DIY Steampunk Goggles On A Dollar Tree Budget

Think Steampunk outfit and you usually picture a pair of Victorian-era metallic steam punk goggles, but who can afford them? You can! I’ll show you how to DIY and make your own goggles for cheap! All you need are some orange juice cans, and a trip to Dollar Tree!

DIY Steampunk Goggles On A Dollar Tree Budget

DIY Steampunk Goggles On A Dollar Tree Budget

I tried to keep it cheap and simple. However, since I already had the paint on hand and orange juice in the freezer, the Dollar Tree items and belt were my only expense.

Steampunk Goggles -What You Need:

2 frozen orange juice cans


  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray Paint, Gold and Silver recommended
  • Wire cutters, optional

Dollar Tree Shopping List:

  • Safety Goggles
  • Transparent Colorful Folder Dividers
  • Party Tiaras
  • reading glasses
  • gold thumbtacks
  • masking tape/painter’s tape (if not on-hand)

Grocery Store/Your Freezer:

  • Two (2) Frozen Juice containers (see Lessons Learned for other object that may work)

Recommended, not required

Before You Begin

Read the Lessons Learned section…no joke!

Kids: Ask a parent, adult or guardian to assist you! We are using paint, knives, hot glue and more, so do not try this at home!!!!

Play it safe! Since we are using spray paint, safety goggles and mask are recommended (yes, get a second pair of goggles if you don’t already have some).

These are not protective eyewear! While they start off as protective goggles, by the time we are done they will be of no use protecting your eyes. So please use proper safety goggles to protect yourself, not those from this tutorial.

Continuous Improvement: This post is always in progress, as I am continually adding ideas from folks who share their experiences in the comment section. Please leave a comment and I’d love to share your pics of the finished goggles!

Send in pics! Leave a comment if you have pics and I will email you. Or hit me up via the Contact form, either way, I will be in touch to add your pics to the Gallery!

Steampunk Goggles Preparation

1. First, drink up the Orange Juice –  it is good for you and you look a little pale. Now, keep the containers AND the lids. These will be your lenses.

Note: Though tempting, don’t hot glue anything until after we spray paint!

two orange jucie contaners

2. Determine how long the juice can lenses should be. The longer they are the more gravity will try to separate them from the goggles. I went with about 2″ which is about two rows around the can of painter’s tape. I used the tape to give me a straight edge line for the next step. Keep in mind, we’re keeping the part of the can with the opening at the top.

You could make them of unequal lengths, just to add to the steampunkery of it all.

Juice can with tape aroud

Juice can with tape around it

3. Use a permanent marker to draw a line around the can, using your tape as a guide. We’ll be cutting along this with an x-acto knife.

Draw a line around the taped border, this will be your cutting guide

4. Cut around the border, and be careful! I cut my finger at least once on this step (and once is all that I will admit to). Once finished you will have the barrels, or lenses for your goggles.

5. Next, cut out the center of the orange juice lids. This will be the borders for each lens.

Juice Cap with center cut out

Juice Cap with center cut out

 6. Using one of the color divider tabs, cut a circle to fit in the juice cap. This will be the lens color visible to others when you sport your goggles, so pick a Steampunk color (I went with yellow).

Juice lid with color lens

Juice lid with color lens

6 a. I also popped out the safety goggles lens and used the divider to cut a yellow piece to lay over it. However, this was a step that wasn’t actually needed. This will never show, and only makes it harder to see out of the goggles (since you now have to look through 2 levels of yellow!). Skip this step!

Cutting the yellow lens for the Goggles (skip this step)

Cutting the yellow lens for the Goggles (skip this step)

7. Optional Lens: Parmesan Cheese lid. We had a lid from a generic Parmesan cheese shaker leftover from another project. This just looked really cool to me, so I cut off the snap-close flaps and made this my second goggle lens cover. I debated leaving one of the flaps on, but decided it looked 20% cooler without it. You could make the lenses different colors for this. I went with red and yellow. You will need to cut your color lenses to fit.

parmesan cheese lid, with color lenses

Parmesan cheese lid, with color lenses, flaps not yet removed.

8. Place your lenses on the goggles for positioning. Make sure the ends of the juice cans are level against the goggle lens. We will be hot gluing this on later, so we want to be sure it is fairly level and doesn’t wobble.

