DIY Magnetic Sunglasses




About: Summer camp assistant director by day, maker all the time. I love making stuff and I have a YouTube channel that shows how I do it. Come check me out :)

I am the assistant director at a summer camp. That involves a lot of running around in the sun. The problem?Wearing prescription glasses is no fun in the sun. Transition glasses always look weird, and don’t work in cars. Carrying around and extra pair of expensive prescription sunglasses is not a good idea either.

Well I have a solution for you: Magnetic Sunglasses Attachments! Works well with any metal glasses frame. It's super quick and easy to do. The best part is? IT’S $15 dollars or less!

For some reason the video won't embed. So for now here is a link to an instructional video.


Here are the materials and tools that I used, but there are cheaper and more expensive alternatives for all of them


Clip on Glasses


Gel Super Glue


Band Saw


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Step 1: Step 1: Cutting Off the Clips

The first step is to cut the clips off of the Clip-on glasses or the legs off of regular glasses. I usually prefer the clip-ons because they are later and thinner, so they stick better.

To do this I used a Ryobi Band Saw, but you can also use a plastic cutting wheel on the Dremmel or do it by hand with a small saw if you have the patience.

Step 2: Step 2: Sanding

When everything is cut, it is likely to be sharp, which is dangerous next to your eyes so I sand all of the bumps until they are flat. I use the Dremmel, but again this can be done by hand. You also want to sand the areas that are going to receive glue, as the roughness helps the glue stick better.

Step 3: Step 3: Gluing

Now that everything is flat, the next step is to glue the magnets in place. I have very wide glasses, so I glue the magnets all the way at the edges. For people with smaller glasses adjust the magnets to match.

Step 4: Step 4: Test

Once the glue has dried, test out the glasses and make sure it is a good fit. Then go show off your new shades.

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    Question 18 days ago on Step 4

    I have never seen metal eyeglass frames that are magnetic. (They are usually made of monel, copper/nickel alloy, titanium, or stainless steel. All of these are non-magnetic.) How did you get the sunglasses to stick? What brand frame are you using?


    Reply 24 days ago

    Thank you, it looks simple, but that's only because I went through so many other more complicated iterations first.
    If you liked this consider subscribing to my youtube channel. I have a lot of videos that I haven't uploaded to instructables yet.


    Reply 27 days ago

    Thank you Jessy. It certainly wasn't my first solution. But I just kept trying different things until finally I found something that works for me. If you like them make sure to vote. And check out my YouTube for other cool builds you might like! :)


    That is very kind of you Penelopy. After you build a couple it becomes super easy looking, it was definitely a bit less smooth of a process the first couple times I made it. If you like them make sure to vote. And check out my YouTube for other cool builds you might like! :)


    Reply 27 days ago

    Thank you very much. It certainly went through a few less-streamlined iterations before getting to this point. But now I love them. If you like them make sure to vote. And check out my youtube for other cool builds you might like! :)