We have an Aunt Rochelle.
I hope you have an Aunt Rochelle too.
You see, Aunt Rochelles always send the good stuff.
It is not uncommon for multiple packages (sporting color coordinated designs & patterns) to arrive on the front porch anytime of the year.
It may be Christmas.
Or it may not.
It may be a birthday.
Or it may not.
Said packages will contain not one, not two, but multiple ensembles for the circus.
Each ensemble is complete with a top, pants, cardigan, usually a skirt, socks, matching beret, and my favorite – matching sunglasses.
And during the summer she gets multiple swimsuits with matching cover-ups, hats, and sunglasses.
The kid has Jackie O sunglasses, pink sunglasses, movie star sunglasses, Iris Apfel sunglasses, floral print sunglasses, checked sunglasses.
If she has an outfit from Aunt Rochelle, then she has the matching sunglasses.
See why we love our Aunt Rochelle?
We also love her because she’s just a load of fun too.
With this vast assortment of sunglasses, it felt wrong just putting them in a drawer and only bringing them out as needed to complete an ensemble.
No, no, no, no, no – sunglasses like this should be displayed.
So Grunt Labor and I came up with this DIY sunglasses holder so that the kid could enjoy her shades even inside.
Freakin’ adorable, right?
It costs right around $5 to make this display piece and is a pretty easy build as long as you know how to use a drill.
DIY Sunglasses Holder
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- Wood Base/Plaque (I got mine at Michael’s – use your coupon!)
- 5/8″ Dowel (Mine came from Home Depot)
- 3/8″ Dowel (Mine came from Home Depot)
- Wood Glue
- Gold Spray Paint or another color of your choice (I used my favorite gold spray paint.)
- Drill & Drill Bits
Drill a hole into the bottom of the wood base that is slightly smaller than the largest dowel rod, then set aside.
Determine how tall you want your DIY sunglasses holder to be. Ours is 11 inches. Cut the largest dowel down to this length, then set aside.
Cut the smallest dowel into three inch lengths, then set aside. If you are doing this for adult sized sunglasses, you may need to make them longer.
Place the largest dowel in a vice or have another person hold it securely down. Drill holes down the dowel that the smallest dowels will fit snugly into. Our holes are two inches apart from center to center. Once more, you may need to make these larger for adult sized sunglasses.
Place the small dowels into the larger dowel. These should fit pretty snugly and not need glue, but if some are loose, put a drop of wood glue in the hole before putting in the smaller dowel. Wipe away excess glue.
Place wood glue into the bottom of the wood base / plaque and place the large dowel into the base. Wipe away excess glue.
Spray paint your DIY sunglasses holder whatever color your little heart desires, then deck it out with sunglasses.
If you liked this, you’re going to want to see this…
P.S. Aunt Rochelle, can I get some sunglasses in my size too? I’ll take complete outfit ensembles as well. 😉
P.P.S. Sorry folks, we won’t share her.
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