How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs

My daughter has a glow-in-the-dark, Halloween t-shirt, and every time she wears it, we love to watch it glow in a dark room. There is something magical about it. Today’s craft scores high in magic making because Kathleen George is sharing how to make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs. Make as many Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs as you like, make them happy or haunting, big or small. Wear them, hide them, decorate with them, indoors and out.

These glow in the dark! I can think of so many ways to use these eyeballs. The tutorial is easy, and you can make them any size you like.

There are so many ways you can use these glow-in-the-dark eyeballs.

Kathleen’s creepy eyeballs make a glowing centerpiece, a mobile and a headband. The instructions are super easy, and Kathleen shares her patterns to make the expressive pupils.

Great patterns for making glow-in-the-dark Halloween eyeballs.

Kathleen shared her pattern for these pupil designs, or you can make your own.

To make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls in your choice of sizes. Kathleen used 2” and 1-1/2” balls, and you could make them as small as 1″ or as large as 8″ or even bigger!
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Glow-in-the-dark fabric paint in a squeeze bottle or tube
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Sharp pencil; wood skewers or toothpicks; stiff bristle paintbrush

To make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs:

1. If you’re making a pair of eyeballs, twist together two balls so they fit together snugly. Glue balls together.

2. Using the pupil patterns or your own design, draw pupil designs onto each ball with a sharp pencil.

3. Insert a wood skewer or toothpick into the balls to use as a handle while painting. Paint the balls black, but do not paint inside the pupil design. Insert the handles into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the balls while they dry.

4. Fill in the pupils of the eyeballs using glow-in-the-dark paint. The thicker the paint is applied, the more it will glow. Let paint dry, and then check to see how strongly it glows. Add a second coat of glow-in-the-dark paint if needed.

5. Add eyebrows, eyelashes, and other details.

Cute, DIY Eyeball Headband with glow-in-the-dark eyeballs.

Kathleen used 2″ balls to make these eyeball boppers.

To make the Eyeball Headband, Kathleen twisted together three – four chenille stems for each antenna. She inserted the antenna into the eyeball, and attached the other end to a black headband.

These eyeballs glow in the dark! Fun, DIY Halloween centerpiece idea.

This Halloween Eyeball Centerpiece adds spooky fun to a party, or Halloween display.

To make the Eyeball Centerpiece, Kathleen cut wood dowels to varying heights, and inserted one end into each eyeball pair. She then cut in half a 4” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and painted it black. She inserted each wood dowel into the half-ball base.

A great tutorial for making glow-in-the-dark eyeballs and Halloween decorations.

Hang this in your window!

To make the Eyeball Mobile, Kathleen threaded pairs of eyeballs on heavy-duty thread. She then tied the thread onto two wood dowels, with the eyeballs hanging in-between.

So fun! Do you have any glow-in-the-dark attire? T-shirts, shoes? Decorations?

Thanks for stopping in today.

Happy crafting.


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4 Responses to How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeballs

  1. LisaM6 says:

    Those are great! No glow in the dark attire for me. My youngest has a tshirt that glows.
    So is there a trick for cutting the balls in half? When I tried they were off….I guess not eyeballing (pun intended) would work better.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lisa, I do what you do — I eyeball them and then cut them with a serrated knife (kids can use a plastic knife, tho it might be a little off). You can also use dental floss to slice through the balls. Here’s one tip from Kathleen George — stretch a rubber band around the center of the ball, and then draw a line around the ball next to the rubber band. Remove the rubber band and then cut on the line you drew. Let me know if this works for you. What are you making?? Happy crafting! Sharon

      • LisaM6 says:

        I found an idea for my craft show to make a cupcake holder with mini book inside. When I get the whole thing done I’ll send you an email. 🙂 My kids think I am crazy with all the flowers.

      • Sharon says:

        That sounds adorable! I can’t wait to see it. So glad you’ll share a photo when you’re done. Thanks! Sharon

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