Introduction: Cardpunk Goggles

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You've heard of steampunk, cyberpunk, even dieselpunk.

Now, there's cardpunk - an alternative reality where all the cool stuff is made of cardboard.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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The main tools we used for this project were a selection of sharp knives, scissors and a pin.

The materials were;

  • The cardboard innertube of a roll of toiler paper.
  • Some light cardstock
  • Scraps of corrugated card
  • String
  • Glue

Step 2: Cutting

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To make the frames, cut each end of the tube off at an angle to suit the head of the wearer.

That's probably roughly 45o, but you could even trim the cut part of the frame to a curve to match the wearer's eye-sockets.

  • To aid getting the lines even, I marked the high and low points, wrapped a piece of string around the tube between the two points, and then drew along the string.
  • To make the two frames as similar as possible, I cut the sloped piece off the end the first frame came from, turned it around, and slid it over the other end of the tube as a template.

Pierce small holes at each side of the frames - one at the "short" side of the circumference, one at the "tall" side. You will be threading string through them later.

Draw around the frames on the cardstock - these circles will become the lenses.

Draw on numerous small thin tabs.

Pierce the cardstock many, many times with the pin.

  • Make sure that the pin has a large head, or that you wear a thimble - that's a lot of holes, and a lot of wear-and-tear on your finger.
  • Put a pad of paper towel under the cardstock, and a piece of scrap corrugated card under that, to allow you to pierce right through the cardstock without piercing yourself...

Cut out the cardstock.

Step 3: Gluing

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The lenses need to go into the frames.

Crease all the tabs, and then glue them. Most glues will do the job, but I am using PVA woodglue to add extra strength to the finished item.

Place the flat side of the frames on your working surface, then push the lenses into place - the tabs should all fold back along the inside of the frames, making sure they are flush to the front edge of the frames.

Use pegs to hold the lenses in place while the glue dries, and then trim off any tabs that are sticking out. You may also need to re-pierce the holes in the frames, and possibly re-pierce the pinholes in the lenses.

Step 4: String.

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Cut a short length of string, and tie an over-hand knot in one end.

From the inside of one frame, thread it between the "short side" holes of the frames. this will form the "bridge" of the goggles.

Adjust the string to fit, then knot the other end of the string to stop it falling out.

Cut two lengths of string, each long enough to go just over half-way around the wearer's head.

Fix one piece of string to each side of the frames.

Cut a rectangle of scrap corrugated card, roughly 5cm long and 2cm wide. Pierce three holes in the rectangle, and thread the two pieces of string through the three holes.

I haven't seen this device used elsewhere, so I'm claiming originality - I call it a friction buckle.

  • Starting at the end of the card, thread each piece of string up-down-up through the holes. That means each piece of string will go through all three holes, but in the opposite direction. look at the photos to see what I mean.

Tie knots in the loose ends to stop them getting pulled back through the card.

Step 5: Basically Finished.

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That is the goggles effectively finished.

They can be tightened by pulling the loose ends of string at the back - the corrugated rectangle is a friction-fix buckle.

Cool as they look, though, they can still be card-punked up some more.

Step 6: Cardpunk!

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Steampunk has added cogs.

Cyberpunk has added electronics.

Dieselpunk has oily bits.

Cardpunk has extra card..

Cardpunk purists will stick to self-coloured corrugated card, maybe with details added with fine markers (such as "this way up" or "fragile" symbols), at most a layer of weather-proofing varnish, but the less-dedicated cardpunkers may decide to add paint, stickers, even decorations made of plastic or other non-card materials.

For this pair of goggles, I found suitably-sized symbols printed on the corrugated box - the circular arrow was the perfect size, and the recycling sign does not actually cut down the visible field very much at all. I cut them out, and glued them to the front of the frames.

Go for it, and post pictures of the goggles you make.


Kiteman (author)2012-09-23

I have now posted another pair of goggles, using the same concept in the lenses, but steampunk style.

Ward_Nox (author)2009-08-29

so i guess in "card punk" everything looks like stuff built in little big planet

Kiteman (author)Ward_Nox2009-08-30

I thought they were all sewn together? (We have a Wii, not a PS3)

InvaderIggy (author)Kiteman2010-08-20

the sackboy is stiched but the scenery is mostly cardboard

dungeon runner (author)Kiteman2010-02-28

Heh, I believe that is actually yet another, "stitchpunk".


Ward_Nox (author)Kiteman2009-08-31

well the sack people are but the levels themselves are built from all sorts of things

Kiteman (author)Ward_Nox2009-08-31


Kenta-Rin (author)2010-04-09

I used your friction buckle for one of my goggles. I gave a link to here in the artist's comments.

Thanks for the idea!

