diy festive frames

Whether you’re dressed to the nines or sporting the ugliest sweater you can find, the holiday season (or as we like to call it — party season) presents the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style. That’s why this winter, we’ve challenged crafty DIY bloggers with the task of transforming our shades into holiday glasses that are 100% unique. Check back each week as we feature new frames or browse the entire batch of DIY-ed styles here.

Today’s outdoorsy frames come from Mary of 17 Apart.

diy brass antler sunglasses


Hey there! We’re Tim & Mary Vidra from 17 Apart, a lifestyle blog chronicling our adventures in DIY, urban gardening projects, and sustainable living, with a few surprises along the way. When the fine folks behind asked if we’d like to try our hands at a DIY holiday update for a pair of shades, we couldn’t wait to take on the challenge. The only rub — we had different ideas for the ultimate DIY holiday update. This led to what we’re declaring as our own holiday fashion face-off, and we’ll let you be the judge of who reigns in the final DIY holiday sunglasses showdown.

You can check Tim’s pair of sunglasses here.


We drew inspiration for these whimsical shades from classic vintage brass holiday deer figurines, like these. The retro cat eye frames really add to the classic and fun feel of these showstoppers; when we saw them, we knew they’d be perfect for this project.


diy antler sunglasses materials

  • Framed sunglasses (We used these)

  • Brass antler charms (Find them here on Etsy)

  • 2 screws, matching the size of the antler charm holes

  • Drill and bit, matching the size of the screws

  • Pliers or tweezers (optional)


Step 1

diy antler sunglasses step 1

Drill holes on each frame side, just below the hinges.

Step 2

diy antler sunglasses step 2

Push screw through antler charm and frame hole, securing with washer.

Step 3

diy antler sunglasses step 3

Use pliers or tweezers to tighten the washer until the antler can still move freely, but stay in a fixed position.

Step 4

diy antler sunglasses step 4

Voila! Wear your antler shades up or adjust down to suit your mood.

finished antler sunglasses

 Thanks again to Mary of 17 Apart for showing us how to craft our own brass antler shades! Don’t forget to check out Tim’s take on holiday frames here.

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