EEK! It’s Wiggle Eye Craft Week is drawing to a close, and I’ve saved one of my favorite Halloween crafts for today. Kathleen George designed this creepy Halloween Eyeball Cloche using a repurposed plastic soda bottle. I can’t think of a better way to display a collection of eyeballs, can you? (You might remember Kathleen’s Snowman Cloche from earlier this year.) I also have the winner of this week’s magazine giveaway.
To make a Halloween Eyeball Cloche, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” x 1” disc; eight 1-1/2” balls
- 2-litre plastic soda bottle
- Adhesive remover (such as GooGone)
- Acrylic craft paint, brown
- Krylon Glitter Blast, Bronze Blaze
- Wiggle eyes, 5/8”
- Fine tip permanent ink pen, red
- Needle & black thread
- Transparent clear tape
- Craft pins
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Black sequins
- Tools needed: Utility blade, such as an Exacto® knife, or sharp serrated knife; sharp pencil; paintbrush; wooden skewer; large, sharp needle
To make a Halloween Eyeball Cloche:
Make your cloche
Note: An adult should always handle the serrated knife, and should cut the plastic soda bottle.
1. Use adhesive remover to remove the label from the soda bottle. Thoroughly clean and dry the bottle.
2. Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle with the utility knife. It’s o.k. if it’s a little uneven.
3. Place bottle in center of 6” foam disc and trace around it with the pencil. Remove bottle and trace around the circle again, making a deep groove. Position the bottle in the grooved circle and twist until it’s straight.
4. Using tip of serrated knife, cut a hole in the bottom of a 1-1/2” ball so that it fits on the top of the bottle. Twist the ball onto the bottle until it completely covers the threads for the bottle top.
5. Paint the top and sides of the 6” foam disc with brown acrylic craft paint. Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of the 1-1/2” ball used for the top of the cloche. Paint brown. Let dry.
6. Spray Bronze Blaze Glitter Blast onto the disk and the ball following the manufacturer’s directions. Spray on several light coats rather than one thick coat.
Make the eyeballs
1. Press the seven remaining foam balls on a flat surface, creating a small flat spot. Glue a wiggle eye onto each flat spot. Draw bloodshot lines onto several eyeballs using a fine point red marker.
Create the scene
1. Glue a pile of four eyeballs onto the middle of the cloche base. If needed, slightly flatten the bottom of the eyeballs to keep them from rolling.
2. Place the cloche cover on the base to help determine where to hang the other eyeballs. Using the needle, carefully make a tiny hole in the plastic cloche for each eyeball.
3. Tie a length of black thread around a craft pin and push the pin into the top of the eyeball. Secure with a dot of glue.
4. Working from the inside of the cloche, thread the black thread through the holes to the outside. Temporarily tape the end of the thread to the outside of the cloche. Repeat till all three eyeballs are hanging in the cloche. Adjust the height of the eyeballs and when they all hang freely, secure the thread to the outside of the cloche with a tiny piece of clear tape. Cut away any excess thread. Optional: Cover the holes by gluing on a black sequin.
Kathleen has designed several other Halloween cloches and I’m excited to share them with you in the next few weeks.
Thanks for joining me for EEK! It’s Wiggle Eye Craft Week, though per your suggestions, I should have called it EEK! It’s Googly Eye Craft Week. There’s always next year!
Thanks to random.org, I also have the winner of a collection of four Halloween craft magazines. Sar Tann, please contact me so I can arrange to ship the goodies to you.
Happy Friday and happy crafting!