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Design Your Own 3-D Glasses
Use this printable template and these directions to design and make your own 3-d glasses. While the directions I provide are for basic, plain 3-d glasses, use your creativity to make them your own. Embellish them to your heart's content or even make them out of craft foam!
- Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending... on your circumstances.
Let's begin.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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GathGathering The Supplies to Make Your Own 3-D Glasses
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Clear Plastic (* see suggestions below)
- Red Marker
- Cyan Marker
- Cellophane Tape
* For my 3-d glasses, I used a baggie but you can also use cellophane! I would recommend using something a little thicker if you have it, such as a transparency sheet or even a piece of flat plastic cut from packaging. You can also buy red and blue Mylar or acetate sheets... available at most art supply stores.
Now you need the template for the glasses.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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3-D Glasses Template
You can download this printable template as either a JPEG file or a PDF file. Choose the desired link below:
- JPEG File
- PDF File
Print out the template at the actual size (100%) on cardstock. I used plain, white cardstock but you can use colored or patterned cardstock. If you are going to make your 3-d glasses using craft foam, you can print out this template on plain computer paper.
Now we can start.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Cut out Your 3-D Glasses
Cut out the pieces for your 3-d glasses. Save one of the eye hole pieces you cut out to use as a template for cutting out your plastic.
If you are making your 3-d glasses out of craft foam, trace your templates onto the craft foam and cut them out. Divide the main glasses section into two pieces by cutting them on the dotted line. You will want to trace and cut out both glass sections.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Color Your Plastic
As I said before, I used a baggie to make my 3-d glasses. You can use anything clear you have on hand. Try using cellophane, transparency sheets, flat plastic cut from packaging, or you can buy red and blue Mylar or acetate sheets.
Use red and blue permanent markers to color a red and a blue area on your plastic. Let your plastic sit undisturbed until the marker dries. You may need to test your markers and plastic before you commit to it.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Cut Your Plastic Lenses
Use one of the eye hole pieces you saved from step 4 as a template to cut out your red and blue eyepieces.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Tape the Lenses to the Glasses
Tape the red and blue lenses onto the back of the glasses. Make sure the red piece is covering the left eye hole and the blue piece is covering the right eye hole.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Attach the Ear Pieces to the 3-D Glasses
Use tape to attach the ear pieces to the side of the glasses. When I designed the printable template I made the earpieces extra long so you can trim them down to the right size, do this before you tape them in place on your glasses.
If you are making craft foam 3-d glasses, use glue to attach the ear pieces using glue.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Fold Your Glasses
Now you can fold down the other side of your glasses to enclose the plastic lenses and earpiece ends inside. Tape it closed.
If you are making craft foam 3-d glasses, glue the second eye section on the back of the first using glue.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finishing Your Glasses
If you just want a plain pair of 3-d glasses, like the pair pictured in the top of this picture, you are done now. If you want to personalize your glasses, dig through your craft cupboard and find whatever catches your fancy. I decorated the middle pair of glasses in this photo using glitter and feathers and the bottom pair was made using craft foam.
Experiment, use your imagination, and have fun!