Blinged Sunglasses for Summer | #gemzandbling

A couple weekends ago while we were at the National Zoo in Washington, DC I was standing in line for lunch, for what felt like forever, behind a group of young girls visiting the capital with a school group. Every single girl in the group had on sunglasses adorned with rhinestones and Hello Kitty hair bows. The sunglasses were cute, probably bought at some tourist trap, and way over priced, so I didn’t dare bring them to the attention of my daughters. Fast forward a week or so and I was sitting at my desk with a huge selection of Gemz and Bling on a Roll  that Darice had sent me to play with, wondering what I was going to make, and suddenly it occurred to me – sunglasses!! No need for expensive, tourist trap shades here it’s so easy to add color and sparkle to my own sunnies with the adhesive-backed Gemz!

Blinging out your shades is super affordable. What’s even better is how fun and easy the self-adhesive Gemz are. They are craft gem sheets cut into any shape you want! Perfect for oddly shaped things like sunglass temples. The Gemz look solid and tough like hard rhinestones but they cut apart with regular scissors.

 You only need a couple supplies to bling out your own shades:

  • Sunglass (I got all of these in the Target Dollar Spot, $1 for the kiddo shades, $3 for the adult sunnies)
  • Gemz
  • Pen
  • Scissors
1) Lay the temple of your sunglasses on the back of your sheet of Gemz.
2) Trace the shape.
3) Cut out the blingy temple cover.

4) Remove plastic backing on the gemz and stick on to temple of your sunnies.

That’s it!!! You can use this exact same method on a cheap plastic headband for a matching accessorie to go with your new shades, too!

If blinging the sides of your sunnies isn’t for you then adding a row of Bling on a Row to some fun retro shades might be for you. The Bling on a Roll (love the name), which I used for the fronts of all the glasses) comes in a bunch of difference widths, but since it’s all on a mesh you can just cut it into the width you want anyway. It glues on easily with hot glue or E6000.

Simply run a bead of E6000 across the top of your glasses and press the strand of bling into place. The E6000 doesn’t set immediately so you have time to shift things around to get them just how you want them.

And, once again I couldn’t help myself but to use this same method to make a matching headband.

So $2 worth of Dollar Spot shade, a roll of Bling on a Roll, and 1 sheet of Gemz and you’re ready for the most stylish summer of your life!

If you don’t want your kids to have all the fun (or if your kids are older than mine) you can also make a bow out of your Bling on a Roll and use a little hot glue to affix it to your sunglasses for a little over the top blinged out action!

Our summer is definitely looking brighter and blingier!

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I wrote this post as part of campaign with Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.


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