Make a Custom Rhinestone Image (A Tutorial and Free Silhouette Download)

Note: This is a sponsored post by Silhouette America.


How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So….I’ve been meaning to try out the Silhouette for rhinestones….and I finally got around to it.  I used the Silhouette Rhinestone Starter Kit……it comes with everything you need but I’d order extra rhinestones…..I just barely made it with the packs included. It also comes with some simple template downloads…..BUT, I’m picky and I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for in the store…..and wanted to make my own template.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Below is an animation on how I made my own template for the Silhouette to cut. You can use any font or image to make a template using this method as long as it’s not TOO detailed.
1. I started out with the letter “T” that used the size rhinestone hole I needed and deleted everything but a straight line of rhinestone circles.
2. I copied and pasted that line several times, then copied and pasted the new larger lines several times……until I ended up with a large square of rhinestone circles.
3. I found a font I liked for the number “5” and sized it over the rhinestone circle block…..and started deleting the holes that fell outside of my image.
4. I deleted the number “5” and deleted any other holes that looked out of place……and the image was ready to cut!

Note: MAKE sure not to resize any holes! The holes are specific to the size rhinestones you are using!

 

Once the image was ready, send it to the Silhouette machine to cut the holes into the rhinestone template material:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Next peel off the template material.

A VERY HELPFUL NOTE: if the holes don’t come out when you pull the template material off, turn over the backing you just peeled it off from and stick the template material to it. Then carefully peel it off again. The holes stick better to the revers side!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Stick the template material to the backing board that comes in the rhinestone starter kit:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Put the template into a box to contain your rhinestones…..and pour your rhinestones on top:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Using the paintbrush that comes in the kit, gently brush the rhinestones in a CIRCULAR motion until all or at least most of the holes are filled:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Fill in any missing rhinestones. The Silhouette Pick Me Up tool is the bomb….seriously. I’ll never use tweezers again. It has this thick goo material that picks up each rhinestone and includes a little tool to quickly remove the rhinestone or anything else you pick up. Whoever invented this thing….genius.

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The Pick Me Up tool in action:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once all your rhinestones are in place and you’ve removed any excess…..place the clear transfer tape on top of the design and press to adhere all the rhinestones:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Carefully remove the transfer tape and the rhinestones will come off the template:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Rhinestones ready to be ironed on!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Place the rhinestones down onto the object you wish to transfer them to. Cover the image with a thin cloth and press down on top with a heated iron for about a minute on the WOOL setting. Peel off the transfer tape once all the rhinestones are adhered:

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A finished rhinestone project!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Perfect, custom bling!

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To save you some time I’ve uploaded my grid (it’s a Silhouette studio file) and the #5 I used for Boo’s shirt. Just click the image below to download the zip file and open it using your Silhouette software.  The holes are sized for 10ss rhinestones!

 

How to make a Custom Rhinestone image with Free Silhouette Download DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to see other Silhouette projects and tutorials I’ve done!

 

 

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  1. 1

    Wow, thanks for this! I have a little turning 4 soon!

  2. 2

    Amazing!! I love bling and I am going to have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  3. 3

    You just kinda blew my mind.

  4. 4
    Beth Morrow says:

    ADORABLE!

  5. 5

    perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this! My Sienna turns 5 in March and I can’t wait to make her a bling shirt!

  6. 6
    lisa jack says:

    I yearn for a silhouette!!!! :-( maybe next year!!

  7. 7

    So cool! need to try this soon :)

  8. 8

    I sooo love this! You are a lifesaver!

  9. 9

    It’s cool.
    looks 1.000.000$

  10. 10

    Thanks Ashley for posting this! I got a rhinestone starter kit for my birthday and haven’t tried it yet. So nice to see what the process looks like!

  11. 11
    Christina says:

    I got to tour St. Johns factory about 10 years ago and this is almost exactly how they did bling on the garments! Amazing!

  12. 12
    Claudia Méndez says:

    Que bella camiseta!, como me gustaria tener una cortadora de esas……. algun dia! tendre una.

    Gracias por el tutorial.

    Te deseo un dia lleno de salud y fortaleza

  13. 13

    i will stick to having Paperlili do my bling for me. she is the best and everything she does is so professional and original

  14. 14

    Oh now that looks funnn.
    And a little easier than the Bedazzler and Puff Dot Paint t-shirt designs of my day.

  15. 15
    Michelle Wash says:

    As always Ashley U ROCK!!!! I LOVE ur details in everything u give information on….from poop to tutorials (LOL). Love and joy to u and ur crew.

  16. 16

    thanks a bunch for the idea why didnt i think of that ? again great job

  17. 17

    From what I have read so far you must have Designer Addition to be able to do this, but couldn’t I just use your template in the Studio without the special software and extra cost? I’m still new and have LOTS to learn!!

  18. 18
    irfan nagi says:

    hi i am in pakistan now i want to buy this Silhouette Rhinestone machine
    is there any body help me and tell me how to buy from my country

    thanks

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