In the blink of an eye *wink*, you can make these Halloween Eyeball Topiaries. Mine are only about 6″ tall, and are just the right size for decorating a windowsill, a small shelf or mantel. Of course, you could also super size these with 5” – 10” balls of STYROFOAM™ brand foam and make a Halloween Eyeball Topiary that’s almost two feet tall! If you need teachers’ gifts for Halloween, give these a try. They’re such an easy Halloween craft, and the price is right, too.
To Make a Halloween Eyeball Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3 balls in different sizes (mine are 2”, 1-1/2”, and 1-1/4″ in diameter); scrap piece to hold the eyeballs while they dry
- Terra cotta pot (I used a mini pot, with a 1-7/8″ opening)
- Googly eyes, assorted sizes & colors
- Colorful eyeballs: Acrylic craft paints (I used Apple Barrel)
- Bloodshot eyeballs: Puffy fabric paint in red
- Chenille stems
- Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue*
- Tools needed: Paintbrush; wire knippers; pencil
- Optional: Ribbon; I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor paints to paint my terra cotta pots, but you can use whatever paint you have on hand.
*Kids should use white craft glue instead of a low-temp glue gun.
To make a Halloween Eyeball Topiary:
1. Paint your terra cotta pot and let it dry.
2. If making bloodshot eyeballs, you don’t need to paint them and can skip to Step 3. Otherwise, insert a toothpick into your “eyeballs” to use as a handle. Paint the eyeballs with acrylic craft paint. Insert the toothpicks into the foam block to hold the eyeballs while the paint dries.
3. 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.
4. Assemble your topiaries using toothpicks and glue. Connect the balls first using toothpicks between them. When you’re pleased with the arrangement, squirt a little glue between the balls. Run a bead of glue around the inside rim of the pot, and add the stacked eyeballs.
5. If you like, add chenille stem “antenna” to the top of your topiary. To make coiled antenna, curl a chenille stem around a pencil. Insert antenna into the top ball, and then glue googly eyes onto the ends.
6. Optional: Glue ribbon around the rim of the pot.
And that’s it. Tomorrow, I have the grand finale googly eye Halloween craft for EEK! It’s Wiggle Eye Craft Week, and it is pretty cool. You will not want to miss it!
If you’d like more fun ideas for Halloween, be sure to enter the giveaway for four Halloween craft magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Family Fun, Martha Stewart, and Woman’s Day). You have till midnight today to enter, and I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.