Introduction: Lady GaGa 'Video' Glasses

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I made these quick and easy glasses for my Lady GaGa Halloween costume. They use 2 digital picture frame keychains on a slideshow setting to replicate the effect seen in her performances (here is a video of her glasses).

* You cannot see through the glasses, so I don't recommend walking around with them on.
* The individual keychains are not synced. I just practiced pressing the 'ON' buttons simultaneously.

DIY Lady GaGa Video Glasses from Angela M. Sheehan on Vimeo.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

* Sunglasses (that you don't mind destroying)

* 2 digital picture frame keychains -
They retail for around $20 but I found some on ebay for around $6 each. I used a 1.5" screen because it was a good size to attach to my glasses.
* Hot glue gun & glue

* Pliers (to remove the keychain from the picture frames)

* Paint (to cover the glue and blend the picture frames in with the glasses better)

* A computer (to download the images to the picture frames)

Step 2: Prep Glasses and Digital Picture Frames

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Pop out the lenses on your glasses. This will make it easier to attach your digital picture frames.

I had to crack the lenses with a hammer in order to remove them because they did not pop out easily. If you need to crack the lenses please be careful and wear gloves and safety glasses.

Use pliers to remove the keychain clasps from your digital picture frames. There is probably a metal ring that you can unbend where it attaches to the plastic.

Step 3: Load Images & Test

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Before you do any gluing, load your images onto your digital picture frames and test them out. They should come with a manual to tell you how to do this. Also set the slideshow time to the fastest setting to make it more 'video'-like. These particular models only have options for 5 second, 10 second, or 30 seconds.

While you are at it, charge up the devices (mine came with a USB cord for loading/charging).

I had to find a Windows machine because the brand I had was not compatible with Macs.

I attached some images you can use. The animation in her video is just the words "Pop music will never be low brow".


Because the picture frames I used were thinner on one side, I installed one upside down so they would mirror each other (see picture). I had to upload the images for that frame upside down so they would display correctly. You can flip them in any image editing software before loading.

Step 4: Attach to Glasses

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Using a hot glue gun, attach the digital picture frames to your glasses. I worked my way around the frames a few times, layering up the glue to make a sturdy connection.

Be sure to leave room between the frames to plug them in if needed (as you can see from the pictures the USB connection is right across the bridge of the glasses, that's not a lot of space to work with).

If you want, use some paint to cover the hot glue and make the digital frames blend in with your glasses.

And that's it. Try them out and impress your friends!


How can I make them show videos?

gothpopper (author)2017-08-04

Who wants to make me a pair of these? I'll pay for them.

sosclosetsandfurniture (author)2015-10-18

Thanks for this great idea! I ordered two keychains today. I think I might make one with just one "eye" side of the glasses so my kids can see out the other. I think a digital "wandering" eyeball might be fun. I'll try to remember to post something when I get it done. Great job!

mylestybri (author)2011-11-17


sonicbro1 (author)2011-04-17

i just have 1 question. how do u charge the frames?

the_gella (author)sonicbro12011-04-17

You can use the usb cord to plug them in and charge them.

mylestybri (author)the_gella2011-11-17


mylestybri (author)the_gella2011-11-17


aleek1 (author)2011-06-24

Wouldn't be so cool if it could play music too like just as the slide show was playing lady gaga song played too or any song

mylestybri (author)aleek12011-11-17

i found some on ebay for 3.47 each

ninjaaa (author)2011-06-17


rgardin (author)2011-06-07

what font??

mrgryphon (author)2011-05-12

Amazing 'Ible!

One of my friends is planning a party with the theme "More GaGa than GaGa" - He dressed up in caution tape with a gal who made a fake meat dress and they went to the bars as "The Lord and Lady GaGa" last halloween. I guess that it was so much fun he wants to do it again and waiting for halloween be damned!

These glasses are defenitely making the list for my "Lord GaGa" costume!

Mumu545 (author)2011-05-01

Can you change the images that display on the screens or not?

the_gella (author)Mumu5452011-05-01

yes, they come with a software that you load your own images into. then you can play a slideshow of them.