Lenses on Safety Goggles

Lenses on Safety Goggles

9. Paint! Determine the color of the lens holders, the lens barrels and the goggles. I went with Silver and Gold. Tape up the parts that will be one color, paint, then let dry. Pull off tape, then tape up the other colors. Rinse, repeat.

assorted parts with masking tape preparing for spray paint

Prepare to paint

silver parts pray painted

All things silver

gold sections with paint

Good as gold

10. Let the paint dry, this could take a while. Leave it outside on a warm day to speed the process. Notice how the barrels are both gold and silver. Also note the painted stripe down the middle of the goggle lens – this was added so no one could see your face between the lens barrels.

all sections painted

Painting completed – lookin’ good!

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Optional Step

11. I chose to replace the elastic band on goggles with a Belt Strap. But, if you want to save a few bucks, there is no need to add a leather belt strap. The goggles come with an elastic band which works perfectly well.

However, I wanted to go all the way here! I went to a Thrift Shop and found a $2.99 super-skinny belt that was a perfect fit for the slots used by the elastic strap.

Thrift Store belt

Thrift Store belt

11 a. Cut the belt in the middle, put the ends through the slots, adjust to your head (yes, put it on), leave some wiggle room and be sure the belt buckle is at the back of your head.

Belt Strap optional

Belt Strap optional

11 b. Be sure to devise a way to connect the ends to the strap so it stays secure. I had a leather punch and some grommets and (very poorly) used those tools to make the belt a little more fancy.

Note: put the belt through the slots before you set the grommets, otherwise you will never be able to feed it through!

Belt with grommets via leather punch

Belt with grommets via leather punch

Belt through straps with grommets

Belt through straps with grommets

The grommet on the end of the belt is purely cosmetic, it can never be used for adjustments.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. I found these tools in my grandfather’s garage and since he has passed away, I had to guess as to how this tool worked.

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End of Optional Step

12. Add rivet holes. Actually, we will be using the gold thumb tacks to simulate rivets on the lens caps. So, we need to drill a series of tiny holes around each cap. Use wire cutters to snip a portion of the pointy peg off the tacks. We need some peg to put in the drilled holes.

Lens caps with holes drilled in sides

Lens caps drilled and ready for rivets

12 a. OR you could snip the entire pointy peg off the thumbtacks so all you have it the flat top, then hot glue the tops into place.

Snipping a tack

Snipping a tack with wire cutters

I found putting the tacks in the holes provided greater accuracy, but if you prefer not to deal with a drill,  this works for most folks.

12. Glue things in place. First, hot glue the thumbtack rivets into place on the lens caps and let dry.

13. Next, glue the color lenses inside both lens caps. Do NOT use hot glue for this, it will melt the color lenses.

Lens with glue inside

Rivets in place, ready to glue lenses!

14. Once dried, hot glue the lens caps onto the barrels.
(sorry forgot to take pics of this step)

15. Once lens caps are dried, hot glue the lens barrels onto the safety goggles.

(sorry yet again forgot to take pics of this step)

16. Adding texture is key to making these Steampunk goggles look awesome. So for a nice textured border to the lenses, I used these Dollar Tree tiaras.

party tiaras

Princess Time!

17. Just cut out a portion and fitted it to the goggles and pushed a tack through it, into once of the many vent holes on the safety goggles and hot glued it down on the underside.

Lens border from a tiara

Lens border from a tiara

tacks added to top

Top Tacks holding tiara in place

Also notice the “trade show badge” clasp attached in the center. You probably have dozens of badge holders. Just rip off the clamp and secure it to the top center of your goggles. We will use this for the next step.

18. I really liked the jeweler’s loupe sets I’ve seen on Steam Punk goggles, before so I made my own from a pair of Dollar Tree glasses. Just snip off both sidesthe nose-piece and you are set!

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Lens border in place

Loupe in place, and Tiara Lens border attached.

19. Note in the image above that I secured the belt strap to itself via some bolts attached on each side of the belt through the grommets.

20. At this point, your goggles are probably nearly completed. You will want to add your own customizations to them, I am sure you will  go way beyond what I’ve shown you here.

