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DIY Goggle Tutorials

Goggles are a quintessential Steampunk fashion accessory, and luckily for us in the steam-o-sphere, there are a lot of nice people who have made tutorials about how to make your own. This way you get the satisfaction of creating something yourself and you can personalize your new piece of wearable art to go with the character and costume you have created. There is a wide range of materials and skill levels involved in these videos, but I bet you can find one or a mix of techniques, that would work for you! I have these videos in a vague sort of least-skilled to most-skilled order, starting with an easy modification (mod) and ending with more complex projects built from scratch. When I started looking for these tutorials I was really surprised by how many of them were based on taking an existing pair of goggles and adapting them. I had assumed the sweet oculars I’d been seeing were built from scratch, but it turns out it is easier than you might think to get a really cool finished product.

If you have already made your own set of goggles, I’d love to post a picture of them in my Gearhead Gallery at the end of DIY month on the blog! Send ’em to

Adapting Plastic Safety Goggles

Dollar Store Materials from Scratch

Easy Mod of Swim Goggles

Using Foam

Intense Mod of Diving Goggles

More Complex, Leather Optional

2 responses

  1. ichabod2014ic

    I have lots of homemade attempts at goggle construction, but they usually fall apart. 😦 This tutorial will be helpful for future attempts. Thanks, Phoebe!


    February 22, 2016 at 8:37 am

    • It sounds like you need a passing comet… lol. I am also looking forward to employing some of these techniques 🙂


      February 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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