DIY Blinged-Out Contact Lens 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, micro beads 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 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.
What You Need:
- empty contact lens case
- glue - my favorite glue for this type craft is E6000
- paint *optional*
The first thing I did to my case was paint 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 the 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.
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.
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 and then you are ready to start using your awesome blinged out contact lens case!
Thanks to a Fellow Author:
I want to say thank you to SuzieHQ for the idea and inspiration for this article! She writes a lot of DIY beauty articles and she had written one particular and awesome article about DIY layered lip gloss and mentioned using a contact lens case to store it in and I thought that was very clever. She actually mentioned something about a blinged-out contact case and so here it is!
Thank you, SuzieHQ :)