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DIY Blinged-out Contact Lens Case

Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products.

Check out this cute blinged-out contact case! Learn how to make your own!

Check out this cute blinged-out contact case! Learn how to make your own!

DIY Contact Case

Tired of keeping your contacts in a boring old case? Learn how to make your very own rhinestone or crystal-covered contact lens case with this easy, step-by-step tutorial. Perhaps you don't wear contact lenses and are wondering what exactly you would do with such a small sparkly case. Luckily, contact cases can be used for other things besides just storing lenses. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Carry one in your purse. You never know when you may need something to hold small stuff like a pair of earrings or a button.
  • Store seed beads, microbeads, or other tiny craft supplies
  • Use it to carry pills that you take as needed. It's the perfect size to hold allergy pills like Benadryl or Claritin.
  • Is your favorite lipstick almost all used up? Scoop out what is left and put it in a contact lens case and apply it with a brush. You will be able to get several more uses from it, and not a bit of it will be wasted!
  • Got some broken blush or eyeshadow? Crush it up and store it in a contact case.
  • Put a little of your favorite lotion and carry it with you—you never know when you might need a little bit of lotion.
  • Makes a great travel container for your favorite face cream.
  • Put some mouthwash in each side and screw the lids on super tight and carry them in your purse or car. Use in a pinch for bad breath. This will particularly come in handy before a job interview!
  • Perfect for storing DIY lip gloss and other homemade cosmetics and beauty products.


  • Empty contact lens case
  • Glue—my favorite glue for this type of craft is E6000
  • Rhinestones
  • Paint *optional*

Step 1: Paint the Case

The first thing I did to my case was painted it silver with spray paint. This is completely optional but since my case was two different colors (and I think most of them are), I wanted to make it all one color before starting with the rhinestones. Also, I painted the outside only with spray paint.

I don't recommend spraying the inside, especially if you will be using it to store any cosmetics or contact lenses. I put tape over both "bowls" to stop any paint from adhering to the inside of the case. One more thing about the paint: It's got to be a type of paint that will adhere to plastic. Spray paint does the job enough for me. If you don't want to paint your case, feel free to skip this and go to step 2.

Silver spray paint I used to paint the exterior of the contact case

Silver spray paint I used to paint the exterior of the contact case

Contact case before painting

Contact case before painting

Step 2: Affix the Bling

Time to bring out the bling! First, take both lids off the case, and you will have three pieces.

I started off doing the tops of the two round caps. I did it row by row, starting from the outer edge of the circle until I hit the center. I wanted to do the sides, where you grip to twist the cap on, but the lids are too close together when screwed on so I wasn't able to cover around the sides of the lids with bling.

Then I did the bottom piece. I basically just did one row around the bottom piece of the case. It didn't take that long as there wasn't much surface to cover. Then I placed a few rhinestones where I could on the top part of the bottom case.

Also, be careful about the placement of the rhinestones on the top part of the bottom piece. Make sure you aren't putting rhinestones anywhere that will stop the lids from screwing on completely.

Step 3: Let It Dry

Once you have all the rhinestones glued on, that is pretty much it. Let it sit a while to make sure all the glue is dry; then, you are ready to start using your awesome blinged-out contact lens case!

I made two!

I made two!


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

K Kiss- Thank you so much... it was lots of fun to do, for sure and really turned out pretty.. and I know yours will too!

K Kiss from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK on February 13, 2014:

This is such a cool thing to do. I have been wearing contact lenses for so long (for fashion purposed :P) and never thought of giving my container a makeover. Thanks now I know what I will be doing this weekend.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

moonlake- You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed this and thank you for the vote up :)

moonlake from America on April 17, 2013:

Very cute I should make one for my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 14, 2013:

Kathryn Stratford- Thank you so much! Lucky YOU, I've always wanted to work at a craft store.... it would be like a dream job :) Have fun making your blinged out contact case!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 14, 2013:

Thelma Alberts- You are welcome....Yes, definitely tell your son to hang on to those contact cases for you. This was so much fun to make. Thank you for dropping by!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on April 13, 2013:

Oh, this is so pretty! I just started working at a craft store, so I may pick up the supplies to decorate my contact lens. Great job!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 10, 2013:

WOW! I love this. I think I will be asking my son not to throw his contact lenses case for me to use. Voted up and awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 02, 2013:

teaches- You sure could make this one and it wouldn't take too long either! I did two of them and I love how they both came out. Glad you enjoyed this...thanks so much for dropping by :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 02, 2013:

Vinaya- It is actually very relaxing to me to glue the stones on, one by is something to focus on and block everything else out.. sort of like meditation. I'm glad you found this interesting! Thanks for dropping by :)

Dianna Mendez on February 02, 2013:

Oh, la, la! What a chic way to express yourself! Love thie idea and it's going to be a big hit with many women out there. If I wore contacts, I would be making this one. Wait, maybe I will -- as gifts at Christmas! Thanks for the idea.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on February 01, 2013:

