The beauty of being a DIY enthusiast is that you can transform anything into art by getting a little creative! A good pair of sunglasses can be the perfect accessory to complete your different looks. From an outing to the beach, a theme party, to an outdoor pool party with friends, our DIY tips will help transform your sunglasses and its accessories into a piece of admiration for all!
Check out these crafty ways to make your sunglasses look iconic and add some serious fun to your wardrobe!
1. Bedazzled Makeover
Do your old sunglasses need a revamp that will give the producers of ‘Extreme Makeover’ a run for their money? Put that pair to good use and give it a glam makeover with our easy DIY ideas!
What You Need:
- Pair of sunglasses
- Fine grade sandpaper (If the frame is not matte)
- Mod Podge
- Fine loose glitter
- Fake flower heads
Method 1: Colour Me Glitter!
- Protect the lens with some light grip tape ensuring that all the curves are well covered.
- In case your frame is slick, sand the frame so that the glitter can stick better.
- Now take your sunglasses and use a brush to cover the frame (however you like it) with an even coat of glue.
- Pour fine glitter over the glue until it is evenly covered. Work on this step promptly because the glue needs to be wet so that maximum amount of glitter will stick.
- Shake off any loose glitter and allow the frame to dry. Once the glue is dry, apply an even coat of Mod Podge and allow the coat to fully dry (as per instructions).
- Repeat from step 3 if needed. Once your glue has set, you are ready to flaunt your new and improved sunnies at that fun party next week!
Method 2: Flower Power
- Apply a dollop of glue onto the back of the fake flower.
- Firmly press the flower onto the corner of the sunglasses. Hold it in place, until the glue sets. Work from the top of the glasses, continuing to add more flowers in the pattern you like.
- Repeat on the other side and allow it to dry for a couple of hours, and your floral shades are ready to wear!
- Tiny plastic blossoms make for a pretty, feminine embellishment and will look beautiful for a beach wedding or a chill Sunday brunch with friends!
You can also replace the flowers with rhinestones, pearls, and beads or make your pattern with a sharpie pen, like polka dots or geometric shapes to suit your taste!
2. Sunglasses Chain Holder
When you are constantly taking off and putting on your sunglasses, it is easy to set them down and lose track of them. A simple solution is to connect your glasses to a chain! The great thing about this chain is that it is easy to make, a DIY version that is personalized to your style.
What You Need:
- Nylon cord
- Assorted beads
- Two crimp beads
- Two rubber chain holder
- Flat-nose pliers
- Decide how long you want the finished strand to be, and add four inches to the desired finished length (around 30 inches).
- Thread one end of the wire or cord through one of the crimp beads and rubber chain holder. Then, thread the cord back through the crimp bead to create a loop. Close the crimp bead with the pliers.
- Bring out your inner Martha Stewart by experimenting with different bead patterns, sizes, colors, and embellishment spacing on sunglasses.
- Continue to string the beads leaving enough room at the end of the cord for the closing crimp bead and chain holder.
- Repeat step two and close the crimp bead with the pliers and trim any extra cord.
- Slip the chain ends onto your glasses and voilà! You have a stylish accessory that is both practical and posh!
Alternatively, you can use a dainty chain with charms (convert your broken necklace, maybe?) and secure it with the rubber chain holders on both ends.
Need a new pair of sunglasses to match with your DIY uber-cool eyewear holder? Choose from the Gold Purple Brown Full Rim Hexagonal Sunglass from Vincent Chase and the Matte Gunmetal Blue Full Rim Round Sunglass from Vincent Chase
3. Sunglasses Case Revamp
Are you using a sunglasses case you find quite drab? Thinking about upscaling it? Well, if you are an avid DIY lover, we have a feeling you might be just as into this project as we are.
What You Need:
- Sunglasses case
- The fabric of your choice
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Fabric glue (or glue gun)
- Permanent marker and paint (colors of your choice)
Method 1: Paint It!
- Use a color of your choice for the top-coat. The color you choose will determine how many coats you will need (lighter color will require more coats).
- Once dried, it is time to add your design. If you want a fun looking case, add your favorite quote, or some simple aesthetically pleasing designs.
- Finally, seal the art with a fixative spray or varnish.
Method 2: Love For Fabric
- Cut fabric for the outside of the case, ensuring that you have enough to cover the entire area and tuck inside the case (you can also cover the insides).
- Spread the Mod Podge onto the case evenly with a sponge brush and carefully place the fabric over it. Make sure there are no air bubbles when you press down on the fabric.
- Once you are happy with the placement, cut off any excess fabric (attach the inner fabric in the same manner).
- Once the case is completely dried, optionally, you can add some lace or beads to decorate your case as you like!
4. Display Board
Our sunglasses are regular loiterers on our kitchen counter, side table, and every random place possible (sometimes even between the table counter and the wall), desperately needing a display stand of their own. What if we said you can make your sunglasses stand which can double as a piece of art? Let us show you how!
What You Need:
- An old mirror frame or photo frame (Minus the glass)
- Long string
- Strong glue/ hot glue gun
- Spray paint in the color of your choice
- Ensure that the frame you use is free of any dust or dirt by wiping it down with a damp cloth, and let it dry.
- Spray paint the entire surface of the frame in the color of your choice and let it dry completely.
- Now measure the string to fit the width of the frame and cut them into two or three pieces to form the rows on which the sunglasses will hang.
- Turn the frame over and stick the string on the frame. Hold the string in place until the glue sets.
That’s all! Now you can hang your sunglasses on the strings in style and never lose them behind a table counter ever again!