Dollar Store Kate Spade Inspired Sunglasses DIY

Posted by Meghan Quinones
You can get the look of Kate Spade sunglasses for less than $5! This designer-inspired DIY tutorial will get you looking on-trend in no time!

I have a secret...I buy my sunglasses from the Dollar Store! That's right, my sunglasses never cost me more than $1! For some reason, I do not do well with expensive items, especially sunglasses, which is why I don't even mess around with a high end pair. If I lose my sunglasses, they get scratched, or break, no biggie since they were only $1!

The Dollar Store has actually come a long way in the sunglasses department. Their styles tend to be way more on-trend nowadays than in the past. When buying sunglasses from the Dollar Store, I tend to lean towards the styles in black. Since they are black, they are pretty boring. In an effort to give my plain sunglasses some pizzaz, I decided to look for some inspiration. I came across these pretty purple striped sunglasses from Kate Spade. They were so much fun and I knew I had to recreate them!

To create my own version of the Kate Spade sunglasses I was coveting, I grabbed some acrylic paint and clear nail polish. If you are wondering why in the world I would grab clear nail polish (and no, it was not to do my nails while my paint dried), it was to seal in my painted stripes so they don't chip! I am telling you, there are so many uses for nail polish in the crafting world! I think my sunglasses look pretty close to the real deal, but obviously won't break the bank.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Sunglasses
  • Acrylic Paint (in Light Purple, Dark Purple, and White)
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Paint Brush
  • Washi Tape (I started using washi tape, but ended up free-handing my stripes)

Let's get crafty!

I first placed a piece of washi tape about 1/4 inch from the front end of my sunglasses and painted a dark purple stripe. I painted the top and bottom part of my sunglasses (you could also do the inside - I did not).

Once my dark purple stripe was dry, I placed a piece of washi tape on top of the stripe and another piece about an inch down.

I then painted a light purple stripe and let it dry.

After my second stripe, I decided to forgo the washi tape and continued on with my stripes freehand. When I peeled back my washi tape from one of my painted stripes, it took some of the paint off along with it. After my light purple stripe, I left a black space. I then painted a white stripe about 1/4 inch wide. After my white stripe dried, I added another coat to make it a little bit darker.

I added a dark purple stripe 1 and 1/4 inch long and let it dry.

I then added a light purple stripe about a 1/4 inch long and let it dry.

I then added another black space. This time around I made it a little longer. I added a white stripe a little less than 1/4 inch long. I added a second coat after it was dry.

I added a dark purple stripe about 1 and 1/8 inch long and let it dry.

The final stripe I added was white. It was about 1/8 inch long.

Once my white stripe was dry, I went over all of my stripes with a coat of clear nail polish. I added a second coat of nail polish after the first coat dried. You will repeat Steps 1 - 9 on the other side of your sunglasses.

See how quickly you can update Dollar Store sunglasses to look like they are designer!

Photo credit - top: Kate Spade