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 colorful sunglasses come from Mandy of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market.

finished green rimmed sunglasses

Normally I gravitate towards the same style of sunglasses, so I tried to branch out when we were given the opportunity to work on this project. I selected this pair because I loved the matte finish, and I thought it would be fun to brighten it up a bit. The plan going in was to dip them, adding some fun color to the bottom of the frames — I decided on a nice bright green.


original glasses

  • Sunglasses (I used these)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Small container
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper towel

Step 1

green rimmed sunglasses step 1

The first thing I did was tape off both lenses. I used painter’s tape to keep from getting a sticky residue on the lenses themselves.

Step 2

green rimmed sunglasses step 2

Next I pulled out my paint and poured it into a small container. It was difficult to find the right size. The one I ended up with was actually a little shallow and wide, so I tipped it to gather all of the paint in one corner when I actually dipped the glasses in.

Step 3

green rimmed sunglasses step 3

I dipped the glasses into the paint, one lens at a time. After dipping each lens, I made sure to hold the glasses over the container for a few minutes to let all the excess paint drip off.

Step 4

green rimmed sunglasses step 4

Then I let them dry. I let mine sit overnight, but you may need more or less time, depending on the paint you use.

When I took the paint off in the morning, I realized that because the rims on this pair of sunglasses were on the smaller side, the paint did not carry quite as much impact as I had thought.

Step 5

green rimmed sunglasses step 5

For a little added fun, I dipped the arms of the glasses in the green paint, too. You really only see them if I have my hair back, but it adds for a little more pizzaz!

finished green rimmed sunglasses

A few quick tips if you are going to undertake this yourself: I think this style would look awesome on a pair of glasses with slightly thicker rims — it would be a bit more noticeable and dramatic. Also, if you accidentally get some paint on the lenses, have no fear — a little nail polish remover will take it right off!

Thanks again to Mandy of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market for teaching us how to add a pop of color to our shades!

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