How to Make X-Ray Glasses

    by Zeus Tyrone Mendoza

    About the Author

    Zeus Tyrone Mendoza is an award-winning and accomplished freelance writer from California. Mendoza has contributed works published in "Kerygma" magazine, "Philippine Star Newspaper," and the monthly newsletter for the world renowned GK Community Development Foundation. Mendoza holds a B.A. in English creative writing from California State University, Northridge.


    X-ray glasses have been a novelty item since the early 20th century. People usually use them as a comic gag, because wearing them normally doesn't actually bestow X-ray vision. In terms of novelty, you can use them as a cheap, corny joke to add extra laughs at a party or get-together. With just a few simple materials, you can have your own pair of X-ray glasses.

    Things You'll Need

    • Cardboard (preferably 1 square foot)
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Coloring markers

    Draw an outline of the glasses on a piece of cardboard, using a pencil. The main components you need to draw are the frames and the arms of the glasses. Each lens should be drawn with a big, dark spiral, which is the comedic trade mark of X-ray glasses.

    Cut out the design carefully with scissors. Use the pointed end of the scissors or a pencil to punch a 1/4-inch hole in the middle of each lens. It should be big enough for you to see through, but small enough to hide your eyes.

    Fold the arms of the glasses. These will be resting on your ears, so make sure the part touching your skin is smoothed out. Otherwise, you might get irritated skin from the rough cardboard rubbing on your ear.

    Color your glasses with markers. Make sure to draw over the spirals with black to emphasize the comedic gag of X-rays. There is no need to color the inside portion of the cardboard, since this will not be visible to others.