My niece turned eight and she asked me to design a custom pair of bedazzled crocs for her to wear all summer long. At first, the task seemed easy enough – add rhinestones with some glue and then she could add croc charms (I bought on Amazon with free shipping).
I set out to find the perfect pair of plain crocs and asked her what her favorite color is. Her answer? Tie dye! I definitely didn’t expect that but since I love color and tie dye and all things bedazzled. I knew I was up for the task. At first I considered making tie dye crocs and quickly realized how ridiculous that was.
After perusing Tik Tok and the crocs website, I was pleased to know that they actually make tie dye Crocs so I got her a pair in her size. I went to ETSY to get ideas from other custom orders but wasn’t really happy with what I found. I began experimenting…and failing to keep the rhinestones on the shoes. But ultimately I figured out the secret sauce for making sure that the rhinestones stayed secure.
What kind of glue works on custom bedazzled rhinestone crocs?
When I had my first failure, I used E6000. I used it because it typically sticks to just about anything. But it didn’t stay on the crocs. With some trial and error, I made my very first pair of bedazzled crocs and I love the way they look! The ONLY GLUE that worked for me was Loctite ultra gel. But…you have to follow a very specific process to get it right!
What You’ll Need to create custom rhinestone Crocs:
- Dremel Tool
- Wax Pen (I like these because they can be sharpened)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Glue (Do not use E6000 for this project – only use this glue)
- Rhinestone Tray
- Sharpie Fine Point Marker
- Safety Glasses
- Painter’s Tape
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How to Make the Rhinestone Crocs
- Prep your Crocs. The oil from your hands will cause the rhinestones not to stick. I very gently wiped the crocs with rubbing alcohol. With designs like tie dye, you will want to be careful and not rub too hard. The design will wear off.
- Using your sharpie marker or any permanent marker, add dots where you want the rhinestones to go. I spaced my rhinestones carefully because I still wanted her to be able to add and trade designer charms with her friends.
- Grab your dremel tool (sandpaper tip) and gently make an indentation wherever you have added sharpie dots. This step is the MOST important because the rhinestones will not stick to the surface of the Croc material. You have to remove the top layer to get them to stick and stay. Also, be sure to wear safety glasses! You do not want Croc fragments flying into your eyes!
- Once you have made your indentations, you can begin adhering the rhinestones. Do a few at a time because the glue dries very quickly. Also, be sure to work in a well ventilated space. Loctite is strong stuff! Working outside with the glue is probably the smartest idea.
- Push down/hold down the rhinestones on your pair of crocs using weight. Some people use clamps but I had way too many rhinestones for that to work so I used painter’s tape and then put some heavy stuff on top for 24 hours.
- Once the glue was fully cured, I added some designer charms for her and decided that she can also add her own Jibbitz. I love the final result!
In conclusion, making custom rhinestone bedazzled crocs requires two main things: removing the surface with a dremel and using the right adhesive. If you want more rhinestone glue advice, check out my other blog post here.
Here’s the finished pair:
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