Final Steampunk goggles, side view

Final Steampunk goggles, side view

Final Steampunk goggles, front view

Final Steampunk goggles, front view

Final Steampunk goggles, front view. close

Final Steampunk goggles, front view. close

DIY Steampunk Goggles – Lessons Learned

Spray paint may turn “tacky.” I went with premium Rustoleum metallic, but it was on a very, very hot day and I let it dry for several hours. For a few months the gold paint did great, but when I stored the goggles in the garage, the gold paint got tacky, or sticky to the touch. Not sure if that had to do with the quality of the goggles (I mean it WAS from Dollar Tree) or the metallic paint.

If I were to do it again, I think I’d avoid spray paint. Folks have reported great luck with “antiquing paint” also called “distress paint” used on lots of crafts for ring boxes and mosaic designs. You know, that paint dusting that looks like weathered metal.

Take Your Time. This is at least an all-day project, probably two (so the paint can dry). Give it your best but don’t do it all at once, burn out can ruin a DIY faster than anything.

Juice Cans Alternatives…because Juice Cans Do not Exist In Australia or England. Crazy but true, but Jess and Kimba have reported that plastic juice can are not available down under. Scarlet recommended Pringles cans and Hunorra said “The container is sturdy, and the lid is clear.”

Other options

  • Inexpensive ramekins (use the lids)
  • Beth suggested plastic milk jug caps
  • Magnetic spice container lids
  • Cheap containers for storing kitchen ingredients (flour, sugar, etc.).
  • Chicken bullion cans (suggested by Cathleen), Knorr makes a good size, probably others do too
  • Campbell’s Soup On the Go cans (suggested via Alexis)

If you have ideas from that part of the world, please leave a comment!

Lens coloring is from plastic notebook dividers. Someone asked and I said “What I used are nothing more than clear plastic 3-ring plastic notebook dividers (amazon link). You know, the kind with little tabs that you can separate sections with. They were from Dollar Tree in the section with school supplies.” Beth suggested window screening or plastic used in gallon milk or water jugs.

Thumbtack Safety tip. I was asked about the pointy parts of the thumbtacks possibly being a safety issue and yes, I suppose it could if you didn’t bend the back. I suggested “the thumbtacks are pushed through, then bent back. Like when you hammer a nail and miss, and it gets smashed sideways? So that way, the tacks are nowhere near your eyes. This also keeps the tacks secure (but you can dab some hot glue on them inside the lenses too to cover up the pointy part).”

Don’t Store Your Steampunk Goggles in the Garage During the Summer. At least not if you live in an area where the temperature gets in the upper 90-100s. Yeah, heat and things attached with hot glue don’t play well together. Don’t ask me how I know this :(

Super Tip from Alexis:

Check the pics below from Alexis, who did a great job and put her own spin on this tutorial. Here is how she did hers

“I spray painted brushed nickel and gold like your original set then I took waterproof brown and black ink with a stencil brush and swiped and brushed it on for a nice aged feel! It looks especially cool on the lense casing with black ink. Then I used antique gold Rub &Buff on the edges of everything for a coppery aged sheen!  Love that stuff! Then I used craft brads and gears attached right thru the vent holes in the goggles!” 

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Reader Steampunk Goggles Gallery

Inspired by Cathleen who used this tutorial and modified it, I thought it would be fun to feature your Steampunk Goggles right here! So when you’ve made your goggles, send it in via email to darren at or just leave a comment, and I will contact you. Enjoy!

Alexis’ Goggles

Alexis sent in her DIY Steampunk Goggles that she made for her brother for the 2015 Time Travelers Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire – thanks Alexis!

DIY Steampunk Goggles via Alexis, top view

DIY Steampunk Goggles via Alexis, top view

DIY Steampunk Goggles via Alexis, side view

Steampunk Goggles by Alexis, side view

Alexis, her brother (with his tutorial goggles) and a friend rockin' her tradis dress at the 2015 Time Travelers Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Alexis, her brother (with his tutorial goggles) and a friend rockin’ a TARDIS dress at the 2015 Time Travelers Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Alexis, her brother (with his tutorial goggles) and a friend rockin' her tradis dress at the 2015 Time Travelers Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Alexis’ brother looking handsome and steampunky by the TARDIS at the 2015 Time Travelers Weekend at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Alexis' brother sporting a completed tutoria pair of DIY Steampunk Goggles

Alexis’ brother sporting a completed tutoria pair of DIY Steampunk Goggles

Cathleen’s DIY Steampunk Goggles

Cathleen sent in her variation of our DIY Steampunk Goggles, using chicken bullion can lids instead of juice containers.

