I came across these nerdy toy glasses a few years ago, and I’ve been wanting to do this craft since then. Finally, I did it! Here’s how to make your own DIY Halloween BOO Glasses!
- Toy/costume eye glasses (no lens or remove the lens). I found mine at the thrift store but here are some on Amazon (affiliate link). Do a search for “nerd costume glasses” or “wizard glasses” or “where’s waldo glasses” for more options, and pay attention to sizing (adult or kids) depending on who will be wearing them.
- Pipe cleaners
- Craft sticks
- Wood ring about the same size as glasses (I used a napkin ring)
- Hot glue
- Craft wire and wire cutters
- For the ghosts: felt, black pipe cleaners, and embroidery thread/needle (optional)
- For the spider: large and small wood beads, black pipe cleaners, white pipe cleaners
Form the “b” with a craft stick and a napkin ring. Use hot glue to attach them.
Attach the “b” to the left hand side of the glasses with hot glue. Make sure the ear pieces are open as the glue may keep the hinge from moving.
Once dry, you can further secure the “b” by wrapping craft wire around it.
Start wrapping the “b” with pipe cleaners. I am using these wavy sparkly ones I found during Halloween last year. The “b” required 4-5 pipe cleaners. Be sure to cover up the wire and as much of the wood as possible.
Continue wrapping the glasses. You can use all the same color or several colors. The “o”‘s required 3-4 pipe cleaners. You can stop here, but I thought they looked a little too asymmetrical.
So on the other side, I made ghosts for one pair, and a spider for the other pair. For the ghosts, cut out two ghosts, about the same height as the glasses (you can make one big and one small). For each ghost, cut two. Coil a black pipe cleaner to form a circle for each eye, and a larger oval for the mouth. Glue them onto one ghost piece. Sandwich a craft stick in between the two ghost pieces and use hot glue to attach them. At this point, you can embroider around the edge (I didn’t decide to do this until the end). I used a blanket stitch. You can skip this part but I just thought it looked neater.
Glue the ghost at the craft stick at an angle, on the back of the glasses. Repeat with the other ghost.
Again, here’s where I ended up embroidering a blanket stitch around the ghosts, as I didn’t decide to do it until the end. If you also decide to do the stitching, do it after you glue the craft stick, but before you glue it to the glasses. Not my neatest work…I’ve never embroidered glasses before!
For the spider, glue a small bead on top of a large bead.
Wrap the whole thing with black pipe cleaners, securing with glue.
Take two white pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Twist them together to form eight legs.
Glue the legs to the spider body. Glue a craft stick to the back of the spider. If you like, you can paint the craft stick black. I covered the cut end of my craft stick with some felt to be safe.
Glue the spider on at an angle.
This would be a great craft to do with kids, or to quickly make to surprise them when they get home from school!
PS When you put them on upside down and look in the mirror, they spell “poo”. Teeheehee!
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