How to make 3D glasses

3D GLASSES: A step by step guide to making your very own pair

Unfortunately 3D specs don’t come cheap. I managed to find an entry level pair in the UK for R214. These do the job but don’t always offer the best results for your money. Far better to make a cheap pair for free! Here’s how to do it.

  1. 3D glassesYou’ll need some cardboard, some red and blue “gels” or cellophane (this is usually available at art and photography shops), a ruler, some scissors, a scalpel (or card cutting device) and a few blobs of glue (preferably contact).
  2. For the frames, fold the card in half and cut a rectangle as wide as your head. This should also be twice as deep as your eyes. When that’s sufficiently sliced, create some appropriately-sized eyeholes.
  3. Cut each gel into a square slightly larger than the eyeholes. You’ll also need to cut two long trips of card (about 2cm wide) for the frame’s arms.
  4. Open up the frames and glue the lenses on the inside – with the red lens on the right and the blue over the left eyehole. Glue about 1cm of each arm on the sides and seal like a sandwich.
  5. Fold and trim the arms and carve suitable shapes for your eyes and nose.
  6. Start watching 3D videos! Here’s a list of 3D YouTube videos.

Related post: How to create 3D YouTube videos

2 responses to “How to make 3D glasses

  1. Or you could just hang on to your pair the next time you visit the Gateway 3D theatre

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