Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Take a Break: Decorate Sunglasses

It's hot and humid where I live, so a summer project is in order-revamp sunglasses. Note there are lots of ways to do this so be careful as you glue and decorate that you don’t block your vision.

The Dollar Store definitely has an array of $1 sunglasses. In fact, price isn’t necessarily a factor. The most important thing to look for is a tag or sticker indicating that they block 100 percent of UV rays. Other things to look for include:
•  Oversized glasses or wraparound style as it will cut down on UV entering from the side
• Darker lenses don’t necessarily block more UV look for the 100% tag instead
Some sunglasses come with amber, green or gray lenses. They do not block more sun but can increase contrast, which may be useful for athletes who play sports such as baseball or golf.
• Polarization reduces glare coming off reflective surfaces like water or pavement. This does not offer more protection from the sun, but can make activities like driving or being on the water safer or more enjoyable.

So now that you have a pair of glasses that fit and will protect your eyes from UV, you can start decorating.

• Glue faux gems, tiny objects, feathers, studs, small shells or whatever you have handy to your glasses. Use strong glue like E600. Glue guns are another option. Allow plenty of time-overnight-before you wear your new creation.

• String pearls (not real ones) or Mardi Gras beads across the top frames, or around the entire frame. Some can be glued so they dangle below, creating more of a mask effect.

• Use red double-sided tape or just glue and then pour on the seed beads. It will stick wherever there is glue or tape. Need to use the really good stuff as otherwise the tiny beads will come off and you don't want to get them in your eye.

• Use white nail polish, puffy paints, Sharpies, acrylics to decorate solid colored sunglasses with designs.

• Wasabi tape as well as fabric can be used to create interesting earpieces

• Make cardboard designs, cutting out eye holes and gluing to the frame. Can make some fun glasses for holidays, birthdays etc.

More ideas? Check out 27 Ways to Decorate Your Sunglasses.

Not interested in today’s activities, try the Take a Break Pinterest Board.

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