Hairy Halloween Eyeball Rings
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- 1-inch wood bead*
- White acrylic paint* plus other creepy and bright colors of your choice
- Medium paint brush* and small detail brushes*
- Ring form
- Pipe cleaner*
- Fringy yarn (often called “eyelash yarn“*)
- Hot glue gun* and glue sticks
Paint 2-3 coats of white paint onto a wood bead. Allow to dry. Next, use a pencil to lightly sketch the pupil shape onto the eyeball. The outer color is about the size of a penny.
Paint creepy color combinations for your eyeballs using small detail brushes. I perched them on some spools so they wouldn’t roll around. If necessary, erase your pencil marks when the paint has fully dried.
Next, use hot glue to attach the ring form, pipe cleaner, and the fringy yarn to the eyeball. You can use regular pipe cleaners or the wavy ones shown below. The fringy yarn (I used Fun Fur by Lion Brand) looks like this. The fringe is attached to a cord which I’ll call the “spine” from here.
Apply hot glue to the ring form, and place the eyeball on top of it, with the pupil facing up.
Now, wrap the bottom half of the eyeball with the pipe cleaner. Start at the “equator” of the eyeball with a thin bead of hot glue and keep wrapping it around the eye, applying glue as you go. Stop when you reach the ring form.
Next, start gluing the fringy yarn, right above the pipe cleaner. Apply a very thin bead of hot glue, and try to glue just the spine of the yarn and not the fringe (though you will glue some fringe – as long as most of it doesn’t get glued down, you should be okay!), and try to avoid large globs of glue. Go little by little as you’ll have to straighten the yarn and move the fringe out of the way as you glue.You can use a wood skewer to help push the yarn into place and avoid burning your fingers. Go around two times or so, allowing some of the white of the eye to show and without overlapping the colored parts of the eye. If you find that you are having trouble with the hot glue, you can switch to white glue applied with a toothpick.
Trim off the yarn, then if you like, you can trim the fringe a little bit shorter. All done!
I made three rings, all slightly different from one another. Again, you can trim the fringe or leave it long. You can match the pipe cleaner color to the yarn, or use two different Halloweeny colors.
I love how big and exaggerated my rings are! And yes, my girls did shriek and run away giggling when I showed the rings to them! And then they asked for one in purple and one in pink, as always!
More Quick Halloween crafts by The Silly Pearl
Cheesecloth Halloween Bowl (perfect for your new Hairy Halloween Eyeball Rings!)
Here’s another eyeball craft: “1-2-3 Eyes On Me” Halloween Mason Jar Teacher Gift (and printable)
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