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Give clothes new life with Rhinestones {and a sparkly Silhouette deal}

In honor of Earth Day I have a little project that will help add some new life to hand-me-down clothes.

  You might know that I have four kids. Well, if any of you had older siblings you might know what it’s like to get hand-me-downs. Ella, my youngest has two older sisters and she is very familiar with hand-me-downs…

So when Silhouette sent me a really fabulous Rhinestone kit and asked me to make something with it, I immediately thought it would be fun to take something in Ella’s hand-me-down pile and get her excited about wearing it.
She was thrilled!! 

She picked out a red shirt and a pair of shorts her sister Hannah had only worn a few times. Then I let her pick out ANY of the Rhinestone Designs on the Silhouette Online Store. I was surprised at how many designs they have!! We might have spent a couple of hours deciding on our favorite — just sayin’. It was a hard decision for a 6 year old!!

She finally decided on this happy flower pattern: 
Now this truly is a quick project.
We were done in 20 minutes.
Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial: 

1. Took the Rhinestone Transfer paper, loaded it into the Silhouette machine and printed out the image.
2. Poked out the holes.
3. We used the Silhouette Universal hook to poke out the holes.
4. Once the image was clean, we peeled off the back of the special Rhinestone Transfer Paper and adhered it to the backing board that came with the kit.

5. Took the various sizes of Rhinestones and decided where to place them in the design.
6. Used a special tool that came with the kit to push the rhinestones into the holes.
7. Got the rest of the rhinestones in place with another special tool.
8. This tool is the Pick Me Up and has a sticky end that grabs the rhinestone so you can pick it up and put it in place. Very handy.

9. Once the design was ready, we got out our transfer paper.
10. We laid a piece of transfer paper over the top of the design, sticky side down  and pressed down on the design.
11. Then when we peeled the paper up, the rhinestones were stuck to the inside.
12. The last thing was to lay the transfer paper over the spot where we wanted the design to be on the top and shirt and then we ironed the rhinestones on the fabric. And to make it stick even more, we turned the shirt and shorts inside out and ironed them from the inside as well. 

**For the shorts — I wanted to use the same design but not have it be exactly the same as the shirt, so I only used rhinestones on the round flowers and not the vines. 
So now Ella is thrilled to get hand-me-down clothes because she knows that she can add some bling to them and make them her own!! 
And guess what??? Silhouette is offering a special discount on their machine with a special Rhinestone package from now until APRIL 26th.
By entering the code — TATER at checkout, you’ll receive the Silhouette Rhinestone Bundle, which includes…



The Silhouette SD

2 sheets of rhinestone template material

2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape

2 rhinestone backing boards

1 rhinestone placement brush

1 CD of rhinestone images

1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones

1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones

1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones

1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestones


1 Pick-Me-Up tool

ALL of this for $229!


That’s a savings of $125!

*Just click on the “special bundle” icon and then enter TATER*


If you already have a Silhouette — all Silhouette rhinestone products are discounted 30% this month! These prices should automatically be lowered when you purchase them at checkout :)




PS TGIF! It’s Friday! And guess what that means?? It’s almost time for the 

Weekend Wrap Up Party!! My favorite time of the week when I get to see what YOU have been working on and to feature YOU!!! 


The party starts at 6pm {MST} — I hope you will come join the fun!!!



  1. Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist says:

    Adorable outfit.. good recycle job! and I wanted to say… VERY nice job on the Tut. Obviously the company sent out a lot of the kits since they are on all the " hot blogs" right now but I have to say I now fully understand the process now based on your tutorial.. thanks!


  2. Chris Wooten says:

    I love it…so this is easy? wow…I want one of those machines

    love your blog


  3. Nichole @ Barillafab4.blogspot.com says:

    super cute..what a great way to spruce up hand me downs and make them their own new clothes! :) I am still drooling for one of those machines!

  4. Christine says:

    What a sweet way to change an outfit. I like how now the hand me downs are all new for her. Darling daughter. Happy Easter week end to you.

  5. Re: my previous comment on the discount code not working … Looks like the rhinestones are all discounted, and your code works for the Silhouette with the bundle. I think they just didn't put the rhinestone starter kit on sale, and that's what I was looking for. No worries. Love your post! Thanks again!

  6. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Oh how cute. I remember when my daughter was into adding bling to her things (even her shoes)!

  7. This is so cool! My daughter would freak out if I made her something this cute!

  8. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Work it, Miss Ella! Love her sass in the last picture!!

  9. That is VERY cute, friend!

  10. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com says:

    Some people have said that the TATER code doesn't work. I went in to the Silhouette site and tried the code and it worked for me for the Silhouette machine and rhinestone bundle. If you are just looking to buy rhinestones and no silhouette, all the rhinestones are on sale through Silhouette and Silhouette told me that the price will be reduced at the end when you check out. Let me know if anyone has problems and I will get back to ASAP.

    Have a great Friday!


  11. Amber H. says:

    I also tried to use the tater code for the 30% off since I don't need a machine and it didn't work. Any ideas?

  12. debbie susee says:

    Such a great idea!

  13. Katherines Corner says:

    A girl can never have enough sparkle!Happy Friday,Happy Good Friday, Happy Earth Day, Happy Jelly Bean Day ( yes it's actually jelly bean day)Hugs from Katherine. P.S have you entered my giveaway?

  14. That is so darling, what a fun easy way to make your kids enjoy what they wear! I so envy you brilliant craft mind!

  15. I am also having issues trying to get your coupon code to work just for the kit.

  16. Love it! I have a Silhouette and am trying to use your TATER discount for 30% off the rhinestone starter kit and it's not working. :( Any suggestions?

  17. Huggs and Kisses xo says:

    So cute! One of these days I will have some money saved up to get a Silhouette machine. :)

  18. Very Verdant says:

    Cute Cute!!!