EEK! It’s Wiggle Eye Craft Week! Today’s wiggle eye craft is an Eyeball Bouquet, perfect for gift giving or Halloween decorating. What kid wouldn’t love making and giving an Eyeball Bouquet to a favorite teacher, grandparent or friend? You can buy bags of balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand foam, wiggle eyes, and chenille stems at a dollar store (I found some of mine at a Dollar Tree), so this is a fun and cheap Halloween craft. Go ahead – “harvest” a garden full.
To make a Halloween Eyeball Bouquet, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 5 – 6 balls, 2”, 1-1/2” and 1” diameter; ball or other piece to fill the pot; scrap piece to hold the eyeballs while they dry
- Terra cotta pot or vase
- Wiggle eyes, assorted sizes & colors
- Chenille stems, assorted colors
- Acrylic craft paints (I used Apple Barrel)
- Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue*
- Tools needed: Paintbrush; pencil; wire knippers
- Optional: Krylon Glitter Blast; Krylon Webbing Spray; puffy fabric paint in red; silk leaves; ribbon; excelsior or paper shred; spider webbing; plastic spider
*Kids should use white craft glue instead of a low-temp glue gun.
To make a Halloween Eyeball Bouquet:
1. Paint your pot or vase and let it dry. (Note: I spray painted my pots with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paints and the vase with Grape Glitz Glitter Blast.) Optional: When the paint is dry, add a light coat of Krylon Webbing Spray.
2. Insert a foam ball or other chunk of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into the pot; it should fit snugly. Glue in place, if needed.
3. If making bloodshot eyeballs, you don’t need to paint them and can skip to Step 4. Otherwise, insert a toothpick into your “eyeballs” to use as a handle. Paint the eyeballs with acrylic craft paint. (Note: For the eyeballs in the vase, I first painted them with acrylic craft paint, and then top coated them with Glitter Blast.) Insert the toothpicks into the foam block to hold the eyeballs while the paint dries.
4. Press each eyeball on a flat surface, flattening an area the size of the wiggle eye. Glue a wiggle eye onto the flat space. If making the eyes bloodshot, draw on wavy lines using the puffy fabric paint.
5. If you’re going to display your eyeballs in a vase, skip to Step 7. For the eyeballs “growing” in terra cotta pots, twist together two chenille stems for each of the larger eyeballs. For the smaller, 1” eyeballs, use one chenille stem. Wrap the chenille stems around a pencil, forming a coiled stem. Insert one end into the foam in the flower pot; if needed, remove the stem, add a dab of glue, and reinsert the chenille stem. Insert the eyeball on the other end of the chenille stem, and if needed, add a dab of glue. Continue adding stems and eyeballs till you’re pleased with the arrangement.
6. Cover the top of the pot with spider webbing, paper shred or excelsior.
7. For the vase, use straight chenille stems for the flower stems. Insert stems into eyeballs, and arrange the bouquet, trimming stems as needed.
8. Optional: Add silk leaves to the arrangements. (Note: To tone down the leaves in the arrangement of bloodshot eyeballs, I lightly sprayed the leaves with black spray paint.) If desired, embellish the pots with ribbon, spider webbing, wiggle eyes, plastic spiders, etc.
Did you ever see the musical Little Shop of Horrors? It enjoyed a revival a few years ago, and these Eyeball Bouquets remind me of that somewhat macabre story.
I’ll see you tomorrow with more wiggle eye fun . . .