You know about my duct tape addiction, right? When I bought the Glow duct tape to make my Halloween Ghost Wreath, I picked up a roll of Glow googly eye tape, too. Duct tape + googly eyes? Perfect for a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath, especially when embellished with a garland made of eyeballs. Now here’s where I need your eyeballs – take a look and tell me which wreath you prefer.
Traditional black googly eyes
Colorful googly eyes
Now, I didn’t make the same wreath twice. I made it with the colorful googly eyes but wasn’t sure I liked it once I was done. So, a very talented PhotoShop expert went to work and transformed them into the traditional black googly eyes. I like the monochromatic look better. How about you?
To make a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Wreath: 12” x 2”
- Balls: Four 15/16”; one 1”; five 1-1/2”; and one 2”
- Duck® Brand Glow Duck Tape (I found mine at Michaels)
- Googly eyes in assorted sizes
- Jewelry cord
- Pearl head pins, two
- Ribbon, 8” – 10” length for hanger
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; carpet needle or other large needle with a large eye; serrated knife
To make a Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath:
1. Tear off a 36” or so length of duct tape. (I found this length to be easy to handle. If you have a length that’s too long, it will tangle and stick to itself.) Tear this strip into two strips, with one strip measuring about 1- 1/8” – 1-1/4” wide. (You don’t have to be precise.) Be careful your two strips don’t tangle, and carefully put aside the narrow strip for a future use (try making Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres with the narrow strips).
2. Pin the wider duct tape strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip round & round the wreath, slightly overlapping with each pass. Pin the other end of the strip to the back of the wreath, and trim any extra tape. Repeat, wrapping the wreath till it’s covered.
3. Determine the order in which you’d like the eyeballs on your garland. Glue wiggle eyes on these balls. My garland uses the following sizes of balls: two 15/16”, two 1”, and two 1-1/2”.
4. Thread the carpet needle with a 24” length of cord. Thread the first ball onto the cord. Squeeze a dab of hot glue on the cord where you want to place the ball, and push the ball onto the hot glue. Make sure the eyeball is pointing in the right direction. (Note: This step is important to keep your eyeballs staring straight ahead. If they’re not glued in place, the weight of the wiggle eyes will pull the eyeballs downward.)
5. Thread on additional balls, following instructions in Step 4. Test fit the garland to be sure the balls are spaced to fit inside the wreath.
6. On the first ball threaded onto the garland, insert and glue the ball end of a pearl head pin into the hole where the cord is threaded. Wrap the cord around the pin several times, and then glue and insert the pin into the wreath and glue the ball in place. Repeat with the ball at the other end of the garland, attaching it to the other side of the wreath.
7. Using the serrated knife, cut a 90 degree wedge from the backs of two 1-1/2” balls and the 2” ball. Perch the two, 1-1/2” balls on top of the wreath between 10:00 and 11:00 and glue in place. Glue the 2” ball between 5:00 and 6:00 on the inside edge of the wreath. Glue googly eyes on each eyeball.
8. Glue two 15/16” balls to the inside of the wreath at the 1:00 position. Glue google eyes onto the balls.
9. Tie ribbon into a loop, and pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath.
Here are the two wreaths, side by side. Tell me which one you prefer.
If you’d like more Halloween eyeballs crafts, page through Wiggle Eye Craft Week from a few years ago. These are still a few of my favorite Halloween crafts.