How to Make Jewel Crafts

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

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



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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