Before the Goggles go Steampunk, by Cathleen Meighan

Before the Goggles go Steampunk, by Cathleen

Goggles, Steampunk, by Cathleen Meighan

Goggles gone Steampunk, by Cathleen

Nerf Gun gone Steampunk, by Cathleen Meighan

Bonus: Nerf Gun gone Steampunk, by Cathleen

Greg’s Pringles Can Goggles

Though he had several challenges, Greg was able to use determination and Pringles Cans to complete his DIY Steampunk Goggles!

Greg's Pringles Can Goggles, front view

Greg’s Pringles Can Goggles, front view

Greg's Pringles Can Goggles, detailed view of front

Greg’s Pringles Can Goggles, detailed view of front

A view from the top of the DIY Steampunk Goggles

A view from the top, thanks for sharing these great pics Greg!

Greg's Pringles Can Goggles from the side

Greg’s Pringles Can Goggles from the side

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Share the Steampunk Goggles Tutorial on Pinterest!

I put this together because it is much more fun to share the full tutorial on Pinterest. So here’s a very brief rundown of the steps, perfect for pinning on Pinterest!

Steampunk Goggles on a Dollar Tree Budget via @DarrenWasHere

@DarrenWasHere presents Steampunk Goggles on a Dollar Tree Budget

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89 Responses to DIY Steampunk Goggles On A Dollar Tree Budget

  1. steve June 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    crafty bugger

  2. Megan June 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

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  3. Rachelle June 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Amazing. Thank you!!

    • Darren June 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Glad you liked it, Rachelle!

  4. Sydney Nicole Aguilar July 20, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Love it! This is absolutely amazing!

  5. Caz July 27, 2013 at 5:14 am #


  6. Jackie August 2, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    AWESOME! Great directions and great look.

    • Darren September 24, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks, Jackie. Did you make a pair? How did it go?

  7. Cindy August 24, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Sheer genius.

    • Darren September 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Glad you liked it Cindy. Be sure to pose a link if you make your own!

  8. Cathleen September 13, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    Amazing!!!!! Thank you for posting this! I didn’t have any OJ cans, but used 2 chicken bullion cans that had lids on them instead…making these for my youngest (14yr old girl)for our my sons annual costume party in October. She saw I had found the old school safety goggles & insisted I had bought the wrong item… (god forbid I should do anything right in this kids mind at her age….lol,) Stink eye was exchanged between the two of us, she rolled her eyes at me for the millionth time….& I went ahead & did the project… .& tada! A pair of steampunk goggles were made! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

    • Darren September 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Very clever using what you had (bullion cans) and adding your own spin on the paint job. I haven’t tried the copper accents, but that really made yours look very steampunk-ey!

      • carmel bar April 22, 2015 at 4:47 am #

        hi cathleen i was wondering what kind of material you used for the lenses? it looks amazing!

    • Connor March 26, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hey Cathleen, I just found these and really like your paint job for the goggles and the nerf gun. What paint did you use and how did you apply it/ get the multicolored effect?

  9. CoraMae September 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Thank you so much! I saw the title on google and said, “dollar tree budget… that’s ME!” I’m going to do this as soon as I can 😀

    • Darren September 21, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      So glad you liked it, CoraMae, please come back when finished and let us see your work!

      • tracy tolleson March 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

        How did you paint the gun ?

  10. Tasha Gibbs September 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    I will be making a pair of these very soon, one for me and one for my boyfriend. This is AWESOME! you are quite creative!

    • Darren October 6, 2013 at 12:03 am #

      Hi Tasha! Sorry for not responding, my blog tucked your comment away in the spam section (I’ve suitably chastised it for that). I hope you had success with your Steampunk Goggles!

  11. Nata-Janye September 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Question: if you cant find anything similar to the orange can things that you used what is a good alternative for the goggles? I’m just starting out and really into making things but Im not sure if Im going to find something similer to those cans. any ideas?

    • Darren September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Hi Nata-Janye,

      Yes, you can use other objects besides Juice Cans! Reader Cathleen said that she used ” 2 chicken bullion cans that had lids on them” for the goggles portion, and that turned out great!