Mumu545 (author)the_gella2011-05-04

Awesome! I might just have to try this.

depotdevoid (author)2011-03-18

Thanks for the 'ible, I built a pair for my daughter's Gaga themed birthday party!

mrawsome (author)2011-02-21

pretty cool i made them my self i put mirrors at a 90 degree angle 1 one the side of the glasses and the others on my ears so i could see

courtdub (author)2011-01-10

The only thing is. You can't see anything. I guess that's still cool.

purgedsoul (author)2011-01-08

This is cool! My idea was to glue or attached two ipod nano 6th gen to a motorcycle visor. But thought that's a bit expensive.

computer_guy (author)2011-01-04

AWESOME!!! Too bad you wont be able to see where you're going with them.. might as well make them goggles :]

-chase- (author)2011-01-03

Congrates on being listed in the "Best instructables of 2010" Instructables news letter!

(btw your first link to the video of her glasses is down)

Again congrates and Happy New Year!

I enjoyed your instructable - great costume!
Just need a seeing eye dog and you wouldn't have to take the glasses off - Come to think of it it would look kinda cool with a german shepard as your side kick to the costume... you wouldn't have to tell them if was a seeing eye dog! ;0)

the_gella (author)-chase-2011-01-03

Thanks for letting me know about the link - I just updated the link to a working video : )

badassriffer (author)2010-02-24

FYI lady gagas name should be changed to GENTLEMAN gaga

toogers (author)badassriffer2010-03-23

i think sir gaga sounds better.

holly4409 (author)toogers2010-12-30

Lord Gaga :) i know it's months later, but i just had to say it...

icaro_25_sp (author)2010-12-30

you can see?

techsean (author)2010-10-26


madara009 (author)2010-10-21

so uh, how are you supposed to see? lol
good job on the ible by the way

davidprosser (author)2010-10-21

If you covered up the controls some how (maybe made them extra stylish wide?!) then you could use these: and actually have video!

CapraRoyale (author)2010-01-22

Great idea!
If you wanted, you could take the case off both of them and wire one button up to the power button on both so that one press would simultaneously turn them on.
Or, even better, rewire one of the screens onto the other, basically double the screen output, and just make the pictures brighter to make up for the lack of light due to both screens drawing power.

ManifestoLG (author)CapraRoyale2010-10-20

have you made any these doing your method?

danica (author)HybridStorm2010-10-20

I love love love dealextreme.

jackie92 (author)2010-10-11

is there any spefic type of picture frames i need to buy ???????

the_gella (author)jackie922010-10-12

Nope, just a digital picture frame that fits on the glasses you chose and has a slideshow setting.

techsean (author)2010-09-30

I love that design. Great work.

Screamo (author)2010-09-26

Good idea, but what does the WILL WILL thing mean?

the_gella (author)Screamo2010-09-30

The text is from a performance in which she had 'pop culture will never be low brow' scroll across the glasses.

resaxox (author)2010-09-26

Oh my god no way!
SO brilliant! :)

lapitta112 (author)2010-09-02

the only problem im having is with the glasses

humongo_spork (author)2010-07-24

Reminds me of one of the Daft Punk guys. The one that isn't Guy Homem-Christano.

skitzx24 (author)2010-07-21

Hey were did you get the jacket that your wearing in your costume picture?

the_gella (author)skitzx242010-07-21

I made it my cutting up and reengineering a thrift store blazer and some cardboard to keep the shoulder pads sturdy.

xefix (author)2010-07-05


ilham456 (author)2010-06-29

where do you buy digtal frame keychain? link please

ginja_ninja (author)2010-06-13

nice! this e an awesome idea to give to my cyber goth mate for his birthday just need 2 of them and goggles of some sort

J-Five (author)2010-06-05

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was her name at birth.

akosin (author)2010-01-27

Cool idea! I have a suggestion. What if you took the displays out of the cases, mounted them on the glasses nd project leds from behind so you can still see out of them!

carpfluff (author)akosin2010-05-15

Did you try it?

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