Happy Earth Day everyone! It's the perfect day to celebrate our beautiful planet and all the amazing things it has to offer. And what better way to do that than by upcycling old eyewear frames and lenses into something new and creative?
Let's start with the basics. You probably have a few pairs of old eyeglasses or sunglasses lying around that you don't use anymore. Instead of throwing them away, why not give them a new lease on life?
A fun idea? Create a window collage with different sunglass lenses. Remove the lenses from a few old frames, and then arrange the lenses on a piece of clear contact paper in a pattern or design of your choice. Once you're happy with the arrangement, stick the contact paper onto a window and enjoy the colorful and unique effect it creates. You can also wire them together, as seen below:
Another creative idea is to make an artist collage of Audrey Hepburn using old lenses. Simply print out a photo of Audrey, cut out the silhouette, and then glue the lenses onto the image to create a unique and striking piece of art. Or, you can also find all the different colors you need to create your own masterful collage of lenses in varying colors to create this beautiful work of art.
If you're looking for something a bit more practical, you can always turn old frames into a business card holder. Remove the lenses and use a small saw or file to cut a slit in the top of the frame. You now have a stylish and eco-friendly way to display your business cards.
For a fun and whimsical project, try making a mobile. Use a variety of lenses to create a colorful and playful display that will brighten up any room.
If you're feeling crafty, you can even turn old lenses into jewelry. Try making a necklace pendant by gluing your favorite images behind a clear lens and eye wire.
For something a bit more intricate, try making a butterfly pendant necklace by arranging small lenses in the shape of a butterfly and attaching them to a chain.
Now, you might be wondering what to do with all the leftover parts of the frames that you don't use. That's where Velvet Eyewear's Recycle Reward Program comes in. Here at Velvet, we offer a recycling program for old glasses and sunglasses. Simply mail in your old frames and lenses, and they will be recycled. Also, most of their packaging can be repurposed into many different household, office and school items for both storage and organization uses.
So, there you have it! A few fun and creative ideas for upcycling old eyewear frames and lenses, and a way to recycle the parts you don't use. Let's all do our part to reduce waste and make our planet a little bit greener this Earth Day.