How to Make Glowing 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 the glow in the dark eyeballs remind you of?
What do you need to make glowing eyes?
- 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.
- A few paintbrushes—one large and one small should do it.
- 2 bottles of glow-in-the-dark paint—a light color for the eye and a darker one for the eyeball.
- 1 black Sharpie pen
First Step: Coat Object With Base Color
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
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