diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

For all my record enthusiasts out there, or really anyone who loves stylish home decor, this DIY crystallized album cover is THE statement piece you need in your apartment, your dorm or house – NOW. I simply took the cover and accented it with crystal flatbacks for serious sparkle – I chose Madonna for obvious reasons, but feel free to choose any album or band you like!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Display as is on a shelf or tabletop, or you can also frame it for hanging on the wall itself. If you do frame, make sure whatever you glue onto the cover doesn’t have too much depth – I used a crystal star accent for her earring, and I don’t think this would fit flat in a frame.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Let’s get started!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 1

Gather materials. You’ll need an album cover (I got mine from St. Pete Records) choose one with a great design, or one with your favorite band!  You’ll also need a variety of crystal flatbacks (find some packs on Amazon here), a crystal glue pen (you can get this at Michaels craft stores, by the Swarovski stones), and a wax stick or Crystal Katana tool for picking up the stones (find it on Amazon here). I also used a larger crystal accent and rhinestone cup chain for her earring.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 2

Start adding small glue dots to select areas in the album cover. I definitely wanted to add shine to her lips, hat, and text. Depending on your cover, you might want to add a little or a lot of sparkle – take in to account how many flatbacks you have BEFORE you start gluing, so you don’t run out at the end! The crystal glue pen makes it super easy to add little dots of glue. Especially for the small crystals, you don’t want large areas of glue – it pools up too much.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Use the wax stick to place crystals on the glue dots. Use a mix of crystal sizes to fill in small gaps. It always helps to use crystals that match the background color of where you are applying them – the look is more seamless and realistic.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 3

Continue filling in areas with crystal flatbacks….. There will be some areas where it’s just too small to add crystals (I couldn’t really add them to the “Isla” font), which is ok. Pick a few accent spots to highlight!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Again, this is where color matching is key – it helps hide small gaps where crystals won’t really fit (top of the “A”), so the look is definitely more seamless.

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Step 4

Finish off by adding any larger accents at the end. I used a small charm and crystal flatback for her earring. I then cut two small lengths of rhinestone cup chain and glued them below the charm. Depending on how large your accents are, you might want to use E6000 glue for a stronger hold.

Let everything FULLY dry before displaying!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

Don’t worry, the record is still fully playable. I was really tempted to add black crystals to the plastic, but stopped short – that probably would have been somewhat sacrilegious!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations

My next DIY piece will hopefully be Journey’s Captured album (seriously dope graphic), or Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. What album will you DIY?! Let me know in the comments!

diy crystallized album cover by Quiet Lion Creations


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DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion

Part biker gang, part Top Gun, this look is all about grunge glam. The obligatory wing pic just couldn’t be passed up, no matter how basic (sorry guys)….. but anyway, this Triumph shirt was scored at a thrift store, making it perfect for upcycling. Clearly, I had to layer mine over a long sleeve top, considering the negative-degree windchill in Chicago’s winter. Howeverrrrrr, these tees are perfect for upcoming spring and Coachella season (who else is already thinking about music festivals?!) It’s not like I go to any festivals, or really listen to music – but the trends from the season are always ones to watch.

I started out by dip-dyeing it by submerging the bottom half in a bowl with half bleach, half water. It helps to fully wet the shirt before dip-dyeing, so that the bleach gently seeps up the fabric for a more muted and softer color transition. Check the color frequently, each shirt will dye differently depending on the fabric- when it’s reached the desired lightness, rinse the entire shirt and wash/dry.

Use an Xacto knife and metal file to distress the shirt- cut small <SMALL> holes with the Xacto knife and file them to roughen up the fabric- you can always cut the hole a bit bigger, but can’t go back if you’ve entirely sliced the whole shirt. This may have happened to me once…or twice…

I usually like to add a bit of distressing to the collar too, it gives the shirts a cool vibe. Be gentle on the collar- a few small slices will do. Well, unless you are going for a more intense worn-out look. Then slice away.

Finally, the last but my most favorite step, adding the crystals……simply use glass crystal hot fix flatbacks (there’s no surprise my favorites are Swarovski —you can grab these hot fix stones on Amazon–) and iron on for a permanent hold. Depending on the logo of your shirt, you might want to totally fill it or add selective sparkle. Get creative with this part!

I’d suggest you always hand wash these shirts – and hang dry.

Fly on, you little wings!

<photos by Mom>

DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion

DIY Tee shirt by Quiet Lion


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Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.

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Gorgeous latte art, a lotta vintage charm and loads of DIY sparkles – the perfect combination for a sleepy, snowy day.

I’ve been hooked on making upcycled tees and tanks – hence this sparkly The Doors version. You can grab some really great graphic tees at Goodwill or Salvation Army stores for just a few bucks. Add some bleach, then distress them with Xacto knives, sandpaper or a file. And finally – the best part – affix some heat-set rhinestones to the tee, giving your piece that glam/grunge goodness. Be careful when washing though, hand washing is best, to preserve all your crystals or embellishments.

Mix your new statement tee with layering pieces (as I’ve done here with chunky cocktail rings, stacking bracelets, a hand chain and pendant necklaces) for that always-coveted “indie” look. You can find my tutorial for a similar hand chain here, and tutorial for a similar crystal layering necklace here. And I mean, what better place to be at in this getup than a local coffee cafe? Higher Grounds in Lemont is all about that chill vibe – stop by for a steamy cuppa Joe or  creamy coconut milk cappuccino if you’re in the area!

And lastly, throw on a fur (faux of course) to chase away the winter chill.

Special thanks to my model Karlee Dewan for braving the snow, and Higher Grounds Coffee for letting us take over the window seats while we shot!

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Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com Model: Karlee Dewan
Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com Model: Karlee Dewan


All photos copyright Quiet Lion Creations. Email me at info@quietlioncreations.com for permission to use or re-post.
Don’t steal them, it’s bad karma ☺.