Have you ever wished to have a really cool way to hang your sunglasses up? Are those boring hooks depressing to look at in the morning? Or perhaps you just have too many for your organizers, like I do. Well, my friend, I have the answer for you!
My favorite superhero, from the DC universe, is Wonder Woman. That is why I chose her theme for my sunglasses holder, but please feel free to pick any theme that is personal to you. (and no, I do not claim any ownership of any of the companies mentioned in this post, nor am I affiliated with them. This is not for sale, just fan art.)
In this article, I will be demonstrating how I started out with simple supplies and eventually turned them into the finished project photographed on the left. If you have any questions regarding this post, or about any others for that matter, feel free to contact me through this page and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I am not promising that I will be able to answer them, but I will do my best. Without further ado, let's get started!
Disclaimer: I am not held responsible for any damage to yourself, or any object in your house, should you decide to give this craft a try. This is just a suggestion, nothing more.
Step 1: The supplies you will need to gather for this project are listed below...
3. Paint (you choose the colors)
4. Paint Brushes
5. Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
7. Masking Tape or Artist Tape (optional)
8. Rope or Twine
9. Wood (cut to the size you wish to have for your holder)
10. Protection for your surface
11. Paint Pens
Step 2: Paint the one side of one piece of wood. This will become the front. The choice of paint color is up to you. I was using both red and blue on mine, so tape was required to mask the section for where the blue was to be painted. Once the red had dried, I painted the blue onto the section with the tape now removed. (If you are doing two different colors, as opposed to one, more brushes makes the process go faster and you might need to have different sizes as well)
Repeat this step on the back wooden piece as well. That way it is finished on both the front and the back when you go to glue them together. (Remember, there are two pieces of wood used in this project. They will later become 'sandwiched' together in another step.)
Step 3: Use the ruler and pen to mark where you want your rope or twine to go for the loops. These loops will be where your sunglasses will hang. Decide on how many loops you want to have before you start marking, as this will affect the distance between them. Take the length of the wooden piece and divide it by how many loops you wish to have. The ending result will tell you how much space to leave in between each mark.
For instance, if your piece of wood is measured at 8 inches long, and you want to hang 4 sunglasses, then you divide 8 by 4, and get 2. That means your marks should go every two inches to ensure that the loops are spaced out equally.
This only needs to be done to the backside of either the front of back wooden piece, but not on both.
Step 4: Take the rope and cut it into the desired length you wish the loops to be. Cut it as many times as you want (7 loops would be 7 times, etc). Next, hot glue the loops over the pen marks you created in the previous step.
The ending result should look similar to this. All the ropes have been glued. It may take a little time for the glue to dry, and for the rope to be firmly set in place. Remember that hot glue is HOT and you need to be careful when using it.
You might also be wondering why my loops do not go to the end of my piece. That is because I am going to have a non-sunglasses item dangling on one side, and I accounted for that as I made my loops. (Please refer to the top most image to see what I mean)
Step 5: In order for this holder to hang, we need to have something to place it onto a hook, or nail, on the wall. Hot glue a longer segment of the rope on both the front and back wooden pieces as shown in the images below.
At this point, you are probably noticing the little piece of wood glued to the opposite ends on each of the wooden pieces. Mine has that to provide a little separation between the two when I go to sandwich them, but that is not required for this project to work.
Step 6: This is where the paint pens get fun! Have a blast getting creative with whichever design you want to come up with. Final touches are what this step is all about!
Step 7: Your project is completed, congrats! You have successfully turned some simple items into a sunglasses hanger. See you at the next project!