This is a great DIY project for the eyewear obsessed. Instead of keeping all of your stylish shades and glasses in a pile on your dresser or tucked away in a drawer, why not display them proudly instead? This handy eyeglasses display not only keeps your eyewear organized, it also serves as a cool piece of wall art.
What You Need:
- Picture frame (we used a 16”x20” frame)
- Mat board or fitted pegboard
- Metal tacks
- Ribbon (approx. 18”-20” for larger frame)
What to Do:
Cut out your mat board or pegboard to fit inside the frame. Next, lay out your glasses to determine how many rows will fit in the frame.
To determine even placement of the rows, measure the length of the board from top to bottom and divide by the number of rows you’ll need for your glasses (we used 3 rows). Use a pencil to mark where the tacks will go. We used 1/4” margins around the edge of the board and 2.5” between each tack, but you can place them as close together or spread out as you want.
Hammer in the tacks on each row.
For each row, you’ll need to measure and cut ribbon adding 2”-3” of slack to allow enough ribbon to wrap around each tack and finally tie at each end. We began our ribbon tying with simple knots, but you can create fancy knots or bows to each end for added flare.
Hang your glasses on the ribbon.
Now your eyewear collection is ready for display!
Get ready for any New Year’s Eve shenanigans with a pair of festive and glittery 2017 glasses! Create these attention-getting specs with our simple steps below.
What You Need:
“2017” print out to stencil from
Adhesive glitter foam sheet
Glue gun w/ glue sticks
Glitter glue (optional)
What to Do:
Step 1: Measure the width of the top part of the glasses and print out block numbers that are approximately the same width. With scissors or an X-Acto knife, cut out the numbers to use as your stencil for the glitter foam sheet.
Step 2: Place your numbers backwards on the adhesive side of the foam sheet. Use the X-Acto to carefully cut out your numbers.
Step 3: To stick the numbers to your glasses, cut or tear off a portion of the adhesive backing. Make sure you spread the numbers out to meet the width of your glasses. For added funk, mix up the height of the numbers or stick them on slightly askew.
Step 4: Now you’re ready to party! For added flair, you can add wings or other embellishments, or outline the frame with more glitter using glitter glue.
The #Zenniroadtrip made steady progress across the Western U.S. and after a successful stop in Colorado, we found ourselves in Phoenix, Arizona. From downtown Phoenix and Arcadia to Scottsdale and Tempe, we roamed this sprawling desert city to bring you our highlights in our second installment of Zenni’s City Guides. So if you’re looking for where to stay in Phoenix, what to do, where to eat, or perhaps an adventure of your own, look no further! We’ve got you covered and don’t forget to bring those Zenni shades–it gets hot under the desert sun!
Where to Stay in Phoenix
For authentic Arizona charm with the elegant touches of a Spanish hacienda, check into The Hermosa Inn. Built in the 1930s, this boutique property is nestled in the quiet enclave of Paradise Valley, a private neighborhood next to Scottsdale. With lush grounds covering six sprawling acres of Sonoran desert, an incredible backdrop of the Camelback mountains, and a fantastic on-site restaurant, you won’t want to leave this desert hideaway!
While the hotel offers 34 hacienda-style rooms, splurge on a ‘deluxe’ casita room if you can. Their private patios, in-room fireplaces, retractable skylights, and old-fashioned clawfoot soaking tubs, make this option a no brainer. Zenni insider tip: check out the hotel’s website for online deals. You can find great specials if you book direct such as getting a night’s stay for free.
If you end up staying at The Hermosa Inn or dining at their restaurant, Lon’s, be sure to take a private tour of library and the wine cellar. As you descend down a secret staircase behind a locked gate, you’ll enter a cavernous wine-filled space. Temperatures drop drastically and you’ll be instantly transported back in time.
Where to Eat
Wondering where to eat in Phoenix? In a sprawling city filled with so many choices, we made it our mission to find cool local spots and neighborhood eateries that give the city its character and charm.
When you think of restaurants in Phoenix, your first thought might not be a hidden neighborhood gem located in the historic Coronado district. However on an unassuming block in central Phoenix, lined with quaint homes, lies Tuck Shop. This mid-century modern style restaurant, complete with vintage 1960s living room and signature gin martinis, serves up gourmet versions of unpretentious, American comfort food. Highlights include the chicken and waffles, Pine Arizona spiced steak, and mac and cheese. With its relaxed atmosphere, local charm, and delicious offerings, Tuck Shop is the place to go for the real-deal Phoenix vibe.
The Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix is home to a number of hip bars, businesses, and restaurants. This vibrant and thriving neighborhood community began its transition to cool with the addition of local haunts such as the original Postino wine cafe. With its can’t-miss yellow exterior, funky artwork (we tried to go home with a David Bowie painting), and shaded outdoor patio, by the time happy hour rolls around on any given day, Postino is the place to be! Housed in Arcadia’s restored 1950s-era post office building, this delightfully, colorful open-air space features Italian eats, small plates, and one amazing wine list. Locally grown, rustic fare – think bruschetta, paninis, and fresh seasonal salads – paired with a Spanish Tempranillo or Argentinean Malbec makes this spot a definitive winner.
Where to Drink
Due to the high desert temperatures, Phoenix is a city that comes to life after dark. Once the sun sets and it finally begins to cool down, the bars heat up. From local dives and campus bars to the glitzy Scottsdale scene, we checked some of the city’s hippest watering holes.
For a fun escape with a nod to tropical nostalgia, head over to Arcadia to check out Under Tow. Inspired by tiki bars that were once popular in Arizona circa the ’50s and ’60s, Under Tow is a throwback to a different time. Part clipper ship, part Polynesian dream, this underground bar located underneath Sip Coffee will transport you into a different world. Enjoy tiki-inspired drinks, such as the Dutchman’s Demise or the Smoking Cannon, and Asian-themed bites. You won’t be disappointed. This one is on our can’t miss list.
In downtown Phoenix, inside the historic 1920s-era Luhrs building, resides Bitter & Twisted cocktail bar. This stylish haunt was once home to Arizona’s Prohibition Department, so naturally it would make sense they now serve up some of the city’s best collection of craft cocktails. With five types of house-made ice, a 34-page cocktail menu, and drinks like the Deadman Oaxacan, you won’t run out of options to choose from at this elegant lounge. Enjoy handcrafted bites by Hong Kong-born chef, Bob Tam (we recommended the pork belly buns), as you drink the night away.
What to Do in Phoenix
If you’re a sports fan, you’ll know that baseball’s Spring Training is a classic American tradition and a great family-friendly outing. Since 1947, Arizona has been the home to some of Major League baseball’s top teams such as the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the pre-season, baseball lovers can enjoy America’s pastime in and around the Phoenix area. Take advantage of this opportunity on your next spring trip to Phoenix.
Nature lover? Check out the gorgeous desert landscape and hike one of the scenic trails at Camelback Mountain. Conveniently located in between Arcadia and Paradise Valley (basically smack dab in the middle of Phoenix), this mountain range is famous for its rock climbing, red sandstone formations, and incredible sunsets. And if a strenuous hike isn’t your thing, Camelback makes for an equally great photo opp from afar. We recommend the Praying Monk, a 100-ft tall rock formation, which is a Phoenix landmark.
Seeking culture and artistic inspiration? You’re in luck! Phoenix has a variety of museums to choose from featuring a range of interesting topics. And what better way to cool down from the high desert heat than spending some time in an air conditioned room soaking in some culture? From the renowned Heard Museum, where the focus is on American Indian art and history, to the Phoenix Art Museum, which boasts an impressive collection of pieces including works by Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Zenni travel tip: they also showcase high-fashion exhibitions at the Arizona Costume Institute located inside the museum if couture is your thing.
Got time? Take a day trip to Sedona. The drive is around two hours each way and well worth it. Sedona’s rock formations are legendary and breathtaking. Once there, you can hike to Cathedral Rock, explore the local galleries, relax at a spa, and zen out. Keep posted for our upcoming blog on our #Zenniroadtrip to Sedona!
Check back soon as our next Zenni City Guide features the sunny streets of Los Angeles.
What are your go-to spots in Phoenix? Tell us all about them in the comments below!
This is a great DIY project for the eyewear obsessed. Instead of keeping all of your stylish shades and glasses in a pile on your dresser or tucked away in a drawer, why not display them proudly instead? This handy eyeglasses display not only keeps … [Read more]
Get ready for any New Year’s Eve shenanigans with a pair of festive and glittery 2017 glasses! Create these attention-getting specs with our simple steps below. What You Need: Glasses Pencil Scissors X-Acto knife Ruler “2017” print … [Read more]
The #Zenniroadtrip made steady progress across the Western U.S. and after a successful stop in Colorado, we found ourselves in Phoenix, Arizona. From downtown Phoenix and Arcadia to Scottsdale and Tempe, we roamed this sprawling desert city to bring … [Read more]