What do I love most about Halloween? The ghosts and ghouls? The witches and cauldrons? The pumpkins? Nope. It’s making fun and creative DIY projects with my family. It’s an absolute blast, and Halloween is one of the best times of the year to get creative.
Today, I want to share a quick and easy tutorial on making one of our favorite DIY Halloween eyeball decorations. More specifically, it’s an inexpensive alternative to the classic pop out eyeball glasses we’ve all seen.
These bulging eyeball glasses can be used as part of a Halloween costume, but if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll love wearing them just about anywhere.
So let’s get started. Here’s everything you’ll need:
On This Page You'll Find
- Do It Yourself Halloween Eyeball Glasses Materials List
- How To Make Bulging Pop-Out Eyeglasses For Halloween
- Step 1: Cut The Egg Carton
- Step 2: Paint The Egg Carton Eyeballs
- Step 3: Give Your Eyes Pupils
- Step 4: Add Veins To Your Eyeballs
- Step 5: Create Frames For The Glasses
- Step 6: Create A Nose Bridge For The Glasses
- Step 7: Finish The Frames
- Step 8: Form Two Temples/Arms For The Glasses
- Step 9: Dance
- Step 10: Attach Temples To The Eyeballs
- Step 11: Quality Check
- Step 12: Form The Earpieces
- Step 13: Create Sight Hole
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Do It Yourself Halloween Eyeball Glasses Materials List
- Egg carton (one made from recyclable paperboard rather than polystyrene foam or plastic)
- Acrylic paints (white, red, and black)
- Paint brush
- 2 pieces of black pipe cleaner
- A crafting awl hole tool
- Hot glue
- A pair of scissors
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How To Make Bulging Pop-Out Eyeglasses For Halloween
Step 1: Cut The Egg Carton
Use the scissors to cut two wells from the egg carton. Trim the edges of each well to form two “dome shapes”. We’ll turn these into creepy eyeballs for the glasses.
Step 2: Paint The Egg Carton Eyeballs
Paint the outside of each egg well with white acrylic paint. Double or triple coat as necessary until they are completely white and none of the egg well’s original brown paper color shows through. Set aside and let dry completely.
Step 3: Give Your Eyes Pupils
Take the black acrylic paint and give your egg carton eyes some pupils. Do this by painting black circles on the tip of each dome. Set these aside and let them dry completely before continuing to step 4.
Step 4: Add Veins To Your Eyeballs
Next, use the red acrylic paint to add small veins to each eyeball. To create the veins, paint random and irregular lines around the white area of each eyeball. This will create a distressed, blood-shot look. (Pro Tip: If you have kids and never sleep anymore, simply look in the mirror at your own eyeballs to know exactly what this should look like.)
Step 5: Create Frames For The Glasses
Take one of the black pipe cleaners and wrap it around the bottom (widest) part of one of the eyeballs. Glue it generously to make it permanently stick. Leave the unwrapped portion of black pipe cleaner hanging for now. Don’t trim it as you’ll need it in the next step.
Step 6: Create A Nose Bridge For The Glasses
Now it’s time to create the bridge of the eyeglasses. Use the free end of the pipe cleaner from the last step to bend a small curve of at least 2 cm (0.75 to 1 inch) right next to the eyeball. (Pro Tip: The length of bridge will vary depending on who is wearing the glasses. Smaller for kids. Bigger for adults. If you know who will be wearing them, you can get the correct distance by measuring across the bridge of their nose. Otherwise, you can use the bridge of your own nose to get a rough estimate.)
Step 7: Finish The Frames
Finish the frames by wrapping the rest of the black pipe cleaner around the bottom of the other eyeball. Glue it generously to get it to permanently stick. You can trim off any excess pipe cleaner.
Step 8: Form Two Temples/Arms For The Glasses
Take the other black pipe cleaner that you haven’t used yet and fold it in half. Use the scissors to cut it in the center of the fold to create two equal pieces. These will be used to form the temples/arms of your crazy eyeball glasses.
Step 9: Dance
(I just wanted to see if you would do it! 😉 )
Step 10: Attach Temples To The Eyeballs
Take the two equal pieces of pipe cleaner and generously glue them to the inside edge of each eyeball. Align them so they are in a straight line with the bridge. Keep everything as parallel and even as possible, so the glasses sit properly when you put them on. (Pro Tip: If you have crooked or uneven ears, don’t worry about making everything parallel. They won’t fit right anyway, so why bother. 😉 )
Step 11: Quality Check
Do a quick quality check to see if the temples are placed correctly and not falling off. If they seem flimsy, add some more hot glue to help sturdy them up.
Step 12: Form The Earpieces
Form earpieces for your Halloween eyeball glasses by curving the free end of the temples. You can adjust these individually as needed for whomever might wear the glasses.
Step 13: Create Sight Hole
Last but not least, use a crafting awl hole tool to poke a hole in the middle of the pupil. You can adjust the size of the hole as needed to make sight comfortable. (Pro Tip: This step is optional, but I highly recommend it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see, and if you run into a wall, don’t look at me cause all I’m gonna say is, “Told you so.”)
Congratulations! You now have your very own pair of bulging eyeball glasses for Halloween! They are safe, inexpensive, and perfect for you and all of your crazy and creepy (you know you have at least one) friends.
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