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WhatIWore: This is a guest post by my intern Val. She had all of the supplies on hand for a quick, easy and free DIY! Take it away, Val! 

If you’re anything like me, you probably have more than enough pairs of sunglasses, with most of them being pretty similar. This is an easy way to upcycle a pair of sunglasses that is either a little more worn than you would like or just plain boring.

Supplies:

  • Sunglasses
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Painter’s Tape

Begin by taping off all areas you don’t want to be painted. I liked the idea of covering only the top half, but you could do the whole frame or even a geometric pattern.

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Next, mix your glitter with mod podge. I like very fine glitter for this project because the chunkier glitter looks too “arts and crafts” in this case. You should add glitter until the mod podge is saturated. Then go ahead and apply. Wait until it’s dry and then repeat until desired coverage is reached. I only used three coats, but it may be different for different colors and types of glitter.

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This is a great way to take a pair of basic cheap sunglasses and turn them into something fun! I absolutely love my pair of retro glamour inspired shades. There are a lot of variations you can use such as, glitter placement, the color(s), and the amount used. Have fun!

26 Jul 2012

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WhatIWore: All weekend long I’ve been soaking up the sun… under the safety of my newly painted sun hat! This project only took about an hour start to finish and was pretty inexpensive too. I’ve been doing a lot of projects lately using ScotchBlue tape (those shorts and a bold wall) so I have multiple rolls sizes of tape on hand. For this project, I used 3/4” wide painter’s tape.  Here’s how I did it!

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Supplies:

  • Floppy Brim Hat
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Small Paint Brush

To start, decide how thick you’d like your circles to be (along with the space between) and start taping off the portion that will remain unpainted.  If your hat is like mine, the circular pattern used to sew the hat together creates a spiral, so you’ll need to measure off the natural lines of the hat to create perfect concentric circles. 

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If your hat is entirely woven (as opposed to sewn, like mine), you might want to use a ruler for a consistent circle. Because your hat is round and your ScotchBlue tape is straight, take your time work around the curves, slightly gathering as you go. Be sure to press the edges of the ScotchBlue tape down firmly!

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You could tape off your entire hat or only do the brim and base of the crown like I did. When painting on your stripes, take your time and use a semi-dry brush.  Once complete, let the paint dry, remove the tape and you’re ready for a day in the sun!

On a side note, my hat blew off when I was in the water (hence the glossy look in the first and last photos), but none of the black paint was affected! 

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DIY Flag Shorts, whatiwore.tumblr.com

What I Wore: Have an old pair of shorts laying around? Instead of throwing them out, you can show your patriotism by turning them into a wearable flag!  I collaborated on this project with my intern Val who is a fashion design student at Indiana University. It was super helpful to have two sets of hands, but you could definitely do this project solo. Full instructions after the jump!

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