How to Make Your Own 3D Glasses

3-D Glasses
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Design Your Own 3-D Glasses

3-D Glasses
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Who doesn't love a great throwback craft? When you were a kid, you may remember sitting in a movie theater wearing a pair of red-and-blue glasses and watching in awe as the movie screen became three-dimensional before your eyes! The red/blue images you saw are called "anaglyph 3-D images" and they contain two different filtered images. When you wear your color-coded (red and cyan) glasses, the visual cortex of your brain fuses the image, creating the perception that you're looking at a 3-D image.

Now you can bring the magic to your own home with your kids. Making 3-D glasses is easy and only requires a few basic steps. When you are finished making them, try searching online for some 3-D pictures to test your glasses out on!

Gather Your Materials

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To make your 3-D glasses, you will need the following:

  • 3-D glasses template, printed on cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Plastic ziplock bag or red and cyan mylar/acetate sheets
  • Red and blue permanent markers
  • Glue dots
  • Tape
  • Craft supplies (tissue paper, glitter, craft paper, ribbon) to decorate

Print 3-D Glasses Template

3D glasses printable template
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Print out the 3-D glasses template. You can download this JPEG and print it at home on cardstock.

Note: If you use regular printer paper instead of cardstock, your 3-D glasses will not be sturdy enough to wear and enjoy.

Cut out Template

3-D Glasses
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Cut out the 3-D glasses template. If your child is making this craft and is under the age of seven, you may need to carefully supervise this step if he or she is not proficient at cutting paper.

Color Lenses on Ziplock Bag

3-D Glasses
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Using the lenses from the template as a guide, draw a rectangle on your ziplock bag with the red permanent marker. Color it in and then repeat ​with your blue permanent marker.

Cut out Lenses

3-D Glasses
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Use scissors to cut out the lenses you just colored in on the ziplock bag. If you are using colored mylar or acetate sheets, use the lenses as a guide to cut out rectangles for your glasses—you should have one blue (cyan) and one red one.

Glue or Tape the Lenses to the Template

3-D Glasses
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Use glue dots or tape to stick your lenses onto the back of your glasses. The red lens should be covering the left eye hole and the blue should be covering the right eye hole.

Tape on Arms

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Tape on the arms of the glasses that you cut out previously from the printed template. One arm goes on the left side, the other goes on the right side.

Fold and Tape Closed

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Fold the top part of the template over the lenses and use tape to seal it together. After this step, you can decorate the front of the 3-D glasses with craft supplies if you want (but be careful not to obscure the lenses). Get creative with your decorations by using glitter, ribbon, felt, tissue paper, or craft paper. Now go look online for 3-D pictures to test out your glasses!