Summer is here, time to put on your shades! We decided to make our own cheerful sunnies using one of our all-time favorite crafting supplies: paper plates. Even if you don’t live near a beach, you can still get in the summery, beachy mood with these DIY sunglasses. Make a bunch and tape them to your wall—instant beach party at home!
Crank up the beach tunes, pick out a few summery shades of paint, grab some paper plates, and get ready to craft!
what you need
- FolkArt Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paper plates (in various sizes)
- Hot glue gun
Pick out a fun shade of paint and grab three paper plates: two small and one large. We prefer to craft with super-thin paper plates—they aren’t so great for food, but they’re perfecting for crafting. They should feel just like regular paper and not have a plastic coating on them, which helps the paint adhere as much as possible.
On the two small plates, draw the shape of your sunglasses. We made hearts, but you could also keep them round to look like flowers, use squares for a mod look, or any other shapes that suit your fancy. Outline the shape along with an inner line – this is where the lenses will go later. Fill in the frame of the sunglasses with the paint color of your choice. Use the same paint color to paint one half of the large plate. Let dry completely.
Once the first paint color is dry, use black paint to fill in the inside of the lenses. Let dry.
On the large painted plate, draw two arms for the sunglasses and a little rectangle that would rest on your nose. Cut them out.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the two arms and nose segment to the back of the plates.
Repeat this process for as many sunglasses as you like, using different colors and shapes for the lenses. Tape them to your wall for instant beachy decor!
This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.