      Be sure to let me know what you wind up using!

  12. Ali September 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Great DIY on a budget post and tutorial thanks. Already have the goggles, but it is giving me some great ideas for a gun and other props.

    • Darren October 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

      Ali, be sure and pop back by and let me know what you’ve created. I love hearing about how everyday objects can be re-purposed!

  13. Stacey October 5, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Awesome Project! I made two pairs of goggles, the only problem I had, was my containers were bigger than the goggles but I worked around it. I used welches, and another brand from Krogers.
    Thank you so much for this DYI!

    • Darren October 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

      That sounds like a great modification of the Steampunk Goggles tutorial, Stacey! Be sure and send a few pics so we can share your work!

  14. Kimba October 18, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    These look amazing! I totally want to give them a try. Going to have to find alternatives for orange juice cans though coz I don’t think they’re sold in Australia. :/
    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Darren October 18, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Kimba,

      There are no juice cans in Australia? How do you make frozen juice? I am very curious now!

      I’d think you could make the goggles from the Parmesan cheese containers (one less thing to glue, too!). Look for maybe some inexpensive ramekins?

      If you have a thrift store, dollar store (what are those called Down Under?), or inexpensive department store, look for containers for storing kitchen ingredients (flour, sugar, etc.).

      Be sure to drop back by and let us know how it went (and I will want a pic too!!!).


  15. Kimba October 19, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Nope no juice cans we have sunny boys or we just make homemade ice blocks. Our dollar stores are the Reject shop. Lol. Might have to have a shop around and see what I can find. I have to add it my long list of craft projects though. XD
    Will definitely send you a pic when I do it. :)

    • Darren October 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Well Kimba, I hope you find something that works. But I do find the idea of a “reject shop” very interesting. Drop back by and let us know what you wound up with!

  16. Katie October 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Brilliant tutorial! Thank you! I had already purchased swim goggles and a few other items for embellishment at our Dollar Tree before I found your post, so I’m glad to see that I wasn’t too far off with my concept for DIY. But I wasn’t pleased about the shape of the lenses on the swim goggles (they’re more like the safety goggles). I wanted the round…it didn’t occur to me to use the orange juice cans or parmesan cheese canisters! I was looking at toilet paper or paper towel rolls, but the diameter seemed too small. I’m attempting to make 4 steampunk goggles for our family Halloween costume (we’re going as Steampunk Robot Skeletons). I’ll be sure to let you know how our goggles turn out. Thanks again!

    • Darren October 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      Awesome, Katie! I love the idea of Robot Skeletons as is, but adding Steampunk to it? WINNING!
      Please be sure to email me some pics (darren atsymbol and I’ll add them to the gallery!

  17. K.G. Hasty November 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Wowzers!! You are a geeeenius and your goggles are beautiful!! In the process of making mine right now for a Mad Max type music video shoot next week!! Thank you, oh thank you, you crafty crafty fool! (Fool in the utmost highest respectus terminologous, of course). 😀

    • Darren November 8, 2013 at 12:01 am #

      I’ll allow “crafty fool,” I’ve certainly been called worse, and this time, it is a compliment. :) OK then, K.G., I want you to email me a pic so we can add it to our gallery!

  18. Caleb January 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    This did not work

    • Darren January 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Caleb, can you be more specific? Maybe I can help.

  19. Terry Marsh January 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Darren, I found this tutorial a couple of weeks ago and thought it was absolutely awesome. Have been shopping for the required parts, the dollar tree goggles are narrower than those I had already so will be ideal for the base. I do have one question, what paint did you use? I have used Rustoleum on the goggles but after several hours the paint is still tacky. It does say that it is suitable for plastic, so not sure what the deal is there. Not painted any other parts yet, so if you can give me an idea on the paint you used it would be appreciated

    • Darren January 25, 2014 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Terry,

      Thanks for asking. Used premium Rustoleum metallic, but it was on a very, very hot day and I let it dry for several hours.

      If I were to do it again, I think I’d avoid spray paint. While faster and easier, it does take a long time. I’d probably investigate the hand paint used on lots of crafts for ring boxes and mossaic designs, you, that paint dusting that looks like weathered metal.

      Hope this helps, and please email me a pic of your results at Darren (at) Darren was here dot com!

