Painted Neon Sunglasses DIY

August 9, 2013Allison Murray

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Not too long ago when I was stumbling around online I saw some neon sunglasses that I totally fell in love with. Now, if you know me, you know I dig the sunglasses! Miroslava Duma was wearing these killer specs with neon yellow fronts and white arms.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Oh, goodness did I love those neon sunglasses. But since they were on on Miss Duma and featured in Harper’s Bazaar told me one thing quite simply. Even if I found them I could never afford them.

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When I looked a bit closer (so that I could totally rip them off!) I realized that the frames were a bit interesting, a bit oddly shaped. And I know from experience with my one and only pair of sunglasses with shaped frames that I didn’t like them.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

I have two styles that I rock, plain and simple. Wayfarers or oversized and rounded. So I kept my eyes peeled for a pair of white sunglasses that I liked the shape and fit of and when I found them I snapped them up. Oddly enough, they were actually at a $1 jewelry store. Yep, they cost me a cool buck! Add in a bottle of $2 nail polish and well, designer they ain’t but I’m rockin’ them all over town anyway!

For this project you will need:

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Normally I’m using a grotty old blade with rust on them in my tutorials. But I must insist that you use a fresh and very sharp blade for this project.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Take small pieces of tape by tearing off of the roll.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Overlap the tape on the lens and the plastic of the frame. Carfully trim slightly above the lip of the frames.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Use the back end of the knife to shove the edge of the tape UNDER the plastic of the frame.

This process takes some practice but it’s worth it in the end. Do you want sunglasses that look like you slapped some fingernail polish on them or do you want a  nice, crisp job that looks anything but homemade?

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Tape up both sides of the lenses and the arms.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Now you know how when you paint your nails and you keep jacking with them while the’re trying to dry and they get bristle marks in them? The same thing is going to happen here. To avoid I painted in small sections and waited until dry to paint another small section immediately next to it.

All in all, it took me 3 coats of nail polish, approximately half of the bottle until I was happy with the coverage. When fully dry, take and spray the frames with polyurethane to protect the finish and keep your nail polish from chipping. Because we all know that nail polish inevitably chips!

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

Wait a day or so to ensure that your top coat is fully dry and you don’t get any fingerprints on your glasses. Carefully remove your tape.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

And here they are! I’m so very, very happy with how they turned out. They aren’t transparent neon like my inspiration but these are wearable, cheap and perfectly suited to my style.

Make some knock off designer inspired neon sunglasses with nail polish!

And if you don’t dig neon yellow, you can rock any color you please. After all, nail polish only comes in a bazillion colors! Happy Friday :)

 

Comments (7)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    August 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    LOVE the transformation, Allison! It’s amazing how that pop of neon totally changes the look. And by the by, just realized that you’re on WordPress! Congrats! Everything looks lovely and so easy to navigate. I know what a headache migrating can be…hopefully your basking in the glory of your new and improved D.A.B. blog!

    1. Allison

      August 9, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Thanks so much, Lauren! I’m really into the neon right now :)
      And thanks about the blog – Sara’s got me up and running! Still working out the kinks but it’ll get there soon I’m sure!

  • Midsommarflicka

    August 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    These are always the moments, when it’s a bit annoying that I have to wear glasses everyday… But contacts are no option for me :(

    Any way – your sunglasses look great! Although I’m not a big neon-fan, I do like these!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    1. Allison

      August 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      I’m loving the neon thing… for now. But soon enough I’m sure I’ll be over it.
      I love these sunglasses but I think that I’m going to wind up retiring them. People are always asking where I got them and it eats up a lot of time!
      Oh, and I’m supposed to wear glasses, but like a child (with an awful headache) I refuse. Ah, well!

      1. Midsommarflicka

        August 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        Oh, I have that, when people come into my apartment “Where did you buy that?” “Yeah, you know, just some wood from the store and the a bit of paint and…” “NO WAY!”
        It seems to be so crazy to other people to do stuff by yourself!

        If I wouldn’t wear my glasses I would have to sit on top of my desk instead of in front it – I’m not really sure, if that would be such a great idea :)

        1. Allison

          August 15, 2013 at 2:38 PM

          It always amazes me that people don’t even consider that something can be made sometimes. I guess being crafty is a learned thing :)

          And I think you probably should wear your glasses! Sitting on top of your desk is none to professional!

  • kate

    February 22, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Your Painted Neon Sunglasses looks awesome!

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