Looking for a last minute Halloween decorating eye-dea?
Grab a few supplies and an hour or two and make our Spooky Halloween Eye Ball jar.
What you need
- ping pong balls
- red acrylic paint + paintbrush
- red thread/fibres + scissors
- red pencil
- Mod Podge
- eye ball printable (search on the web and print out onto plain copy paper)
- tall jar
- spider web (from discount/cheap store)
- plastic bat/spiders or creepy bugs
Start by painting your ping pong eye balls with red paint. I have used Golden acrylic paint in crimson. Paint just one half of each ball.
Washi tape comes in handy as ping pong ball supports which makes it a little easy to paint each ball!
Once dry, use Mod Podge and a paint brush to add snips of red thread to your “eye ball”. This is tricky and fiddly but worth the effort! Alternatively, if you have a steady hand, use a red permanent marker with a thin tip to draw on some detail to make your eye balls look blood shot! (I found it easier to have some snipped strands of thread in a pile and to pick them up with my paintbrush as I worked the Mod Podge into the ping pong ball, smooshing the thread into place as I went.)
Work your way around each eye ball with the thread and set aside to dry. The Mod Podge will go on a milky colour but dry nice and clear!
Download your eye ball printables from the internet and print out onto plain old white copy paper. I just searched for “Halloween eyeballs printable.”
Cut each printable out or use a circle punch if you are lucky enough to have the right size (I wasn’t!) And again use your paint brush and the Mod Podge to adhere each eye printable into place. It will be a bit lumpy so use your finger to gently smooth out any lumps and bumps.
Continue for each eye ball and set aside to dry – again the Washi Tapes are awesome drying stands for your eye balls! Once dry, I used a red pencil and added in a few squiggly lines to each eye ball!
Once dry you’re ready to add them to a jar and start decorating! Pile in your eye balls and then add some fake spider web (I found mine in the cheap shop for like $2 a packet) and stretch a few strands inside your jar. Throw in some plastic spiders.. they cling to the web and fall into the cracks and crevices between the eye balls.
Stretch some of the spider web around the outside of the jar (I secured the ends underneath the jar with some tape) and add a rubber bat or Halloween creepy creature to the top of your jar. OR make a creepy, spooky Halloween tag to tie to your jar top. And you are finished.
Have a spooky Halloween!
Kim Archer – Jot Publisher