  20. Sora the wannabe steampunk Queen February 22, 2014 at 6:45 am #


    YOU brilliant crafty soul! I love to scrounge around thrift stores and combine elements to make things. Re-crafting/re-purposing/re-giving it love! Thanks for coming up with a thrifty way to make these. I’ve been going to Lowe’s getting mind blown, and walking out. Ha Ha. Anyhow, thanks, for making it simple and nice for people to easily embellish on our own and not spending a small fortune! Great ideas YOU.

    • Darren February 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      Sora, be sure to come back and share a link to your creation! Glad you are inspired!

  21. Jess c: March 4, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Hey there,
    Looks like a really creative way to make these goggles :3
    However, they don’t sell juice cans in England…. what even is a juice can? :”)
    Any ideas on how I can do this for my Harley Quinn cosplay?
    Thank you

    • Darren March 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

      Hmmm, I heard the same thing about juice cans from a reader in Australia. Had no idea.

      Well, Jess, can you post a link to a pic of the character’s costume? Maybe I can think of something!

      • Scarlet November 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        Use Pringles cans! They work just as well 😀

        • Darren November 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

          Pringles cans! Great idea Scarlet!!

  22. Austin March 13, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Hey Darren, I’m really intrigued by this DIY project, and hope to do it myself, but I felt like your instructions for attaching the trade show badge clasp and reading glasses were a bit unclear. Is there any way you could clear up what you’re supposed to do there? That would be amazing, thanks!

    • Darren March 13, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Sure Austin, let me take a look tonight and I will let you know!

    • Darren April 2, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      Austin, does this help? The clasp had a hole in it where the badge was attached, so I just put a screw (or a brad) in there to attach it to the side of the goggles.

      Steampunk Goggles Eyepiece close-up

  23. Chris April 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    I have a question. Did you hot glue the juice cans to the safety goggles frames or did you hot glue it to the lens?

    • Darren April 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Hi Chris – both, actually.

      I hot glued the cans to the edges of the goggles on the sides, and the lenses in the middle part.

  24. Kelli June 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    I think your DIY is brilliant! I’m actually going to use it for a cosplay. I was wondering: you said that you popped out the safety goggles lense, but in the pictures, I can’t tell if the lense is still there or not. In the final product, will the safety goggle lense be on there?

    • Darren June 3, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      Hi Kelli!

      Be sure to come back and share your pics!

      As for the lenses, I had popped them out, but I think I put them back and cut the clear yellow file folder to match the size. I then laid that over them and put both back in the goggles. It was more sturdy to have the goggle’s lenses in there.

      Hope that helps!

  25. Tom June 23, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    hello Darren,
    I am definately thinking of making these goggles, because they are simply awesome! I was just wondering what the diameter of the cans is, as we dont have them where i live. so i hoped to get something like it to use!

    • Darren June 24, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      Hi Tom,

      I measure the cans and they are 2 3/4″ across (edge to edge). Does that help?

      Where do you live? Others have mentioned their countries don’t have these cans either, so I was curious.

  26. Theopatchra July 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Darren: I LOVE these! Such a simple and cheap steampunk craft that if done right does not look Chintzy at all. I will be making thses in a steampunk Dollar Tree costume challenge! The challenge is you can only use things from a store that all products are a dollar or less. Most people when they start out in steampunk the Dollartree is the first place they go. I was wondering do you have any other ideas on how you can make other steampunk stuff?

    • Darren July 25, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

      Hi Theopatchra,

      Thank you! Not sure what you’d use for the round parts on top of the safety goggles, but maybe you can find some little tupperware-type containers and rework them.

      Yes, we have worked on a few other projects, I just seem to run out of energy at night (my only free time to post). I can’t wait to show them, so I will have to carve out a day and just get down to it!

      Please come back and share your creation with a photo. You can email it to me and I will add it to the gallery (darren at darrenwashere dot com).

  27. Hunnora November 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Pringles. The container is sturdy, and the lid is clear. Haven’t tried it yet because I don’t eat pre packaged snacks anymore. Maybe I can get my kids to buy some…

    • Hunnora November 23, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      I am also going to look into if I can do the one way mirror thing for the lenses. That would be cool too.

      • Darren November 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

        Please come back and let us know how you did that, Hunnora. Sounds cool!

