Crafts


Anyone can be a rock star with a  sugar and spice jewel craft.
Anyone can be a rock star with a sugar and spice jewel craft.

Children will love learning how to make jewel crafts for kids. With a little time and effort, kids can make gifts, clothing, and even jewelry. They'll love creating items that make them stand out in a crowd.

On the following pages we have some great jewel crafts for creative people of all ages. Make trendy, dazzling crafts that children can give or keep. Each project is throughly explained and has explanatory photos. It couldn't be easier to make something new!

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Funtastic Foam Frames

Everything looks better with jewelry; pictures are no exception. Any picture will look great in one of these funtastic frames.

Sugar and Spice Jewel Craft

Whether an angel or little devil, anyone who likes dazzle will have fun with this crafty project.

Bejewel Yourself!

Bindi art may be a hip new trend, but that doesn't mean you have to rush to the store to find it. Learn how to make cool body jewels.

Designer Jewels

Now anyone can have a pair of designer jeweled jeans without the price tag.

Jump right into the project of your choice, or start with funtastic foam frames and turn regular photo frames into bejeweled pieces of art.

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Funtastic Foam Frames

Show off any picture in these funtastic foam frames.
Show off any picture in these funtastic foam frames.

Your child will love showing off pictures in funtastic foam frames, and they make the perfect craft for any day. Children will enjoy making these frames to keep or to give as gifts.

What You'll Need:

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1 sheet of craft foam in any color

10 to 20 faux jewels in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes

1 photograph

1 pin back

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Pencil

Scissors or craft knife

Craft glue

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth. Draw a shape on a piece of craft foam with your pencil. Cut out the shape, and trace the same shape on the remaining foam. Cut out this shape (this will be your backing). You should now have 2 matching cutouts.
  2. Draw a smaller shape pattern inside the first foam cutout. Cut out this shape (this will be your frame).
  3. Trim your photograph so that the part you want to show will fit inside the frame. Glue the photo to the backing, then glue the frame on top of the photo.
  4. Glue faux jewels around the frame in any pattern you like. Let dry.
  5. Once the jewels have dried, turn over the frame, and glue the pin back in the center of the backing. Let dry completely before wearing.

Is your child an angel or a little devil? Let them show their true spirit with an angel or rock star T-shirt. Keep reading to learn about this sugar and spice jewel craft.

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Sugar and Spice Jewel Craft

Whoever wears these T-shirts can show their true colors.
Whoever wears these T-shirts can show their true colors.

This sugar and spice jewel craft sure is nice! Let the angel or the rock star in your life express themselves with a fun bedazzled T-shirt.

Angel T-shirt

What You'll Need:

1 light purple T-shirt

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110 aqua blue faceted faux jewels, 6mm each

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Waxed paper

Jewel glue

Give your little angel a new shirt.
Give your little angel a new shirt.
  1. Wash and dry the T-shirt before starting this project. Do not use any fabric softeners. Read glue packaging for care instructions.
  2. Cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth. Insert a piece of waxed paper inside the T-shirt to prevent glue from seeping through to the back of the shirt.
  3. Before you start gluing on the jewels, practice your "Angel" design on the T-shirt. Make sure all the letters will fit!
  4. Once you're happy with how the jewels look on the shirt, lift 1 jewel at a time, dot a small amount of glue on the shirt, and press each one into the glue.
  5. Let the glue dry completely before handling or wearing.

Rock Star T-shirtWhat You'll Need:1 red T-shirt100 clear faceted faux jewels, 8mm eachNewspaper Waxed paper

Jewel glue

Any star will rock this T-shirt.
Any star will rock this T-shirt.
  1. Repeat steps for Angel T-shirt, this time using "Rock Star" as your design.

Kids don't just like jewels on their clothes, they like them on their body, too. Now they can create cool bindi art. Keep reading to learn how.

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Bejewel Yourself!

Bejewel Yourself!
Bejewel Yourself!

Bejewel yourself with a fancy bindi. In some parts of India, a small mark or jewel, called a bindi, is worn on the forehead to symbolize marriage. Today, bindi art is one of the hottest trends, with people wearing bindi designs just for fun not only on their foreheads but also on their shoulders, cheeks, hands, and more!

What You'll Need:

Self-adhesive faux jewels in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes

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Be sure your skin is clean and dry. Face or hand creams may cause the jewels to loosen and drop off.

Before you start bejeweling yourself with bindi designs, apply 1 small jewel to the back of your hand. Let it set for a few minutes to make sure you aren't allergic to the adhesive. Most products are safe to use on skin, but you can never be too careful!

Arrange the self-adhesive faux jewels in pretty designs on your skin. Cool places for bindi art include the back of your hand or your upper arm -- larger jewels are usually applied here. If you want your design to really stand out, place a group of jewels over an eyebrow, on a cheekbone (about 1 inch below the eye), or along the back curve of your jaw. Smaller jewels are more appropriate in these places since they are easy to notice.

What You'll Need

Fingernail polish, clear and another color of your choice

Faux jewels

Tiny confetti

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Toothpicks

Low-tack adhesive glue stick

For fingernail accents, first cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth. Then apply a coat of colored fingernail polish to the nail or nails you want to bejewel. (Jewels seem to last longer on ring fingers and pinkies.)

Lightly rub the tip of a toothpick across a low-tack adhesive glue stick, then use the now-tacky toothpick to pick up a small jewel and place it carefully on the wet fingernail. Roll the toothpick gently to release the jewel. Repeat until you've added all the jewels you want. To add extra sparkle around the jewels, use the tacky toothpick to pick up and add tiny confetti shapes to the polish before it dries.

After the first coat of polish has dried, apply a topcoat of clear polish to ensure that the jewels will stay in place.

Do your children want new wardrobes for school? Let them make their own. Keep reading to learn how to create a new pair of jeans with designer jewels.

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Designer Jewels

Wow everyone with designer jeans!
Wow everyone with designer jeans!

Add some designer jewels to a pair of jeans and create a new piece of clothing. Children love new clothes and they'll definitely enjoy some with a little sparkle. These jeans are sure to stand out among the crowd.

What You'll Need:

1 pair of jeans

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30 round faux jewels, 8mm each, in an assortment of colors

20 teardrop faux jewels, 10x14mm each, in various colors

20 round faux jewels, 6mm each

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Waxed paper

Jewel glue

1. Wash and dry jeans before you begin. Do not use any fabric softeners. Read glue packaging for further care instructions.

2. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Fold 1 pant leg so the outside seam is in the middle of the fold. Then place waxed paper inside the jean leg to prevent glue from seeping through to the other side.

3. Place the teardrop and 8mm round jewels along the bottom of the jeans. Only jewel the outside half of the leg; otherwise, the jewels will pop off when your pant legs rub together. Also, avoid putting any jewels on the seam.

Be sure to lay out your jewels before gluing them down.
Be sure to lay out your jewels before gluing them down.

4. Once you're happy with your design, lift 1 jewel at a time, dot a small amount of glue on the jeans, and press each jewel into the glue. Let dry.

5. ­To decorate the back pockets, first lay out your design on the pockets using more teardrop and 8mm round jewels as well as 6mm round jewels. Attach each jewel to the jeans with jewel glue, and let dry.

Crafting projects, especially ones that dazzle, are something everyone can enjoy. With the ideas in this article, everyone can find something they will want to create!

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