How to Glue Stones to Jeans

If you’re tired of wearing plain denim jeans, consider jazzing them up with stones to stand out from the crowd. Applying stones in patterns or shapes allows you to show your personality and add a little flair to your clothing. With many colors and styles of stones to choose from, the final look depends mostly on your imagination.

Step 1

Lay the jeans on a flat surface.

Step 2

Use scissors to cut a piece of cardboard to the width of the pants leg or other area of the jeans to which you are applying stones. Slide the cardboard inside the area to prevent the glue from adhering to the other side of the denim.

Step 3

Arrange the stones on top of the jeans in the desired pattern. According to Printwear, choose stones that are either 6ss to 10ss in size, since they stand up better to repeated washing.

Step 4

Squeeze out 1 to 2 tablespoons of fabric-suitable gem glue onto a disposable plate.

Step 5

Pick up one stone using a jewel setter. To lift, simply press the wax end of the the setter gently onto the stone and lift up.

Step 6

While holding the stone with the setter, insert a cotton swab into the glue and dab it onto the back of the stone. Ensure the glue extends all the way to the edges.

Step 7

Re-position the stone as desired and press down firmly. Gently lift the setter to release. Don’t worry if the white glue is visible, it dries clear.

Step 8

Repeat the process to adhere the remaining stones one at a time to the jeans.

Step 9

Leave the jeans undisturbed for at least 24 hours to allow the glue to set firmly.