How to Make Glowing Eyes for Halloween

Updated on September 4, 2019
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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 | Source

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 the glow in the dark eyeballs remind you of?

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What do you need to make glowing eyes?

Glowing Eyes Supplies
Glowing Eyes Supplies | Source
  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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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?

How easy do you think this is to do?

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Now for the Fun

Find places to scatter these about. Spooky eyes staring out at your guests—invited and uninvited.

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs in the Bathroom

Eyeballs in bathroom
Eyeballs in bathroom | Source

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 | Source

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?

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      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.

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      6 years ago

      Oh too cute! something so simple but totally cool!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      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.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      6 years ago from Europe

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

    • LiteraryMind profile imageAUTHOR

      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @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.

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      6 years ago

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

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      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

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

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

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


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