A Halloween Recipe: How to make Pickled Eyeballs

Sounds pretty gruesome, right? But display a few jars of Pickled Eyeballs and wait for the laughs. Pickled Eyeballs have to be one of the best DIY ideas yet for decorating for a Halloween party or haunted house. You can whip up a jar or two fairly quickly – no pressure cooker needed. Waiting for the paint to dry is the hardest part. Here’s the special recipe.

Totally creepy but a lot of fun -- Pickled Eyeballs. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pickled Eyeballs by Kathleen George.

To make Pickled Eyeballs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 15 – 18, 1-1/2” balls (The exact number will vary, based on the size of your jar. You could also use a mix of smaller and larger balls.)
    • Scrap piece
  • Mason jar
  • Googly eyes, 1” (or other sizes if your eyeballs are different sizes)
  • Permanent fabric paint with a fine point in glossy red (Kathleen used Scribbles® Dimensional Fabric Paint)
  • Waterproof adhesive (Kathleen used Goop Contact Adhesive & Sealant)
  • Food coloring in green
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; glass mixing bowl or other glass container

To make Pickled Eyeballs:

1. Fill your empty mason jar with the balls to see how many you will need. The balls should fit snugly. Remove the balls from the jar.

2. Glue a 1” googly eye onto each ball using a water-resistant glue.

3. Insert a toothpick into the back of each eyeball to use as a handle. Draw veins onto the eyeballs using the tip of the red, glossy fabric paint. Insert the toothpick into the scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and let the paint dry thoroughly.

4. Fill the Mason jar with eyeballs, making sure the googly eye faces out.

Here's how to make Pickled Eyeballs for Halloween. CraftsnCoffee.com

Use the food coloring sparingly so the eyeballs are clearly visible.

5. In a separate container, mix water and a drop of green food coloring. Start with just a drop and check the color. If the water is too dark, you won’t be able to see the eyeballs.

6. Carefully pour the water into the jar. Close the jar tightly. Optional: To make the seal permanent and waterproof, squeeze a generous amount of waterproof adhesive along the top of the jar, and on the inside threads of the lid. Close the jar and let the glue dry.

7. Optional: Print out a label and affix to the jar.

Pickled Eyeballs -- so fun and easy for Halloween. "Recipe" on CraftsnCoffee.com

Fill several jars of different sizes with pickled eyeballs for a fun Halloween display.

Last year, Kathleen shared her tutorial to make glow-in-the dark eyeballs.

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

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

Two years ago, Kathleen shared her Eyeball Cloche — very cool!

Very cool! Repurpose a plastic soda bottles to make a Halloween Eyeball Cloche. CraftsnCoffee.com

Halloween Eyeball Cloche by Kathleen George.

We’re planning a little Halloween baking for this weekend – no eyeballs involved! Do you have any favorite Halloween recipes you’d like to share?

Happy crafting!


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11 Responses to A Halloween Recipe: How to make Pickled Eyeballs

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  4. CraftyB says:

    Ewww, perfect Halloween surprise!!

  5. This is great! not to mention great use for old jars!

    • Sharon says:

      It would be fun to have an assortment of jars in different sizes, all stuffed with eyeballs, don’t you think? Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  6. LisaM6 says:

    Those are great. What a fun twist for Halloween.

    Just wanted to let you I got a package in the mail today. Thanks so much. 🙂

  7. I am going to keep my eye on this post!!! Going to have to make a few jars of eyeballs for a project I am working on! Thanks for the inspiration!

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