I don't know if I could do this, but I found this tutorial very interesting.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 01, 2013:

Pinkchic- Thank you so much! I may have to give the clear coat a try.. Thanks so much for dropping by and glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on February 01, 2013:

These are so stinkin cute! Nice work! I was almost thinking you should spray a coat of clear paint over it to lock them on. Nice hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 31, 2013:

Glimmer Twin- I know what you mean.. I don't usually wear a lot of bling but I sure do like to cover things with it. It is fun to see something go from plain jane to super sparkly... It's actually relaxing to me to glue the rhinestones and this little case was super easy. So glad you like it! Thank you for stopping by and for the pin:)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 31, 2013:

FullOfLoveSites- Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to glue the rhinestones on and see it all come together. Thank you so much for dropping by :)

Claudia Porter on January 31, 2013:

Even though I don't wear contacts, I had to take a look at this and will be pinning. I'm into bling right now, although, why I don't know. I'm not a blingy girl. This is super cute and would make great little gifts for friends who do wear contacts. Thanks!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on January 30, 2013:

I love anything shiny and sparkling, and I think it's really fabulous! Thanks for sharing your instructions -- a simple contact lens case goes "vavavoooom"! :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 30, 2013:

btrbell- So glad you liked this idea...Have fun blinging your contact case!! I get my rhinestones super cheap on Ebay. They are plastic but they are super sparkly and look just like the glass ones.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 30, 2013:

Boulism- Thank you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 30, 2013:

Sharkye- Thank you so much for the vote up.. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I still have 3 of those green and white cases laying around. Guess I better bling em up :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 30, 2013:

Suzie- Oh yeah.. I love covering things in rhinestones.. give me anything and I'll bling it up!!!! I'm so glad you like it.. thank you again for the idea :)

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 29, 2013:

Well, Jamie, I brought home an empty c/l case today. Now I just need to buy the bling! Yay! thank you! and I'll let SuzieQ know, too!

Boulism from Short Beach, CT on January 29, 2013:


Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on January 29, 2013:

Great idea! I have two of those same generic white and green lens cases. And they are soooo ugly and plain! Love the idea of personalizing them! This would also be great for people who use novelty lenses, they could tell from the case which set was inside! Awesome as usual! Voting up!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 29, 2013:

Hi Jamie,

My pleasure you did an awesome job, it looks fantastic and would go down a bomb with women and girls everywhere! I have linked in to 3 or 4 hubs as it is so appropriate and cute - what a transformation!! Delighted you enjoyed making it :-)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

Suzie- Thank you for the inspiration.. it was your idea and it was genius! It took no time to cover one of these cases with the bling and look how cute it fact, I did 2 of them!! I need to get one of these to you somehow. Thank you for linking to your hubs, for all the votes and shares.. I really appreciate it :)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 29, 2013:

Hi Jamie!!

WOW . . .You did an AWESOME job, so glad I mentioned it to you, no better woman for the job!! I want one now!! Lovin it and will be linking in to my lippy hubs and also my new one When should you throw your makeup out. Thanks sooooo much for the lovely mention, the fact you made it up is truly special and amazing to see it come to life. This is getting all the votes, shares and pins possible - Many thanks and fantastic job!! A real money spinner if you sold them!!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

kashmir56- Thank you for the votes up and for your continued support. I hope you are having an awesome day!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

kidscrafts- Thank you! I just love gluing rhinestones on things.. I'll cover just about anything with them. Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

carol7777- Thank you for the votes up and for the pin! I really appreciate all of your support here.. hope all is going well for you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

btrbell- Thank you :) I love learning new ways to use common everyday things... SuzieHQ is my inspiration for this hub.. she wrote a hub about diy layered lip gloss and had suggested an empty contact case to store it in and she is the one who actually came up with the idea to bling one up... I had about 5 empty cases laying around so thought it was a great idea. I'll put rhinestones on anything, LOL! Thank you so much for dropping by and for the votes up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 29, 2013:

Jackie Lynnley- You are welcome.. glad you enjoyed it! I have already tossed it into my purse in case I need to store small parts sometime. Thank you for stopping by!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on January 29, 2013:

Hi my friend, great ideas within this well written and explained hub !

Vote up and more !!!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on January 29, 2013:

Good idea! It shows that you just need creativity to transform something simple in something great with a lot of class!

carol stanley from Arizona on January 29, 2013:

Very cute. I love creative ideas for sometimes ordinary things. Great job as always...Love your creativity...Voting UP and pinning.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 28, 2013:

Great idea, Jamie! I love it! So cute! And I never thought about all those uses for a c/l case and I am an Optician! Go figure! Thank you! Voted up++ Randi

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 28, 2013:

Great idea and so cute. Could be used for so may things. Thanks! ^