DIY PEARL SUNGLASS STRAP

My affair with everything pearly continues, first it was the earrings and now I’ve graduated to a summer essential accessory – the  sunglass strap. I spied a little bit of inspiration on Pinterest (and tracked it down to here) a little while ago and, although at first glace the pearl sunglass attachment reminded me a little of my grandmother and her backgammon playing friends, once again this pearly number grew on me (much like mold on the walls of a Hong Kong apartment!). After a while I found myself itching to create something similar, I figured as long as I wore it sans twin set and ladies bermuda shorts I wouldn’t have to worry about being herded onto a mini bus bound for the shopping centre with all the other old biddies. But only time will tell!

With my Pearl Embellishment Kit in hand I set about creating this project – it took no time at all and has gone a pretty long way to curing my ‘when is this @$%#ing winter going to end?’ blues. (But seriously, When?!)

pearl sunglass strap www.apairandasparediy.compearl sunglass strap www.apairandasparediy.com

You need:

  • Some black rope
  • Small pearls (I used 1cm ones)
  • Sunglass strap rubber findings
  • 2 silver ends caps
  • glue
  • scissors
  • white cord

Most of the supplies can be bought in this pearl embellishment kit!

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

1. Cut two pieces of leather cord roughly 25cm (10 in) each.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

2. Tie the strap findings onto the leather cord, leaving a 2.5cm (1 in) tai of cord after the knot.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

3. Thread the pearls onto the cord. Keep going until both are filled all the way with pearls.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

4. Tie the end cap onto the end.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

5. For a more tidy finish, thread the end of the leather cord through the pearls along the other side of the cord.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

6. Do that to both.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

7.  Put some glue into the end caps.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

8. Push the rope into the end cap.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

9. Allow to dry overnight.

A Pair and A Spare Pearl Sunglasses Strap

Voila!

pearl sunglass strap www.apairandasparediy.com

Photo of me by Marion and Ana.