18 Easy Ways To Spruce Up Your Sunglasses

Transform your summer frames with these DIY projects. Who doesn’t love a pair of $5 shades that look just like a high-end designer’s $114 (or $390) version?

1. Sonia Rykiel-inspired pearl frames

Time to break out the glue gun.

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2. Hand-painted shades

This simple tutorial encourages imperfect lines.

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3. Juicy Couture-inspired sunglasses

Three layers of mint nail polish + one coat of clear polish = a $5 version of these $114 Juicy Couture frames.

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4. Flag frames

A patriotic hand-drawn pair using Sharpie markers.

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5. Painted arms

Another use for nail polish.

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6. Sonia Rykel-inspired rhinestone sunnies

No glue gun required. More here.

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7. Polka-dot sunglasses

Use a toothpick to paint polka dots on to your frames — no special paint required.

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8. Inner-frame makeover

If you don’t want to make any extreme changes to your sunglasses, start from the inside with this tutorial.

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9. Lace shades

Tutorial here. (Tips for how to actually see through them not included.)

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10. Glitter glasses

Tutorial here.

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11. Multi-color painted frames

This version of the polka-dot frames uses nail polish and Q-Tips.

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12. Bejewelled sunglasses

Snip the backs of your flashiest pair of earrings and glue-gun them on to your frames. (Just beware of sharp edges.) More here.

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13. Miu Miu-inspired glitter shades

This one is simple: Create a glitter-glue concoction and paint it onto your frames. Don’t forget to cover the lenses. (The Miu Miu originals cost $390!)

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14. Dolce & Gabbana-inspired floral sunglasses

This project has been tearing up Pinterest boards since these floral sunnies were first seen at Dolce & Gabanna’s Fall 2012 show. You’ll need to pick up some ceramic roses or flowers from the craft store.

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This tutorial takes a little more time (and polymer clay and baking), but the end result is more customizable.

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15. Glitter cat eyes

Another nail polish project (inspired by J.Lo). Tutorial here.

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16. Python print frames

This resourceful tutorial uses scraps leftover from those Sally Hansen sticker nails.

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17. Leather-corner cat eyes

A project from P.S. I Made This, for when you just don’t want to go out and buy a new pair.

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18. Embellished skull shades

This tutorial goes glue-gun crazy on some sweet skull studs.

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