Maybe it's the cold weather or that the season of giving is officially underway, but the holidays make us want to hit up our local craft store and DIY-up a storm. So that's just what we decided to do--we're thrilled to announce the start of a new holiday tradition: our first-ever 12 Days of DIY. We're taking items that we love and coming up with cool ways to make them unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.
Believe it or not the initial inspiration for this sunglasses DIY came from my favorite button-up shirt
. The shirt, designed by the UK-based label Lazy Oaf, features a zillion mini cartoon doodles of animals, desserts, and even telephones. It's light-hearted without looking kitschy, which is definitely a feat in and of itself. Wanting to put my own doodling skills to the test, I decided to dress-up a couple pairs of sunnies. The result? Well, see for yourself (I'm definitely biased, but I'm pretty in love with them).
Supplies You'll Need:
- A pair of sunnies! We used Madewell Hepcat Shades
and 7 For All Mankind Beverly Sunglasses
- A handful of Sharpies
(the more colors the better!)
- Grafix Shrink Film
(this is basically a pack of Shrinky Dink paper)
- An oven or toaster preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Scissors (the sharpest pair you have)
- A glue gun
How to Make it:
Using a Sharpie, doodle away on your shrink film. Keep in mind as you're doodling that whatever you draw will shrink down to about 20 percent of its initial size.
STEP 2: Cut out your doodles and lay them on a baking sheet.
STEP 3: Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 2-3 minutes, watching the entire time. You drawings will curl up and then reflatten out. Once they flatten entirely, quickly remove the sheet from the oven and allow it to cool.
STEP 4: After a few minutes your new little cartoon charms should have cooled down. Using the glue gun, carfully apply a dot of glue to the back of the charm, and then quickly glue to sunglass frames. Continue glueing as many charms as you like-- just be carful not to glue on the bridge of the nose, as it will be too tricky to wear!
STEP 5: Let the glue dry completely before you try them on!
Now for the hard part: Do you gift them to a friend or do you keep them for yourself? Hmmm....