DIY pearl encrusted sunglasses

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With the sun spending more time in the sky, and the warm weather quickly approaching, I went diving for pearls! 3D embellishments aren’t just for nails, you can dazzle and glam up a pair of sunglasses into at 3D work of art using pearls or rhinestones! In the video you’ll see glimpses of my minty graffiti nail art and my OOAK (one of a kind) phone case with even more pearls!

Just like a classic strand of pearls, these glasses go with anything! Shop flat-back pearls like these on sites like Etsy. Watch the video above for the full tutorial and to watch me err, go snorkeling…in my clothes!

Prep It:

  • sunglasses (we got ours from Urban Outfitters) – tip: cat-eye glasses work best or glasses with enough surface area to place your pearls.
  • flat back pearls (we ordered ours on Etsy, but you can find them at craft stores too)
  • tweezers
  • toothpicks
  • E-6000 glue

DO IT!:

  • before you start gluing, place the pearls around the glasses to figure out your ideal arrangement/how many will fit
  • once you have planned your lay out, you’re ready to glue!
  • apply glue either to the back of the pearl, or place glue directly on the sunglasses using the toothpick – a little goes a long way and you don’t want spillage. Place a dollop of glue on a piece of paper so you can access it easily with your toothpick.
  • tip: I found that for the larger pearls you can put glue directly on the back of the pearl before placing it on the glasses. for the smaller pearls, I found that putting glue directly on the glasses using the toothpick worked best and then placing your pearl on top of your glue dot.
  • let dry for a couple hours and then go bask in that vitamin D!

Outfit Deets:

  • denim top: Forever 21
  • shorts: vintage
  • lace tights: Forever 21
  • shoes: Tsubo x Timo Weiland
  • jewelry: Mr. Kate