Little girls adore the loveable Luna Lovegood character in the Harry Potter series. She's quirky and unique, with a fashion flair all her own. And, as a compassionate friend and artist, Luna makes the perfect role model for young ladies. Luna wears whimsy attire and carries a wand made of unknown wood which helps her perform her witchcraft trade. But it's her spectrespecs (glasses that make wrackspurts—invisible brain-boggling creatures—visible to the naked eye) that truly round out her... ensemble.
Making spectrespecs just like Luna's—for a party or Halloween costume—is simple and requires little more than a cutout template, scissors, and plastic wrap. Once the glasses are complete, your little one can pretend she's the authentic heroine in the Harry Potter movies.
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What You'll Need
You probably have the items needed for crafting your own Luna Lovegood spectrespecs lying around the house. Other than a few basic craft supplies, a computer and a printer will help you source and print an easy template.
- Spectrespecs print-out
- Craft scissors
- Card stock
- Blue plastic wrap
- Purple or pink plastic wrap
- Rubber cement or Elmer's glue
- Crayons or markers for decorating (optional)
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Print and Cut the Spectrespec Template
Download the provided spectrespec template and open the file on your computer. Adjust the size in your print preview pane so that your printout is sized just right for the wearer. (This may take a few tries in order to dial it in, so use scrap paper.)
Once you determine the correct size, load your printer with cardstock and print out your final template. For an authentic look, print the template on a piece of silver cardstock that you can purchase from an office store. Lastly, cut out all the parts of the glasses.
This is also a good time to decorate the right side of the spectacles, should you choose to do so.
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Make the Lenses
Take your two chosen colors of plastic wrap (blue and pink or purple and pink pair well) and cut one 2 1/2-inch circle from each color. Don't worry about making the edges of your circle perfect. The rough edge will be glued to the wrong side of the spectacle and be hidden.
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Glue the Lenses in Place
Place the frame of your glasses right side down on a table. Dab glue or rubber cement along the outside of the cutout lenses. Carefully press your plastic circles in place to cover the holes on the template.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Attach the Earpieces
Place a weight, like a book, on top of the glasses template. This will help affix the plastic lenses as well as keep the glasses in place while you put on the earpieces. Fold the tab on each earpiece along the perforated (dotted) line. Place glue or rubber cement on the wrong side of the fold and glue each earpiece in place onto the wrong side of the glasses.
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Fine Tune the Fit
Let the glue dry, and then place the glasses onto the face of the wearer. Adjust the fold on either side of the lenses to make sure the glasses sit straight on her face. Trim the earpieces so that each end curves around her ears. Then, ask her to shake her head while looking down to make sure the fit is just right. If the spectacles fall off, cut more of a curve into the earpiece so that they stay put.