Summer is in full swing and for most people that means hanging outdoors in the sun. This week we’ve come up with a simple, practical D.I.Y. project to keep our sunglasses organized and off the ground so they don’t get stepped on or scratched. We used scrap EPS foam that can be salvaged from electronics packaging and other shipping boxes. It’s always a great idea to keep that stuff out of the landfills and to repurpose it into something fun and useful. Our sunglass holder project is a great (and cheap!) activity that even kids can do with parental supervision. Here’s the basic list of supplies we used.
- Aluzine epoxy resin
- Black Boardstix paint pen
- yellow tint, purple tint
- French blue pigment
- 2” brush
- 1 1/2” tape
- mixing cups
- mixing sticks
All of these supplies can be found at any of our locations or you can shop online 24/7. Here are the 10 steps we did to make our custom sunglass holder.
Step #3 – Sand the foam to shape. Our piece of foam was pretty dirty and had some hard edges so we used the Fiberglass Hawaii Foam Shaping Pad to clean it up and round off the corners.
Step #6 – Tape off for your design;we used multiple colors in ours. Tape off across the center and apply the resin to the uncovered areas. The cool part about our scrap foam was that it had some voids, scratches and imperfections. The color that we applied was a mixture of yellow and purple tint. Tints tend to highlight the imperfections of foam which gave our piece some nice texture. We waited for the resin to harden and removed the tape.
Step #7 – We then taped off over the hardened resin and left the white foam in the center exposed. We mixed up our French Blue pigment. The opaque pigment hid everything so we have a nice contrast between the texture of the tint and smoothness of the pigment. Once the resin hardens, pull your tape.
Remember to have fun and customize your sunglass holder’s shape and color. This simple project will keep your glasses safer, longer.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Be creative, don’t wear sunnies? Try something else, everybody needs to place to hang their keys, reusable grocery bags and mail (just add a few binder clips to the rope and voila! You have a mail station!)
Use this simple project as inspiration. We’d love to see any project you’re working on so remember to tag #fiberglasshawaii in your social media posts.