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Sunny Style! DIY Embellished Sunglasses

This time of year, festival fashion is all the rage and even if you're not inclined to don a flower crown or crochet vest, you can still look stylish in a pair of embellished sunglasses. We used beads, plastic bracelets and other jewelry bits to adorn inexpensive sunglasses and give them a festival-worthy makeover. See how easy it is to create your own embellished eyewear!

Didn't make it to Coachella this year? No problem. There are still plenty of other music festivals on the calendar this summer. And while the often-outrageous fashion may get most of the press coverage, we know it's all about the accessories when you're battling the sunshine. A pair of these DIY embellished sunglasses will protect those beautiful eyes and help you stand out in a crowd. I whipped up three versions so pick the one that best suits your personality and enjoy the show!

Ombre Heart Sunglasses
Gather your supplies:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Wire-frame, heart-shape sunglasses
  • Inexpensive bracelet with plastic flowers or plastic flower beads (the bracelet used here was elastic with small gold beads and pink rosettes covering the elastic strands that I picked up at Claire's)

1. Using your scissors, stretch out the bracelet and snip the elastic bands to release the beads.
2. Separate the flowers from the gold beads and set the gold ones aside; you will only be using the pink rosette beads for these glasses.
3. Using your glue gun, add a small dab of hot glue to the back of your a flower bead and adhere it to the top edge of the sunglasses frames.
4. Continue to add beads to outline the top of the heart shape of the sunglasses, repeating step 2. Let the glue on all the beads dry completely before you wear them!

Flower Sunglasses
Gather your supplies:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire-frame, rounded sunglasses
  • Necklace with flower embellishments (this one had jump rings connecting the metal flower pieces and I found it at Claire's)

1. Using the pliers, begin removing the jump rings connecting the flowers.
2. Lay out the beads in the order you wish to adhere them to your sunglasses, creating a pattern with the different flower shapes.
3. Using your glue gun, add a small dab of hot glue to the back of a flower and glue it to the top edge of the sunglasses frames.
4. Continue to add flowers along the top edge of the frames, repeating step 3. Let the glue on all the flowers dry completely.

Flower and Rhinestone Sunglasses
Gather your supplies:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Wire-frame, aviator sunglasses
  • Inexpensive bracelets with plastic flowers or plastic flower beads, and a flexible, inexpensive rhinestone bracelet

1. Stretch out the bracelet and use your scissors to snip the elastic bands to release the beads. Separate the flowers from the gold beads and set the gold ones aside; you will only be using the flower beads for these glasses.
2. Lay out the flowers as you'll want them arranged, alternating colors if you're using two different ones.
3. Using your glue gun, add a small dab of hot glue to the back of your bead and adhere the beads along the top edge of the sunglasses. Continue until the top edge is covered with flowers.
4. Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge of the sunglasses from the nose piece to the outer edge where the flowers start. Use scissors to cut the rhinestone bracelet and press the strand into the glue, snipping off any excess. Repeat on the other side and let the glue dry before wearing them.

Visit Sam at The Brunette One for more style tips and fashion DIY ideas.

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Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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