Use tweezers to pick up tiny rhinestones.

How to Glue Rhinestones on Candles

by S.R. Becker

Rhinestones, plastic gems with the sparkle of diamonds, dress up candles for special events. The right glue, a bag of craft-store gems and a little time transform a plain candle into a sparkling work of art. When attaching rhinestones to candles, you might find that your fingertips are too large to keep from fumbling the tiny stones, or that the glue oozes around the edges of the gems. The key to making gorgeous rhinestone candles for your next special event is using the right tools.

Pour a small number of rhinestones -- no more than 20 at a time -- into the lid of a jar. Turn each rhinestone face-up inside the lid.

Squeeze a pea-sized drop of tacky craft glue into another jar lid. Most tacky glues are white when wet but dry clear.

Dip the tip of a toothpick into the glue. Touch the toothpick to the candle to place the dot of glue where you want to stick the rhinestone.

Pick up one rhinestone with a pair of tweezers, keeping the right side facing up. Grip the edges of the rhinestone between the prongs of the tweezers so the stone remains flat.

Press the rhinestone down on top of the drop of glue on the candle. Release the tweezers and press down on the stone with your fingertip. Hold it in place for three seconds to allow the glue to set.

Allow the candle to dry for the amount of time specified on the glue bottle before moving or burning it.

Items you will need

  • 2 jar lids
  • Toothpicks
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Cotton swabs (optional)


  • Avoid getting glue on your fingers, as it can cause fingerprints on the candle and rhinestones. If glue gets on the tweezers, wipe it off with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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