Hello everyone! My name is Steph, and I blog at The Silly Pearl, where I write about crafts, home, and making memories with my husband and 8-year-old twin girls. I’m so excited to be a part of See Vanessa Craft’s 30 Days of Halloween! This is one of my favorite crafty times of year and I love to make Halloween crafts that make my girls go “EEWWW!” or “EEEK!” with a giggle afterwards. Today I’m sharing how to make these Hairy Monster Eyeball Rings. It’s a fun and easy craft to make. Here’s how!
- 1-inch wood bead
- Acrylic paint in white plus other creepy and bright colors of your choice
- Medium paint brush and small detail brushes
- Hot glue
- Ring form
- Pipe cleaner
- Fringy yarn (often called “eyelash yarn”)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
First, paint the eyeball. Paint a wood bead in white (2-3 coats), allowing to dry in between coats. Then lightly sketch a circle for the iris, another circle inside that, and one more small circle for the pupil.
Paint in the colors and allow to dry. I perched them on some spools so they wouldn’t roll around.
Next, attach the ring form, pipe cleaner, and the fringy yarn to the eyeball. I only had these wavy pipe cleaners on hand, but you can use the regular kind too. And here’s what the fringy yarn I’m using looks like – the fringe is attached to a cord which I’ll call the “spine” from here.
First, hot glue the ring form to the back of the eyeball.
Wrap the bottom half of the eyeball with the pipe cleaner with hot glue. Start at the “equator” of the eyeball with a thin bead of hot glue and keep wrapping it around the eye, applying glue as you go. Stop when you reach the ring form.
Now, apply a very thin bead of hot glue right above the pipe cleaner and start gluing the fringy yarn. Try to glue just the spine of the yarn and not the fringe (though you will glue some fringe – as long as most of it doesn’t get glued down, you should be okay!). Go little by little as you’ll have to straighten the yarn and move the fringe out of the way as you glue. And as mentioned, apply a very thin bead of glue and try to avoid big globs of glue. You can use a wood skewer to help push the yarn into place and avoid burning your fingers. Go around two times or so, allowing some of the white of the eye to show and without overlapping the colored parts of the eye. If you find that you are having trouble with the hot glue, you can switch to white glue applied with a toothpick.
Trim off the yarn, then if you like, you can trim the fringe a little bit shorter. All done!
I made three rings, all slightly different from one another. Again, you can trim the fringe or leave it long. You can match the pipe cleaner color to the yarn, or use two different Halloweeny colors.
I love how big and exaggerated my rings are! And yes, my girls did shriek and run away giggling when I showed the rings to them!
More Halloween crafts by The Silly Pearl
Cheesecloth Halloween Bowl (perfect for your new eyeball rings!)
Thank you so much Vanessa for hosting 30 Days of Halloween and for having me on your blog today!
-Steph @ The Silly Pearl