Friday, May 21, 2010

Eyeglass Family Tree

So, Saturday I was beginning my normal morning routine of dragging myself out of bed to catch a yard sale and then hit all the Goodwill's. Today I was on a mission: cheap pairs of eyeglasses for today's project; well my version of the family tree which was inspired by a book I have called Photojojo.

A simple way to create picture frames from old eyeglass frames. The first thing you would want to do is collect old glasses that you don't use anymore or that are scratched (sunglasses would work too). I found mine at my one stop thrift store for $.99 a pair. (no luck at the yard sales)

I simply picked some photos that I wanted to use for my family tree and placed them behind the frames (just make sure the images you want to use fit accordingly, I developed wallet size photos). I wanted to replace the lenses, but it appeared that I was going to ruin the frames, this was the best solution for me.

Using a sharpie (high tech, I know) I traced the around the frame and then cut out my picture.

Here I am checking to make sure it fits...and it looks fine to me ;)

On the back I cut out decorative scrapbook paper to cover the back of the photos and to add a nice touch to the glasses.

With a dab of hot glue, the pictures were in place.

For the finishing touches I painted the pot white using acrylic paint ($.33 ). I cut out the number 3 from scrapbook paper, mod podged it on, hot glued the yellow ribbon around the top of the pot, poured rice in the pot to secure the tree branches I purchased from the craft store to represent my family tree. Last and certainly not least, I added my new frames to the branches.

I was thinking as the season's changed I could add more pizazz to the tree. Some lights, paper flowers possibly? Thoughts?

Until next time, have a great weekend. I am excited to link up to these awesome parties this week. Won't you stop by and check them out?!


Patrice May 21, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Love it! That first picture is great! I need to make a family tree for the baby girls room, and I love this idea!

TBonesMom May 21, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Awesome, awesomer, awesomest! :o)

Tamber May 21, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

That looks great. You are very creative. That would be very cute in a kids room with bright neon glasses all over it with pics of themselves and family. I found you at Remodelaholic link party.

Ann @ makethebestofthings May 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

What a cute and original idea! It came out great.

Amy May 21, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Wow! Great idea to use the glasses! You could even display them anywhere.

Tiffany May 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

Very creative! Would have never thought to use glasses! It looks great and the #3 is the perfect touch!

Erin A May 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

Wow, how fun! Great use of those glasses, I NEVER would have thought of that but it looks great!

Baye May 22, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

I love it when someone comes up with a truly unique idea. This is great.

It has gotten the creative juices flowing. I'm thinking of picking up colorful kid's sunglasses for this and a small thick xmas-kind-of tree to use as a centerpiece for some gathering. Old pictures of the attendees should get and keep the conversation flowing. Thanks for sharing.

alissa {33shadesofgreen} May 22, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Cute! Never would have thought to use glasses like that!

Em May 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

OMG I would have never thought of this! How cool!!

I am doing a linky party too if you would like to join

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans May 22, 2010 at 2:24 PM  

THis is SO AWESOME! I love it! :)

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans May 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

Just wanted to let you know I featured you here:

mommy Orkid Belle May 23, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Love it! Love it! So unique. :)

michelle@somedaycrafts May 27, 2010 at 5:06 AM  

What a fun idea!

Stacey May 27, 2010 at 12:02 PM  

This is such a fun idea. I featured you as part of 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' Party at Fun to Craft. Thanks for linking up. Come by and snag a featured button!!

Casey June 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

I think this is such a cute idea for glasses that are just taking up valuable junk drawer space.

I read the comments from all of the holier than thou haters over at AT, don't let them get you down....

Candice July 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM  

You've been ReFabbed! I love this project so I've shared it ... take a look:

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