June 21, 2012

Personalized Backpack - with Rhinestones!!

I have the perfect solution to spice up a hand-me-down backpack today.... make it personalized!  With rhinestones!!  It doesn't get much better :)

I was sent a Rhinestone Starter Kit from Silhouette to try out - - love it!!

And of course, there's an awesome deal that starts today....

·         You will be able to get 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Rhinestone Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $339.98!) when you use the code "SUGARBEE"!  that's an awesome deal!!

For those of you that already have a Silhouette or Cameo, you can get the Rhinestone Starter Kit for just $29.99, using the same code, "SUGARBEE" - wahoo!

So head on over to Silhouette for that amazing deal (be sure to use the code to get your discount), and hurry, the promotion will only run June 21-28th

 Here's my project for today - Rhinestone Backpack Tutorial - but keep reading because I show off several other project ideas at the end of the post....

The kit comes with an instruction booklet but I thought I'd walk you through a quick how-to, because it's a neat concept and I want you to know what the whole rhinestone thing is all about...

First, you use "rhinestone" template designs (the kit comes with free ones, plus you can buy tons more in the Silhouette Store) - but DON'T RESIZE your image - - most images come with several sizes (see, 3 sizes of flowers) - you can't resize it because the holes are preset and you don't want to mess them up.

So the machine will cut the template - see it with all the holes:

And then you stick that to a thick board - like so (making it completely reuseable!):

Now when you pour on the rhinestones, you swirl them around til they fit in all the holes.  I have to hand-place some, but that's okay - til you get this:

Then you use special transfer tape for heat - it's like a clear sticker - and put it on top of your rhinestones - and they all stick in their place - and it looks like this:
Then you take that and iron it on to whatever you're making.  The rhinestones have glue that's heat-activated on the back of them.  So cool!
I love the way it turned out!

 It took a backpack that was a hand-me-down and really turned it into her own - she loves it!!!
 She is going to summer school this summer.  It's a fun optional thing to do in our area.  It's just a few weeks long.  None of the other kids wanted to go this year, but she did - she's going into Kindergarten and couldn't wait til fall!!  Here's a before and after of the backpack - on the left is the first day of summer school (no rhinestones) and on the right is how she looked getting on the bus today - funny that it's the same hairdo.

 Other ideas from me for using your Rhinestone kit:

and if that's not enough you can find more ideas on for Rhinestones on the Silhouette Blog.

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

6 Fabulous Comments:

Very cool I used to embelish all of my backpacks for school. I also did my folders, it was like my big project before school. We would buy plain colors and then I would go to town decorating them.

This is super cute! I love that it was a hand me down!

Very cute idea...but we have been told for years that you should never put a child's name on their backpacks, tote bags, jackets, clothes, etc. A stranger can come up to them and call them by name and the child may think that because they know their name, they are safe. Just a thought.

Very cute - but I was going to say the same thing as susang. My husband is in law enforcement and has said many times that having a child's name visible is really a way for pedophiles to befriend children. Just a warning...

Great inspirational post as always!I really like your creative work keep it up...Template Design

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