How to Make Scary Eye Halloween Decorations for Your Yard Display

Updated on November 14, 2019
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles. She makes prize-winning Halloween decorations and shows you how here.

This is one of my completed spooky eyeball decorations.
This is one of my completed spooky eyeball decorations. | Source

I made these two eyes for my Halloween yard display. They are very effective at scaring the children because they have to walk past them on their way to the door for trick-or-treating.

Materials Needed

  • Beach balls
  • Scrap paper
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint: black
  • Acrylic paint: green
  • Acrylic paint: white
  • Acrylic paint: blue
  • Spray varnish paint
  • 2 Mugs of all-purpose flour

Tools Needed

  • Compass
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrushes
  • Large brush for the glue
  • Saw
  • Heavy-duty glue
  • Basin
  • Scissors
  • Hand whisk

I use inflatable beachballs as starting points for my Halloween eye decorations.
I use inflatable beachballs as starting points for my Halloween eye decorations. | Source

DIY Eye Decorations for Halloween

I have given step by step-by-step instructions with plenty of my own photos to help you make your own spooky eye decorations for Halloween. These decorations can be made by kids or adults as they are very easy to make.

Instructions: How to Make Homemade Glue

I always make my own glue for these projects because it saves an awful lot of money. If you want, you can buy glue instead, but I recommend making your own because it is cheap and very effective.

  1. Take a basin and add three mugs of lukewarm water.
  2. Pour one mug of flour into the water while whisking it at the same time.
  3. Continue to whisk until all the flour has dissolved.
  4. Add the other mug of flour and do the same.
  5. Make sure there are no lumps in it.
  6. Leave for 30 minutes to set.

I use my homemade glue mixture to coat the inflated beachballs with newspaper. This process is very similar to paper maché.
I use my homemade glue mixture to coat the inflated beachballs with newspaper. This process is very similar to paper maché. | Source

How to Make Scary Halloween Eyes

  1. Blow up the beach balls as much as possible and click them shut.
  2. Add some glue around the opening to prevent the air from seeping out.
  3. Tear up lots of strips of the newspaper.
  4. Using the glue brush, generously apply glue to one of the strips.
  5. Place onto the ball.
  6. Continue to do this until the ball is completely covered.
  7. Do the same for the second ball.
  8. Allow to dry completely.
  9. Put an additional three layers on each ball, allowing each layer to dry completely.

I like to use a pencil in a compass to draw a perfect circle on my paper-covered ball. This circle will become the pupil of the eye.
I like to use a pencil in a compass to draw a perfect circle on my paper-covered ball. This circle will become the pupil of the eye. | Source

How to Paint the Eyes

  1. Paint the two balls white with acrylic paint, then allow to dry.
  2. Very carefully use a compass and pencil to make a circle at the top of the ball.
  3. Make another circle with the compass one inch smaller.
  4. Paint the resulting round road blue on one ball and green on the other.
  5. The large circle in the middle should then be painted black.
  6. Leave to dry completely.
  7. Now paint on some veins with red acyclic paint.
  8. Allow to dry completely.
  9. Spray the eyes with varnish
  10. Allow to dry completely.
  11. Spray the eyes again with varnish for added protection

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Once the two circles have been drawn, paint the space between blue, green, or whatever color you's like your eye to b e. Once the iris is painted, paint the interior circle black to create a pupil. These are my Halloween eye decorations after painting.
Once the two circles have been drawn, paint the space between blue, green, or whatever color you's like your eye to b e.
Once the two circles have been drawn, paint the space between blue, green, or whatever color you's like your eye to b e. | Source
Once the iris is painted, paint the interior circle black to create a pupil.
Once the iris is painted, paint the interior circle black to create a pupil. | Source
These are my Halloween eye decorations after painting.
These are my Halloween eye decorations after painting. | Source

How to Display Your Halloween Eye Decorations

You can not put the eyes out in your yard display until you have weighed them down. Otherwise, they will blow away. I used two pieces of heavy wood for the job.

  1. Cut out two piece of wood slightly bigger than the eyes.
  2. Use a heavy-duty glue to stick each eye to one of the pieces of wood.
  3. Allow to dry.

Halloween Yard Displays
Halloween Yard Displays | Source

How to Make Glue with Flour and Water

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More DIY Halloween Ideas

Here are the links to other DIY Halloween craft ideas that are fun to make. Each article includes step-by- step instructions and original process photos.

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