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 sleek shades come from Tim of 17 Apart.

finished mercury glass sunglasses

Hey there! We’re Tim & Mary Vidra from 17Apart, 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 Sunglass Warehouse 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 a 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 out Mary’s sunglasses here.


We drew inspiration for these flashy shades from the aged sheen of antique mercury glass holiday ornaments, like these. We’ve had success creating a faux mercury glass finish on household jars before, and the second we laid eyes on this pair of clear retro square shades, we couldn’t wait to give them a touch of sparkle and an updated vintage feel.


diy mercury glass sunglasses materials

Step 1

diy mercury glass sunglasses step 1Pop the lenses from the sunglasses frames or tape them off with painter’s tape.

Step 2

diy mercury sunglasses step 2Fill spray bottle with 1:1 parts water and white vinegar. Gently spray a fine mist of the water/vinegar solution onto the frames. You should have very fine liquid beads all over the frames from the spray.

Next, gently and evenly spray the Krylon Looking Glass Spray over the frames where you first sprayed the liquid mixture. Apply another fine spray of water/vinegar solution and allow to dry for 2 minutes.

Gently pat the liquid beads with a paper towel and watch as your faux mercury glass finish begins to appear. Continue to build up finish by alternating fine sprays of the liquid mixture and Krylon Looking Glass Spray, then patting the liquid beads with your paper towel once dry.

Step 3

diy mercury glass sunglasses step 4Once satisfied with overall look, allow frames to dry for 2 hours before popping the lenses back in and sporting your new flashy look.

Notes: Find additional details for the faux mercury glass finishing technique here. The one catch to this tutorial is the fact that you’ll really need to look for this specific Krylon Looking Glass Spray instead of any metallic spray paint. You can usually find it in a local craft or hardware store paint section, but if you are at a loss, you can find it online.

finished mercury glass sunglasses

Thanks again to Tim of 17 Apart for teaching us how to make our own mercury glass sunglasses!
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