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Repurpose: Second sight for old specs


I got my first pair of glasses when I was 14 (I'm nearsighted). I wore contacts through most of my 20s but ended up doing a number on my eyes. So I've gone through a lot of glasses in my life. When it's time for a change in prescription, I usually donate my old pair and get new frames. Donation is always the best first option if the frames are still good. But what if we're talking about cheap sunglasses that are really scratched? Or you're attached to your old specs for some reason? Here are 18 (really very geeky) ideas for you! 



If you're over last year's sunglasses and want to have some fun with them, here's a roundup of ideas listed on Craftgawker. If your prescription glasses are still working for you, but you're bored (because let's face it, they're on your face EVERY day) how about a little DIY makeover?  Visit Kyla Roma for the instructions.

Perhaps you have collected a family of old frames? How about a family tree ... of framed photos? Complete how-to at  LemonTreeCreations  (via Apartment Therapy)


A shadowbox version of the frames as frames idea, from Ashley's Thrifty Living   


Turn old lenses into something pretty extraordinary. Wire pendant DIY here


Use old lenses to make brooches. The ones pictured above are from Home Staging RedesignAlso visit The Felt Mouse for a different take on the idea (and complete instructions).


Similar idea from BHG but in this case, you're repurposing the lens as a drawer pull / door knob!


A little lamp inspiration?  This one is made of 40 pairs of sunglasses 


A chandelier of old frames (or old glasses) ... spotted here


Another chandelier, made using only lenses


For more jewelry inspiration, visit Lark Studio



Another take on the lense + mod podge idea ... from the Naughty Secretary Club (a twist on her "Specs Appeal" necklace!)


Visit Twenty Paper Links for DIY of this Anthropology "Quite a Spectacle" necklace. Brassy Apple also makes a version. Third variation (and video tutorial) at Being Geek Chic


Only have one pair of amazing frames you want to keep wearing?  Head to SustainaBlog for instructions.


Glasses arms become earrings ... via Capital Style Now


DIY fisheye lens using very thick lenses and tape ...


How about reusing an old watch mechanism and a pair of old frames to make a tiny clock? I love this.


Make comfortable 3D glasses for yourself!  


Finally, from Instructables, DIY Lady Gaga-style video glasses. You need old glasses frames and a couple of cheap digital picture frames (think keyrings).