March 28, 2014

DIY Monogram Sunnies

So, I've been seeing those cute tortoise shell or black sunnies with the gold monogram on the side all over Instagram, and I admit, I craved them.


So, I realized that I had a pair of (cheap) tortoise shell glasses and decided to make my own! Here's how I did it:

{ What you'll need: }
- Pair of Sunglasses
- Acrylic Paint 
- Brushes

I used things that I already had so it virtually cost me nothing. But you can buy the paints at any Walmart for cheap (like $1.50 each, the metallic may be a bit more) and the brushes and pallets (which you do not have to use, a piece of cardboard or a notecard would work) are usually on the same aisle. The sunglasses can be bought generally where ever sunglasses are sold, I got mine from Target a few years ago. 
{ Here are cheap some options: Tortoise and Black, Tortoise, Black }

1.) I started by finding a circular monogram that I had on my computer to use as a guide. (If you can't find one, download this print from Printable Monogram and enter your initials, P.S. you'll have to enter the corresponding symbol [it lists on the site] for the last letter "C" )

 2.) I outlined the circle with a sharpie so I would not end up with a funky looking circle.  Then I started painting the monogram with white so it would take less gold coats to be visible. (This a great technique no matter what color you want the monogram to be because it makes the colors brighter.) I used about three coats because I wanted it to be perfect so the gold would stand out.

3.) Repeat for the other side. (If you want the monogram to be white, you're done!)

4.) After letting both white monograms dry, I then painted the gold over the white. It took about two full coats to really see the gold but I put on a third just to make sure it couldn't get any brighter.

5.) Let both sides dry, and Alas! Your finished product! (I put a coat of clear paint I use for projects over the tops just to make sure they wouldn't scratch off.)

I LOVE the way they turned out and can't wait to style them! Let me know how yours turned out and if you did anything different! Enjoy lovelies!

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