Make Your Own Glitter Sunglasses!

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial)

I love this part of spring when you start to switch your brain into warmer styles and fashion—sundresses, shorts, sandals, and of course, sunglasses! While I don’t quite have the manufacturing technique down to make my own pair of sunnies from scratch, I thought it would be fun to team up with our wonderful friends at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to take an existing pair and give them a glam summer makeover by encrusting them in glitter. It was easier than I thought it would be to create the look, and I love the shimmery results!

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial)
Supplies:
-sunglasses that have removable lenses* (I used these and these) + eyeglass screwdriver
Mod Podge
Triple Thick Glaze
fine loose glitter
brushes
super glue
-fine grade sandpaper

*NOTE: You could also try this with sunglasses that don’t have removable lenses and use painter’s tape to protect the lenses instead, but I found that after several coats of the glitter and glues, it was really difficult to remove the tape with a clean line result. So, try it if you like, but I think the removable lens route gives the finished product a much cleaner look.

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial)First you’ll want to remove your lenses from the frames. You can tell if sunglasses have removable lenses or not if there are little screws on the inside of the glasses that are holding the lenses in place. Use an eyeglass screwdriver to remove the screws and the lenses. Don’t worry about saving the screws. The glitter and glues cover over the tiny holes, so it’s actually easier to just glue the lenses back into the slots when you’re done.

If you bought sunnies with a matte material for the frames (not shiny or a bit textured or rough feeling), then you won’t need to use the fine sandpaper. But if your frames are a really slick or glossy plastic, I would suggest a quick run over the frame with the sandpaper to give the Mod Podge a better surface to stick to (just make sure to wipe off any sanding dust when done).

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial)Take your lensless frames and use a brush to cover the middle, front, and back with a thin even coat of Mod Podge. Don’t worry about the sides yet, we’ll get to those later. Quickly pour fine glitter over the glue until it’s evenly covered. You’ll want to work fast on this step because the glue needs to be as wet as possible so that the maximum amount of glitter will stick. Shake off the excess glitter and allow the Mod Podge to dry. I would suggest pouring the glitter over a box or other container so you can save the glitter if you like, or at least keep it from going all over your house. Fine, loose glitter can haunt your house forever if you don’t keep it contained.

Once the glue is dry, repeat the steps with a second coat of Mod Podge and glitter and allow that coat to fully dry as well.

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial)When the Mod Podge has set, use a brush to add a coat of Triple Thick Glaze. The glaze will seal in the glitter so you don’t end up with fine glitter specks in your hair for weeks, and it will also help even out the surface a bit so it doesn’t feel as rough against your skin. Allow the glaze to fully dry for 24 hours. Then repeat the process of glittering and glazing the two side ear pieces the next day. Allow the sides to dry for another 24 hours once you glaze them before adding the frames back in.

The reason for doing the sunnies in two parts is so that you always have the other part of the sunglasses to hold on to while you are painting the glue or sprinkling glitter on the other half. And trust me on letting the glaze cure for 24 hours before handling the frames. You’ll end up with smudged glitter if you don’t.

Once your glaze has cured, use a precision tip super glue to put some glue into the eyeglasses slot where the lenses fit in (don’t go overboard or the glue will overflow out onto your lenses). Before you glue them in permanently though, do a test run without the glue to make sure they still fit properly after all those layers have been applied. If your lens channel got a little clogged with glue or glitter, use a small tip like an X-Acto knife or the flat-head end of your eyeglasses screwdriver to scrape out the channel until they fit again. Once your glue has set, you’re ready to share your new and improved sunnies with the world!

Have to try this! Glitter sunglasses DIY (click through for tutorial) TestHow fun is that? I can’t think of anything better for getting in the warm weather mood than a pair of glittered sunnies. Perfect for beach trips, outdoor parties, or, who am I kidding, just sitting around in my backyard reading magazines and eating popsicles. Think you’ll add some sparkle to your sunnies as well? xo. Laura

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

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  • Well, a good pair of sunglasses is always nice. I heard that the Rayban ones are currently in vogue. But do you know how cheap can they be? Check them at http://rb-optician.co.uk/ !

  • Thanks for sharing! I need to find an eyeglass at http://www.eo-executiveoptical.com/product-category/frames-sunglasses/ , then I’ll this!

  • So cute! I glittered a pair of heels with a friends’ business and had a great time! It’s a fantastic idea for a DIY party.

