My favorite accessory is hands down, sunglasses! My eyes are sensitive to wind, the cold, sunlight…everything it seems, and I use sunglasses year round to keep my eyes from watering. I love matching them to my outfits, and I’ve grown quite the collection! I store them on this pretty acrylic shelf, which you can find on my previous post. Despite the array of fun options for sunglasses out there, sometimes I cant find the exact pair I’m looking for. Though glitter cat eye sunglasses are out there, I hadn’t found a pair with multi-colored glitter, so I decided to make them myself!
I was going for a brighter color palette, but this hue has a “unicorn” vibe to them that I love. Being handmade (and using a tricky/messy substance like glitter) means they aren’t perfect, so try not to get frustrated like I with minuscule imperfections. Check out instructions below on how to make your own multi- glitter sunglasses!
- Mod Podge
- Container of Extra Fine Multi-color glitter OR packet of multiple glitters to mix together
- Triple Thick Glaze
- Small Paint Brush
- Sunglasses (I purchased mine here)
- Exacto Blade
- Disposable Paper Plate
- Small bowl (if mixing glitters together)
- It’s ideal to be able to pop the lenses out of the glasses, but if you are afraid of breaking them, or are incapable of taking them out like I was, start by covering the lenses with tape. Press tightly into the crevices where the lenses meet the frames.
- CAREFULLY cut the excess tape at the edges of the lenses with your exacto blade. Exactos can easily make nicks on the lenses, so take it slow.
- If you are mixing your glitter together like I did, empty all the colors into a small bowl and mix with the end of your paint brush.
- **I got over excited on finishing these glasses and forgot to continue with photos, whoops!** In small sections (so the glue doesn’t try before you apply the glitter) apply mod podge in a thin layer with your paint brush.
- With the glasses hovering over paper plate, sprinkle glitter onto the glasses where you applied glue. Tap the glasses with your finer to remove excess glitter.
- Continue covering the glasses with thin layers of glue and sprinkle glitter. I started with the “face” of the glasses so I could hold onto the “stems” while applying the glue. When it came to the sides of the face, I waited to apply glitter to the bottom sides until the other sides dried, so I had a clean side to place on the plate while the layers of glitter/glue dried. I left the interior of the face to be bare from glitter for comfort on the face.
- Once the face of the glasses is covered and has dried for about five minutes (or until not tacky) I applied a thin layer of triple thick glaze over the glitter. This helps to keep the glitter from shedding all over you and your clothes!
- I let the glaze dry for about 30 minutes, and then applied a second layer of mod podge and glitter to fill any gaps where I could see the black of my sunglasses. Let this layer dry for about 5 minutes.
- Apply a second layer of glaze to the glittered face. Let dry for another 30 minutes.
- Once the face of the glasses are dry, repeat the steps of glue/glitter and then glaze to the stems of the glasses and the remaining bottom side of the face. You can allow the stems and bottom side of the face to dry without smudging by placing the glasses face down (and stems folded out). Allow to dry for an hour.
- Carefully remove the tape from the lenses. You will have alot of loose glitter stuck to the glasses. To remove the excess glitter, I used the handheld nozzle of my vacuum to suck away the glitter (funny I know, but it worked!). You now have pair of fabulous multi-glitter sunglasses!