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How to Make Your Own Harry Potter Glasses

Updated February 21, 2017

Harry Potter's glasses are one of his most distinctive characteristics. In the first book and film, his glasses are damaged by his cousin Dudley and he's left to wear broken glasses held by a simple piece of tape. His wire-rimmed glasses are later repaired by his friend Hermione, but the broken look of the glasses are somewhat essential to his look. If you're putting together a costume for a movie marathon, or for Halloween, make your own Harry Potter glasses for the complete look.

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  1. Print out the glasses template such as one available on the Making Friends website (see Resources) on a piece of paper.

  2. Cut out the template, include the eye holes, and the two pieces of the glasses frames.

  3. Lay the template pieces out on cardboard or card stock. Trace the template pieces in marker.

  4. Cut the pieces of the cardboard out. You can cut slightly more out of the model to give the glasses a sleeker look.

  5. Glue the template pieces to the front of the cardboard pieces. To make the glasses look more like plastic, use a glossy coat of paint.

  6. Glue a circle of cellophane to the back of the glasses, if you want to insert a lens into the glasses.

  7. Use masking tape to hold the bridge of the glasses together. Lay the two bridge pieces on top of each other, and wrap the tape around them.

  8. Fold the arms of the glasses at the point indicated on the template. The arms fold back just over the point where they begin to point out of the lenses. To remove the dotted line on the paper, draw over it in marker.

  9. Tip

    Most pharmacies or chemists have a display of prescription and non-prescription reading or sunglasses. If you can find a wire-rimmed pair with round lenses, you can purchase those and use them instead of making a pair out of cardboard. Bear in mind, however, that glasses with prescription lenses may hurt your eyes, so remove the lenses--or ask someone at the pharmacy or an optician to remove them for you.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glasses template (see Resources)
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Cardboard
  • Marker
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Cellophane
  • Paint (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Wire-rimmed reading glasses (optional)

About the Author

Grahame Turner

Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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