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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hello Kitty Sunglasses DIY

So, I have this niece {she has a little sister}, she really likes Hello Kitty {I'm sure her little sister mirrors that to some degree}, and she just had a birthday {the month before her little sister}. Being my crafty self, I wanted to make her something fun and saw a photo of sunglasses similar to this project. My DIY senses tingled and I dreamed up how to create these myself...for both nieces.

You know me, though. I'm not going to create these without sharing the "how to" with you. These would make wonderful party favors, dress-up accessories, or even a fun project to make at a get-together.

What you'll need:

  • Black oven bake clay
  • Red oven bake clay {I bought the pearl finish clay because it was shimmery. Fun!}
  • White frame sunglasses {Frugal Tip: I found mine at the dollar store!}
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

How It's Done

  • Warm up the oven!
    The clay I bought said that the oven needed to be 275 degrees so I set it to warm up while I worked.

  • Get ready to make some whiskers by rolling out some black clay with your fingers.
    Each Kitty needs 6 whiskers. I rolled out one, long "snake" shape and cut it into short pieces. {Any extra whiskers were used for the second pair of glasses I was making.}

  • Roll the tips of the whiskers in between your thumb and fore finger to give it a little point on the end.

  • Line up the whiskers to see if they're about the same size. If they aren't, adjustments are really easy to make.

  • Make the Red Bow!
    I flattened clay into a rectangle and pinched in the center,

made a rectangle to wrap around the middle of the bow until a square was showing and the overlap was blended into the back of the bow,

and rolled out some red clay to outline the edge of the bow.

  • Check to make sure the bow is a good size for the frames and not too big or small.

  • Bake the Bow{s} and Whiskers.
    My clay needed to be baked for 10 minutes.
    I set the pieces on waxed paper and set that on a cookie sheet to be sure I didn't bake the pieces onto the surface of the sheet.
  • Let them cool off and the hot glue gun warm up.
  • Grab the hot glue gun! {Of course, this should be hot before you reach this step.}
    I put the glue on the frames of the sunglasses to make sure the glue was landing in the right place. You know, AWAY from the lenses.
    Then I just lightly placed the whiskers where I thought they'd look best and firmly held the bow in place while the glue was doing its thing.


Eliana and I are modeling these for you. I think I'm going to have to find some kiddie frames for her so they fit a bit better on her toddler face before I make hers. lol

Like it? Please Pin It. :)  {thanks}

**I purchased everything on my own and came up with the process as I went. No other props to give for this DIY...



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