How to Turn Old Eyeglasses Into Picture Frame Necklaces

Don't throw away old glasses, use the frames and lens to make necklaces with lots of "specs appeal".

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Use the lenses and frames of discarded glasses to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. A single lens can be used as a pendant where the frames can be a double photo display. Not just cute, it can also be a great keepsake when using eyeglasses from a loved one.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Materials Needed

  • eyeglasses
  • decoupage medium
  • scissors
  • felt
  • paper or photograph
  • hang tab for jewelry
  • necklace chain
  • pot and boiling water

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

In order to remove the lenses from the frames, submerge the pair inside boiling water for a minute or so. Be sure to use tongs.

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Jennifer Perkins

Carefully remove the glasses from the water. The heat should have made the lenses easily pop out of the frames. Set aside the frames for another project or your prescription.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Decide what you will decoupage onto the lens. Scrapbook paper, small photographs or tissue paper are all fun ideas. Choose a print or photo that will fit inside.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Trace the lens onto the paper and cut out. Coat one side of the lens with decoupage medium and apply paper. Add another coat to the back. Watch for bubbles between the paper and lens and trim edges. Allow it to dry completely.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Cut a piece of felt the same size as the lens. Use a hot-glue gun or craft glue to sandwich a hang tab between the lens and the felt. This tab turns the lens into a pendant. All that is left to do is add a necklace chain.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

You can also drill the lens if it is plastic. In this case, use a head pin to convert the lens into a necklace.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Feeling bold? Try using an entire pair of children’s glasses to make a statement necklace!

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

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