Make a Wearable Phrase with Resin Gemstones!

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)  I love things that are a little over the top. There are certainly times when I prefer a minimalist approach to decor or clothing, but I'm usually wishing it was a little sparklier/bigger/brighter/goldier (is that a word?) than it already is. I love dresses and tops that are adorned with sequins and gemstones, but they can feel a bit too dressy for everyday life. I thought it would be fun to use those giant neon gemstones on a sweatshirt to dress them down a little bit and shape them into a cheerful phrase instead of just having them around the collar. The process is similar to the DIY sequin phrase top I did earlier this year, but the gemstones make an even bolder (and more colorful!) statement.

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)       Supplies:
– plain sweatshirt
large sewable resin gemstones (mine are 13 x 18mm)
– jewel glue or fabric glue
– X-Acto knife or scissors
– straight pins
– needle and thread (optional)

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)          I first laid out my gemstones to see how many rows wide and deep I wanted each letter to be. I figured out that 9 gems tall and 3 gems across was a good height and width for the lines of the letters. So I printed out a font that would match that height and width (I used Function Pro Bold). The "H" was a little too wide for me, so I made a small fold in the middle of the letter to bring the two sides closer together.

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)         Once my phrase was printed and taped the correct width apart, I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the phrase, and I pinned it to the front of my sweatshirt.

I would choose a fabric top that's a little thicker like a sweatshirt or something else with a small, tight knit if possible. Most gemstones have settings with little prongs that could catch on delicate fabric, so choose something with a little more weight to avoid that happening.

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)          Next I simply began to glue the gems into the empty space by starting at the bottom and building each row up from there. I used three different colors of gems to create an ombre effect.

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)     Once the paper form was filled in, I let the glue completely dry, and then used a needle and thread to sew each gemstone onto the sweatshirt as well. Gluing the gemstones down first makes them much easier to sew later. If you feel confident in your jewel glue, you may not have to do the sewing step, but since I plan on machine washing the sweatshirt in the gentle cycle, I wanted the extra stability of the thread.

Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)
Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)     Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)     Love this! make a phrase with resin jewels (click through for tutorial)     So fun, right?! I think this idea would also be great with one big monogram letter (like just a "G" for my last name) or other characters like a hashtag, ampersand, exclamation point, or even a heart! I think it looks so cute with a skirt, but I've also been wearing it with just jeans and a pom-pom hat, so it's pretty versatile. This top makes a big statement for how easy it is to complete. What would you put on yours? xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Clever idea. It is fun to have a passion in design. I like very much making tutu dresses and skirts.

  • This is really great idea and nice decorative motif. Originality is perfect.

  • Great job on making the jewels so symmetrical! I’d totally fail at that part.
    Lovely colours choices and the leather skirt was a great choice!

    M.

  • Have you ever thought of cutting a bob? In the mirror shot it kinda looks like you did… pretty sure it would look awesome on you!

  • Sooo cute! The perfect way to add a pop of color and little pizzazz to an outfit.

    http://www.mahogany-closet.com/2014/12/bright-colors-to-brighten-your-mood-fit.html

  • I love how simple the process is and it doesn’t look like it is a DIY (the best kind of DIY in my opinion). I can’t wait to make one for New Year’s Eve. Nothing like letting your clothes do all the talking 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    makingmebymk.blogspot.com

  • This is a definite statement piece. A lot could be done with this idea. I love the sweater you chose to do it on, and the skirt you paired it with.

    http://absolutelytara.com

  • Most fabric glue is made to be washed and that’s why I sewed the jewels as well as glued to make it extra sturdy so I could machine wash on gentle. If you’re worried though, hand washing is fine 🙂

    Laura

  • Most fabric glue is made to be washed and that’s why I sewed the jewels as well as glued so I could machine wash on gentle. If you’re worried though, hand washing is fine 🙂

    Laura

  • You are right Joey, they do pull down a bit on the shirt (but I’ve had other shirts do the same if they have heavy embellishments). That’s another reason to go with a bit of a thicker fabric, OR, you can make your design smaller, use smaller gemstones, or just do an outline of something instead of filling it all in. Any one would be cute!

    Laura 🙂

  • Oh my, I’m obsessed with this! I’m definitely doing this!

    www.kristajacobs.blogspot.com

  • Cute! I love the colors. I’ve been kicking around the idea of a DIY gem collar on a sweater/sweatshirt myself.

  • This is so cute! And very original. Love how you combined it with that beautiful leather skirt!
    Love, Laetitia

    http://www.twocraziesoneblog.tk/

  • That is so cool!!!!! Great gift idea for my sister she loves that kind of “statement” clothes!
    xoxo
    Melodie
    http://www.sevenlivesandmore.com/

  • Omg!!! This tshirt is awesome!!! 🙂
    Great idea! Your blog is so inspiring <3

    http://mademoisellejuliet.blogspot.com/

  • The colors match with the mirror! Awesome! I love the idea and it looks great but how do you wash it? Do they fall off?

    http://xfallenmoon.blogspot.com/

  • What a perfect pairing – bright colorful gems + leather! So so fun. We might just make one that has our initials (R&R) on it. Stay merry & bright! xo – R&R

  • This is perfect for glam parties this season..even for night-outs.. love it, and love how simple it is.. love the idea of a single letter or ampersand…

    xo
    Hems
    agoldentulip.blogspot.com

  • Laura – you have the best style!!

    I wonder how this would wash though? Is it a hand wash only item once you attach the jewels?

  • The leather skirt bonds everything together, so true

    Debbbie
    http://inwhirlofinspiration.com

  • Wow, I simply can’t stand how cool is everything you make Laura. Go go girl!!

    tsiou, from http://inwhirlofinspiration.com

  • How much extra weight do the resin gems add to the shirt? They look like they might have weight on them and drag the shirt down. Is there a particular shirt weight/thickness you recommend to make sure you do have sagging or shifting issues? I’ve been curious to work with resin gems but haven’t made the leap yet and would love to do this in the future.

  • This is so 1980s! I feel like this would be fantastic for a themed party or show at a local venue. Love it paired with that leather skirt, too 🙂

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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