Anyone remember that wonderful old song...Jeepers Creepers...for some reason it is one of those songs that has always stuck in my head. Kind of like Zippity-do-dah and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
When I wondered what the heck to do with all of the old eyeglasses grandpa and I seemed to be collecting, that song came to my mind…soooo of course that is what I call this project. Jeepers Peepers.
The eyeglass lens generally pops right out of the frame, which leaves you with a perfect little piece of glass which is all ready for decoupage.
Materials needed are:
Strong glue, such as E2000
Magazine or wrapping paper
Felt or acrylic paint ......and a little pair of hands!!!
A lens is a very small area so when you sit down to look through the magazine for images, or select a wrapping paper, be sure and remind the kids to look at how tiny an area they will be working on ….small images may be faces, pictures of toys, flowers or animals. When they find the perfect image cut it a little larger than the lens so it is less difficult for small hands to work with.
For this project the glue is easier to work with if you pour a small amount into a jar lid and use a paintbrush to apply the glue to the back of the lens. Once the lens is covered with glue place the part of the image that will show through the glass onto the glued area and press out air bubbles. Then apply a layer of glue,with a paintbrush or a finger, to the back of the image and let dry approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Once dry, trim the excess paper around the lens with a small pair of scissors. At this step you may simply paint the back with acrylic paint and let dry. The rowdies and I like to use felt. Lay the tiny masterpiece down on the felt and use a sharpie or a piece of chalk to draw an outline,cut this shape out of the felt.
Test it to see how close you came, you may want to trim it a little before you glue the felt to the back, or wait til it is dry and trim.
Spread a small amount of strong glue on top of the entire paper backing, press the felt firmly onto the glue. This stage will probably take a few hours to dry. At this point you may glue your pin back to the felt, again using the strong glue, or you may prefer to glue the pin back on after the felt layer has dried. Note: for the buffalo pin we tried slitting holes in the felt and inserting the pin back through it, we then glued the felt and pin back on at the same time. This method hides and secures the pin back, but is more difficult to operate the pin closure.
If you chose to paint the back apply the pin back with strong glue once the paint is dry. Helpful hint: place the pin back high on the lens rather than in the middle so the pin will not sag when worn.
I have made many different styles of these pins. When crafting with the grandkids this is a very simple way to make them. Sunday I will post a few additional ideas you may want to use for this project….I will also post some pictures of the Jeepers Peepers I have made.