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How to Make Glowing Eyes for Halloween

Decorating and entertaining for special occasions gives me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas.

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyes for Halloween

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyes for Halloween

How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyes From Found Objects

Here's a great way to make a whole lot of spooky decorations for Halloween for very little money.

These little glowing eyes will be a spooky addition where ever to you put them. Who doesn't get the creeps when a bunch of eyeballs are staring at them from out of the dark? They take a few minutes of work and maybe several hours in total to complete if you add in drying time.

So quick, so easy, so inexpensive, so creepy!

Do the Glow-in-the-Dark Eyes Remind You of Anything?

I think they are spooky no matter what they look like, but when I look at them a certain way, they take on a personality.

What do you need to make glowing eyes?

Glowing Eyes Supplies

Glowing Eyes Supplies

  1. Something eye-shaped to paint. An in-depth note: You will need something to make into eyes. I used shells. I collected them a long time ago and never found anything to make out of them. Honestly, they were kind of blah, but they serve well for making glowing eyes. If you don't have shells use some smooth stones. Wood joiner biscuits would work well. They are what carpenters use to joint the wood pieces together. You can buy them in any store that sells lumber or carpenter supplies. One hundred of them cost under $10.00.
  2. A few paintbrushes—one large and one small should do it.
  3. 2 bottles of glow-in-the-dark paint—a light color for the eye and a darker one for the eyeball.
  4. 1 black Sharpie pen

First Step: Coat Object With Base Color

Apply Base Coat

Apply Base Coat

Lay down a protective covering, such as newspaper or cardboard. Arrange your shells, stones, or wood biscuits.

Using the larger brush apply a coat of the clear/white glow-in-the-dark background color.

Let it dry and then apply a second coat to make sure the whole item is covered.

Add the Eyeball in a Contrasting Color

Paint Eyeballs

Paint Eyeballs

After the base coats are dry, paint a roundish area in the darker glow-in-the-dark color. This will be your eyeball.

As you can see, I wasn't particularly neat or fastidious about making perfect circles. I think the imperfection adds to the spooky look.

Draw Pupils With a Black Sharpie

Draw pupils

Draw pupils

Outline the eyeball with your black Sharpie. Then put a big dot in the middle of the eyeball to make a pupil.

So, What's Your Confidence Level About Making Glowing Eyeballs?

I think this is super simple and super quick. But what do you think?

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs in the Bathroom

Eyeballs in bathroom

Eyeballs in bathroom

I have some light on these for purposes of showing where they are placed. I have them on my bathroom vanity.

I think it's a great idea to put them in the dark bathroom. As Halloween party guests go to use the facilities, they walk into the dark bathroom and see all these eyeballs glowing back at them.

The bathroom vanity in total darkness

Eyeballs in the Dark

Eyeballs in the Dark

Here's the same picture as above, but how it looks in total darkness.

I think these would look great all over your lawn, to greet trick or treaters. Maybe just stash a few in flower pots near your front entrance.

© 2013 Ellen Gregory

How many places can you think of putting these little eyeballs?

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 10, 2015:

With Halloween nearly here I must share this article with others.

It will be fun to make these glowing eyes.

Very interesting about the dark paint getting recharged, that it needs to absorb light to glow.

anonymous on October 05, 2013:

Oh too cute! something so simple but totally cool!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 21, 2013:

I love this DIY glowing eyeballs craft. We have a spooky window in our garage (old trap door to a now-unused coal bin) that we try to decorate with creepy eyes at Halloween. I have a big collection of shells and rocks that would work well to make these.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2013:

Many places and events as well. Kids will have a ball making these.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2013:

Many places and events as well. Kids will have a ball making these.

Erin Mellor from Europe on August 11, 2013:

Ha, these are really fun, and easy enough to make with little kids.

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on August 05, 2013:

@DLeighAlexander: The bathroom works out well. It's dark until someone goes in there. Then they turn on the light and the glow in the dark paint gets recharged. It needs a certain amount of light to absorb in order to glow.

DLeighAlexander on August 05, 2013:

Definitely would add a spooky effect! I like the idea of leaving them in the bathroom.

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on August 05, 2013:

Very cool. I guarantee these would freak out lots of little trick or treaters!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 05, 2013:

Fun idea. I should add this to my Haunted Houses Ideas lens.