    • Darren November 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

      I think great minds are thinking alike on those Pringles cans.

  28. Lara Williams December 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to try it myself.

    • Darren December 23, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Laura, I want to see them! Please let me know when you’ve finished so we can post a pic or two. :)

  29. Lourdes March 6, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Where do I find colored the paper for colored lences?

    • Darren March 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

      Hey Lourdes,

      What I used are nothing more than clear plastic 3-ring binder dividers. You know, the kind with little tabs that you can separate sections with. They were from Dollar Tree in the section with school supplies. Hope that helps!

  30. Lottie March 8, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    I love this tutorial, but before I begin it, I have a few questions about the tacks. How secure are the tacks? Do they stick through into the inside if the goggles? Do they impair seeing out the goggles? And mainly, how close are they to your eyes? Thank you!

    • Darren March 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Hi Lottie,
      The thumbtacks are pushed through, then bent back. Like when you hammer a nail and miss, and it gets smashed sideways? So that way, the tacks are nowhere near your eyes. This also keeps the tacks secure (but you can dab some hot glue on them inside the lenses too). Does that help?

  31. Beth March 10, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    love this! have you thought about using window screening in place of the yellow plastic another free embellishment idea is that little ring the top of a milk gallon after you brake away the cap if you take it off and flip it inside out it has a gear like notches. Just a few ideas for you and your readers :)

    • Darren March 10, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks, Beth!

      I especially like the milk gallon cap thing you mentioned. Great ideas, now come back and share pics of your goggles!!!

  32. Laura April 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi! Great tutorial!

    Question: in the past, when I’ve tried to spray paint swim/safety goggles, the pain stays in a permanent state of tacky and never really ‘dries’ – what kind of spray paint did you use? I’ve tried the ‘safe for plastic’ stuff and get the same result…


    • Darren May 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

      You are right, Laura. I think I updated the post regarding this. The paint seemed dry for a while, but maybe a few weeks later it became “tacky” just as you described.

      I think using distress paint would be the way to go next time.

  33. Alexis September 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Darren! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! I made a killer pair of goggles for my brother for an upcoming Ren Faire for Time Travelers Weekend! I’d love to share a pic of the finished project!

    • Darren September 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi Alexis,

      That is awesome! I’ll send you a note so you can forward me the pic(s). Can’t wait!!!

  34. Austin G. September 26, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Hey Darren. First of, I want to thank you. With this, I saved so much money. Making a pair that looks half as good or better than most that can go for hundreds of dollars for half that price? Genius. Secondly, I prefer using Campbell’s On the go soup cups for the lens barrels. I cut them at different lengths to give it a more steampunky (is that a word?) aesthetic. I also had some old watch gears and hardware I glued to it. Just in time for Halloween. :) I’m so glad I found this.

    • Darren September 27, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      I like the idea of disposable soup cans for the eye barrels! Be sure to send in some pix so we can all see your take on the streampunk goggles!

  35. bridgette September 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Upon finding this post I promptly put it aside for later discection. Intending to improve my own design for my “Minion Goggles”. Normally I guard my craft secrets till death…That said, I’m going to figuratively poke ya’ll in the eye. 1st for not wearing eye protection, 2nd for having tunnel vision. (pun unavoidable)

    Like some of my best designs, my inspiration appeared before I knew that I needed Minion Goggles. I was staring at my take-out soup bowl from Panera. The almost clear plastic lid has a raised rim around the face appx.3/8″ wide with maybe 5 dots on the raised border. The 1/4″ polka-dots were spaced evenly and looked like Faux rivets on the face of the lid.

    While nibbling on lunch my imagination took off… I need 2 disposable soup bowls stapled to each other side by side, shaped a bit to fit my face like goggles. Cut out only the center of the lid (so l can see out) leaving the rim & faux rivets on the face intact. Paint it all grey or silver, staple a 1.5″ black elastic strap to the sides. Later I used scraps from my 3 hole punch to enhance the look of the rivets.

    So, the fit is awkward, my minion goggles look better on the table, after all they’re supposed to be huge. The plastic Dollar Store base is a great idea, but works best for the ‘Steampunk’ design.

    Later I located some clear, flat transparent packaging big enough to cut 2 circles I plan to glue that inside of the lids/lens of my goggles Not sure how good the view from inside will be o_0 eek!