Kiteman (author)Kenta-Rin2010-04-10

Thanks - they look really good.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2010-04-15

(I forgot to add - why not post an ible of how you made those?)

Aztof (author)2010-03-02

back at home, we call this seampunk it refers to the sort of handmade feel,the hand stitching.   Things like these goggles, movies like Coraline and 9 all fall into the category of Seampunk
(in my humble optnion)
still, very nice, I love the recycle symbol 5/5

Kiteman (author)Aztof2010-03-02

Seampunk, like you can see the hand-made joins?

Maybe craftpunk?

Thanks for the rating.

Aztof (author)Kiteman2010-03-08

Yeah, the seams, the stitches, like the sack-people in little big planet

V-Man737 (author)2009-09-19

Cardpunk FTW! Your picture changed! I hardly recognized you. Is that the Cat's Eye nebula?

Kiteman (author)V-Man7372009-09-20

It is, for the moment. I felt starry.

V-Man737 (author)Kiteman2009-09-20

Yay! It's one of my favorites. Congratulations on starting another "punk" subculture!

Kiteman (author)V-Man7372009-09-20

Feel free to add to the genre...

dungeon runner (author)Kiteman2010-02-28

When will it end? The "punks" I mean.

Ooh, 'Toidpunk! I hear that primary-color painted metal and curvy embossed lettering is all the rage with the kids. Curiously stylish!

Yerboogieman (author)2010-02-14

Can you see through these?

*Takes a minute to look at all the pictures*


Kiteman (author)Yerboogieman2010-02-15

I guess you could make the lens out of any thin opaque material - say, a sheet of brass if you were making a steampunk pair, or something mirrored for cyberpunk.

Kimasutra (author)2010-02-14

Pretty Sweet. I might Mod them to make steampunk goggles through.

Kiteman (author)Kimasutra2010-02-14

Cool, make sure you post pictures, maybe your own Instructable.

Camisado (author)2009-11-19

Your face looks a lot cooler than last year.

Camisado (author)Camisado2009-11-19

2008 Kiteman's face is still cool though.

Kiteman (author)Camisado2009-11-19

Er, thank you, I think, but it's the same face as always.

Sort of.

Camisado (author)Kiteman2009-11-19

You look a little fatter here, which is a good thing (IMO).

Kiteman (author)Camisado2009-11-20

It must be the camera-angle, because I'm no fatter in the flesh.

Camisado (author)Kiteman2009-11-20

Oh... then just keep taking photos from that angle. I'm sure you'll be an online chick magnet!

Oh and nice I'ble, five stars.

corn fluffleberry (author)2009-09-16

card punk is all and good but i could ad cogs glass lenses and paint then the worlds cheapest steampunk goggles would emerge

Goodhart (author)2009-08-29

Interesting....I wonder if the lens were brought closer to the eyes (shorter focal length) if they would be helpful with Myopia (like pinhole glasses are for mild cases)?

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-08-29

You can buy plastic "spectacles" intended for that. It thoroughly confused my camera, though - I had to lock the focus on the wall, then put the card lens over the camera lens.

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-08-29

I bet the range finder on your camera was confused :-) Yeah, I have seen the metal type with the pinholes in them. Still, we are makers not just consumers, right? ;-)

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-08-29

This is what the image looked like when I let the camera do its thing.

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-08-29

I figured it might focus on the paper / cardboard itself. ...interesting that the holes appear oblong rather then round from the pin piercings.

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-08-29

I think that's an artefact of the structure of the card - it rips slightly along the length of the fibres.

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-08-29

...showing that the fibers are not 'polarized' but rather are fairly random in direction...have I over-analyzed this yet? lol

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-08-29

Keep going - would the holes be rectangular in thinner or thicker card?

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-08-29

I would think they would be more elongated on thinner cards, and with thicker cards, because of the randomness involved, what may start out as long in one direction, would be changed further into the card (because the fibers would change direction), thus, the thicker card would be more likely to have rectangular or triangular holes in it...but that is just a guess.

Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-08-29

I've never checked, but there are people who do...

Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-08-30

Well, if I don't lose this comment (if my memory doesn't lose it, that is) I may do a preliminary little test are just a few pieces myself and view them through the magnifier glass just to satisfy my own curiosity.

Spycrab (author)2009-08-29

suh-weet :P
They're so-I'm making a pair right now

Kiteman (author)Spycrab2009-08-30

Cool, post photos!

lemonie (author)2009-08-29

Very nice, I like! L

Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-08-29

Thank you!

Kiteman (author)2009-08-29

Thank you.

Kiteman (author)2009-08-29

Cool - post pics when you do!

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2009-08-29

ha cradpunk i think ill make some

Post photos when you do!

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