  • What a great idea, love this post! Do you have any suggestions for storing sunglasses? I love sunnies but they all stay in my pedestal drawer which is so messy. Maybe you have cool DIY display unit like you did with the jewellery and handbags?

    Stay golden.
    Tumelo. x

  • I did this last year with dollar store sunglasses and pearl heart studs. I just glued a couple to the end pieces and viola!

  • Dusty pink glitter would be perfect for these!

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  • This would probably be perfect with cat-eye sunglasses. I have been wanting a pair forever, and glitter ones sound even better.
    xostylestalker.com

  • Aaahh I love these! The idea of popping the glass out makes me nervous but I think it would definitely be worth it! So pretty!

  • I love this! I made myself take a break from Mod Podge when I found myself looking around my office at work for things to Mod Podge and considered the stapler and the phone. I think I’m due to break it back out.

    -Melanie-
    http://www.theseblankwalls.com

  • They look amazing! Really wanna try this out! They remind me off the Miu Miu sunglasses that i love 🙂 Sofie xx

  • This is such a quirky and fun idea! 🙂

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    Xoxo Jessy

  • You could also probably dip the ends in an epoxy resin to make sure that it doesn’t rub against your ears. Would definitely make it into a more time-intensive project though.

  • These are son fun! I totally want to make a pair for summer!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Glitter on sunglasses? What a brilliant idea! Nothing like glitter shining in the sun to make you look extra fashionable. Can’t wait to try this out!

    Juju Sprinkles
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  • Ah that looks really funky 🙂
    I shall try this out, I though it would look amazing with some black glitter ha

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    Betty

  • These are so cute! Great idea, I bet they look really cool with the sun shining on them!

  • I NEED these sunglasses!Pretty sure glitter makes everything better 😉

  • Gorgeous! Great tutorial!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  • Ah, a perfect way to salvage the sunnies my sweet pup has scratched!

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  • Adorable! I must make them! I have to say though, hilariously, my first thought was that this sounds like something that would have come up on your idea wheel from the documentary?

  • Ohhh they look quite nice. I can see how not having a removable lens can led into a bit of a mess.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

  • I agree that I don’t usually do the crafty DIY stuff but I can see doing this one! I collect old glasses from thrift shops and they would be cool to do this with, especially the old 50s plastic ones with the crazy shapes. Thanks for the great idea!

    Deni from Inbal Designs
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  • I love this! Last year I did something similar with some mini heart-shaped pearls and hot glue. Just a couple studs in the corners of each end piece turned my dollar store buys into stunner shades!

  • this is so cute! i’m definitely saving this 🙂

    xo, k
    www.pocketofblossoms.com

  • Who needs five hundred dollar Miu Miu glasses when you can just make them at home? 😉

  • A crazy thought, but I wonder if the Vaseline method could work on non-removable lenses? I might have to try it with a cheap pair of glasses. I use it all the time on my skin when I dye my hair and it works… perhaps it would keep the glue from sticking to the lenses.

  • This looks incredibly fun! I can’t wait to try it. I am nervous about the glitter getting on my skin and in my hair even though it’s been sealed, though. I love glittery things, but in my experience it gets everywhere no matter how hard you try to contain it.

  • This is a cute idea! My only worry might be getting glitter in the eye :/

  • Great idea! Love the gold sunglasses!

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  • Looks like you’ll have a lot of fun with your blog and you’re off to a good start! Good luck!

    Laura 🙂

  • I always found new and interesting posts on your blog! Big like for the idea 🙂

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  • Hi, I love your blog! I find it so inspirational!
    I have just started my own blog about cake, food, reviews and diy/ crafts. I have never done anything like a blog before so I’m not sure how well it’s going at the moment!
    I just wanted to ask if any, or all of you could check out my blog and follow etc. As well as comments here or there! I would really appreciate some feed back!
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    Thanks xx

  • These are so fun!! Love them for a special occasion

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  • I want to try this! I have to admit, I don’t do your DIY posts, unless its a recipe, but this one, I really like. Love that you thought of this. It seems like it wouldn’t be super costly either so that’s a plus in my book.

    Sincerely,

    Laurali Star

  • love love LOVE this idea!!!
    and they’ll sparkle in the sunshine 🙂
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

  • This is such a good idea! They look great!!

    I will be trying this!

    Clare | www.clare-without-an-i.com

  • I need to do this immediately!! In love!

    xx Jill

  • Woowie! Im gonna do this with my old glasses!! (yes my glasses) SO COOL!

  • These are super pretty! Would love to do pink or lavender.

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

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