    I love the monacle idea, I would add multiples and use colored ‘alcohol ink’ by Ranger on the lenses. Find alcohol ink at the craft store or ebay, but that triples your price. .a Copic marker would work nicely too. Sorry so long. A picture is worth a thousand words..but they’re in storage some where…okay. I’ll look for them..Halloween approaches.. ttfn

    • Darren September 29, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

      Hi Bridgette,

      You know, that is a good point. Since we are dealing spray paint, a mask and (a second pair of) safety goggles would be advisable. I think I will add a note about that.

      I’ll send you an email and if you ever dig up your Minion Goggles, you can reply with a pic. I’ll gladly post the pic.

      I have thought this would be mod-able for Minion goggles. But the I found something better at Dollar Tree – magnetic spice containers! I g

  36. tyler fentress September 29, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    i made some daft punk minion cosplay for phoenix comicon this was an awesome tutorial

  37. Greg Porath October 15, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    I had a few problems making mine. The first was the goggles that they sell at my dollar store are A LOT flimsier than yours look. The lids for the juice cans didn’t want to go back on, so I glued the crap out of them. How do you avoid glue strings? I had some everywhere. And the paint peals off with any excess glue. But they look cool after everything.

    • Darren October 23, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

      Thanks for the tips, Greg! And for the photos for the gallery!!!

    • Greg October 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

      One of the things I found was that the dollar store safety goggles were too small for my face. I went with the 3M goggles from Wal-mart. They cost a little more, but not a lot. That caused a problem with the juice cans being a little too small, so I went with the pringles cans to cover more space. I also learned to put all the small pieces together before putting the goggles together. I ended up doing some re-attaching. Especially doing the rivets. These are heavy though, be prepared for that.

      The strap in the pictures was a leather accent from Micheals. It looked good, but wasn’t adjustable. I replaced it with a woman’s belt like in Darren’s original design. It works well and is adjustable. Even with my changes, the total cost for this build was still pretty low. The paint was the big cost for me, I didn’t have any to begin with, so I had to get that. But the other pieces were still under twenty dollars. Next time I don’t think I’ll use hot glue, maybe JB Weld quickset. Or Jeweler’s glue. Hot glue sets quick, but those strings kill me. I did notice that the spray paint gets tacky. If I can find some, next time I might use the stuff specifically for plastic, not spray paint that ALSO works for plastic. Or maybe put a layer of clear coat on after the paint sets.

      Oh, one more thing. If possible, pop the lens out of the safety goggles before painting them. Otherwise tape the crap out of them. The one place that the paint didn’t want to come off of was the plastic lens from my first try. Taking that out made painting so much easier. Good luck and good crafting!

  38. izze October 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    when you say lenses do you mean the lids of the juice cans? also which order did you glue the things to the goggles? Was it goggles, then juice cans, then can lids/lenses and then the parmesan cheese lid? this looks so cool and I’m doing it for halloween…

    • Greg October 26, 2015 at 12:14 am #

      I mean the plastic on the safety goggles. If that can come out, painting is a lot easier. Get everything you want done to the cans before you glue them on. Get the rivets, accents, as much as you can. At least that made it easier for me.

  39. Finnly October 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    I looked at Dollarama, home-depot and Home hardware but couldn’t find the safety goggles. Does anyone know an alternative? Thx

    • Darren October 29, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

      Hey Finnly, I found goggles for $3 on the Home Depot Website. Search for “safety goggles” and then on the results, see if they have them in your store. If so, you can buy them and have them waiting for you. Hope this helps!!!

      • Greg October 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm #

        Walmart in the paint department. The 3M goggles are what I used, And you can paint the air vents to give nice accents.

  40. Jen Mcadam June 26, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Made a couple pairs. My son’s I use the big water face mask from swimming. Worked extremely well. Thank you so much for these directions. Jen

    • Darren July 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

      That swimming mask idea is great, Jen, very innovative!

  41. Jesse Osborne September 11, 2016 at 12:40 am #

    This tutorial is awesome. I’m still working on some steampunk goggles and this helped me out a lot.

    • Darren September 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

      I want to see them when you finish, Jesse! Email a few pics to darren a t darrenwashere dot com, and we’ll show ’em off!

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