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8/21/12

DIY: Glasses Display


Truth be told, I have a lot of prescription glasses. At least a dozen. I got most of them for free or really cheap here and here. I like to wear different ones with different outfits and my drawer full of eyeglass cases was driving me crazy! It was like playing glasses roulette. I was constantly opening case after case looking for a pair or not able to decide. So I knew that I needed to find a way to store them so that I can see them all at once! I wanted it to look pretty too so I made myself a glasses display. You can make one too!


You will need:
Embroidery Hoop (size depending on how many glasses you have)
Assorted Yarn
Scissors


1. Remove outer hoop and use inner hoop.


2. Take the loose end of your first yarn and wind around the middle of the hoop. Tie a double knot so that the yarn is snug on the hoop. Don't cut the yarn off!


3. Keep going around and around, lining up the yarn next to each other. Leaving the end a little long, cut the yarn and tie it to your first knot. Be careful not to wind the yarn around too tightly because you don't want to squeeze the hoop, making it narrow. I made this mistake!


4. Keep repeating the steps with different colors. I tried to make mine a little random. Overlap the colors a bit to avoid gaps. Make sure you use enough yarn to make a thick layer because it will have to support glasses.


5. If you have a problem keeping your previous colors on the hoop as you are adding colors, try tie them together in the back. Just the back layer. Be sure to keep all your knots in the back layer so none of the messiness will show!


6. When you have added as many colors as you can, add the outer hoop. I had to squish the yarn together a little to keep it from falling off while I did this step. Tighten your outer hoop.


7. Keep tightening the hoop and spread the yarn around and to the ends. You may also need to pull it from the back as you tighten the hoop.


8. Hang it up and add glasses!


I have been using it for a few weeks and it has held up. Every once in a while I accidentally pull out some yarn when I grab a pair of glasses. But all you need to do is pull it from the back to fix it!


Make sure you have a cat that is willing to help also. Wednesday made sure to help me keep the slack while I wound the yarn around!


I hope you enjoyed this DIY! If you try it let me know and share some photos.
- Rachele

27 ♥ COMMENTS ♥:

sofia said...

what a beautiful display!!! love it! I have all my prescription glasses since I was a kid... This way I can see how my glasses style has evolved!!!I have a little confession to make...I ordered the green-brown glasses too!

Trisha said...

that's so cute!

Now I just need more glasses  ^^

Nessbow said...

Ooh, I'm now thinking about making a slightly smaller version of this to hold all my earrings. I own an insane amount of earrings, and it's always so tricky to find a pair.

Kathryn A said...

Hi, new to your blog and I love it!  Love the post, now I'm inspired to buy more glasses (as well as making the display...)  Thank you so much for the links :)

Lauren said...

This is totally genius. 

Jenn Ovenshire said...

I kinda wish I wore glasses so I could make this! Haha.

Becky Bedbug said...

This is such a great idea! I have so many pairs of glasses and sunglasses but I always wear the same pair. This would help me see what I actually have,


Beckyxx

mari said...

Wow, I really love this!!  This would also be great for hanging earrings, and such a great way to use little leftover bits of yarn.  So clever!

Jenna Rogers said...

This is SUCH an awesome idea! As a fellow glasses hoarder it sometimes seems impossible to find a really good and usable way to store glasses! Love this...I fear I may have issues making it as I'm not crafty at all but I think I'll give it a try!

Jenna
SewSavoirFaireCreations.blogspot.com

Alex & Arthur said...

Awesome idea! I wish I needed glasses.

cb said...

it looks great and i love all the colors. this must make it soo much easier now to see all our eye wear. great job!
xo,
cb

Laruen said...

This is absolutely such a great idea. I have so many frames that I can never keep track of them.  This will help with that and also give me a lot more counter space!

Jenna LeDawn said...

this is so wonderful! i was just thinking earlier this week that i need some where to house my sunglasses. i love your color choices! 

Stephanie Ann said...

Love the picture of Wednesday helping... Made me smile :)

Cassie Rincon said...

That's a really great use for an embroidery hoop. How ingenious!

Some days I wish I wore glasses 'cause everyone that wears them are in like some secret club or something. And your collection is truly astounding! Enjoy not playing glasses roulette. =D

Red said...

Genius, absolute genius!  OOO and dangly hook earrings too!  You are ahhh-mazing!  Thanks for the ideas Lady Face!

Gazel said...

This is genius. I dunno if I have the patience to make it, but I think I will!!!

bonjourgazel.com

Amber Pate said...

This is really neat! I'm trying right now to make something to hang my sunglasses on I have way to many.

xo Amber P.
http://theowlsden.blogspot.com

Stacey Cash said...

This is way cute! I don't wear glasses, but I'm sure I could find something to hang on this awesome creation!

Amanda Rose said...

Love this, R.  I might have to do this for my ever-growing collection of sunnies!

Gwenivere Richardson said...

OOoooooooooooooo! I'm doing this. Thanks for sharing!

-Gwenivere
www.themarketdarling.blogspot.com

rae - say it ain't so said...

such a good idea! i NEED one of those!

julyjamie said...

saw this and thought that would work to hang earrings also

Svej said...

I know this comes a bit late but I only came across your blog last night and have been chewing my way through it since - I love the display and I love the glasses! Why is this not the normal way to wear glasses (is it in the US? It's not in Germany for sure..)? I've had prescription glasses for more than 10 years, always buying one after the other every 3 or so. Three years with one pair, three or so years with the next.... It is kinda insane that the notion of wearing my glasses as a fashion statement, as part of my outfit, came to me as such a revelation when looking at your blog. :D

Queen_Cunt said...

I really, really need to know the name of the cat eye frames on the right. The tortoiseshell ones. I must have a pair!

Li Tsin said...

Super awesome! I crisscrossed strands of yarn around pushpins on a cork board and have 50 watches slotted in them for display. All inspired by this post. Thanks so much! :)

staceybeck01 said...

This is actually a super cute idea! I have a ton of glasses and sunglasses that I don't know what to do with so I'll have to make myself one of these!

http://www.spectacleshoppe.biz/

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