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Soda Bottle Goggles

Protect your eyes from flying marshmallows during playtime.

Soda Bottle Goggles

Adapted from the original project by Howtoons on Instructables.

Mini marshmallows shot at high speeds can smack hard and even stick. These goggles will keep the fast-flying ’mallows from hitting your eyes and face.

NOTE: These goggles are intended for use with the Marshmallow Shooter to protect you from flying marshmallows. They are by no means intended to replace actual safety goggles in the workshop.



Step #1: Cut the bottle.

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  • Rip off the bottle’s label, then cut off the top and bottom of the bottle.
  • Carefully cut down the middle of the bottle, to make it a sheet of plastic.

Step #2: Make the goggles.

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  • Wrap the sheet around your or someone else’s face, and use a marker to outline and design your mask.
  • Cut 2 slits in each corner of the mask, and weave each end of the elastic band through the slits, going out of the inner slit to the front side, then back in through the outer slit. Adjust your mask, and it’s ready to wear.


This project first appeared in MAKE's School's Out! summer issue, page 23.



What happens when you take a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer? You get Howtoons. Our mission is to provide engaging content that teaches kids how to build things, combining instructions with storytelling. Howtoons has a foundation of science and engineering education, inspiring creativity through art and imagination.

The primary contributors to Howtoons are Nick Dragotta(comic artist), Saul Griffith(inventor), Ingrid Dragotta(toy designer), and Joost Bonsen(the big kid).


  • Lee Gibson

    You’re gonna use these things with a pole saw? And you’re calling other people idiots? Mmmmkay.

  • Rick A

    If the limb does fall on your head you would wish you were wearing actual safety glasses.

    Also I’m fairly certain soda bottle plastic is flammable and won’t withstand any length of abuse or cleaning. The loss of optical clarity and potential for the edges of the plastic sheet itself are a safety hazard.

    The main point here is that this project is neither a goggle nor safety rated. Thus should not be called a “safety goggle”

    If your doing any work that might have liquids or objects that may come towards your eye you should wear proper safety glasses.

  • Lee Gibson

    The introduction did not state stipulate that they only protect against marshmallows when I posted a few hours ago. It mentioned the marshmallow shooter, but not the stipulation that these are worse than useless for any other purpose.

    The URL still says “Soda-Bottle-Safety-Goggles”.

    The article on Lifehacker still calls them “safety goggles”.

    Still haven’t fixed the sharp edges of the cut soda bottle.

    Somebody help me understand why a trip to Home Depot and a box o’ cheap safety glasses is a worse idea than this.

    Come on, Make. I think you can do better than this.

  • Goli Mohammadi

    Lee, the original intro and summary both referred to marshmallows and playtime. If you don’t believe me, you can go to the History tab and see all revisions. I made the changes that I noted above for clarity. We do not control what Lifehacker posts or how they want to portray a project. Frankly, I wasn’t even aware it was posted up by them or that they framed these as actual safety glasses with no mention of marshmallows. The point was not to fashion yourself a pair of safety glasses to replace actual ones — it is meant as a fun playtime reuse projects for kids building the marshmallow shooter.

  • Lee Gibson

    If you’re happy with scratched corneas on your readers’ kids, well, I guess there’s nothing I can do to convince you.

  • Lee Gibson

    I can’t believe you’d put these on a kid.

    Plastic edges are sharp. Please be responsible.

  • Jack

    I’d like to revise the position I took above. This project was reblogged on a site aimed at grown-ups, where it was called “safety goggles.” It would be as stupid and irresponsible as I said to use these for woodworking, car repair, etc.

    However, they’re obviously fine for protection from marshmallows or squirt guns, and I think it would be a fun and perfectly appropriate project in that context.

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