A Quick Craft for Halloween Spookiness

It's almost the witching hour when ghosts and goblins will be venturing forth for a trick or treat.

Why not greet your little monsters with a trick of your own? These spooky glowing eyes couldn't be easier to make and they will delight your little ghouls all night long.

To make these spooky eyes, you'll need:

  • Several empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
  • Scissors or an X-Acto knife
  • A marker if you're like me and need a cutting guide
  • Black spray paint (this is totally optional)
  • Gloves (if you're going to spray paint)
  • Glow sticks or battery operated string of Christmas lights

To Make the Spooky Eyes:

I'm not very good at freehand cutting, so I drew on the eyes.

Then I used some super sharp scissors to cut them out, but found the X-Acto knife worked better. Just be careful! Those suckers are sharp and can take a finger off if you're not watching what you're doing.

Here's where you can either paint them black, or just leave them plain. It will be dark out, so it doesn't really matter. I just happened to have black spray paint on hand, so I gave them a quick coat. If you are going to spray paint them, use plastic gloves or you'll get paint all over your hand.

That's it! You're done until nighttime. When it gets dark out, you pop in a glow stick (I got mine at the dollar store. Target also had some, 2 for $1.00!). If you have a string of battery operated Christmas lights, you can use those, too. Just cut a small hole in the back for the light and there you go. Easy peasy. You can line your walk with them, hide them in bushes, decorate your window sill, any thing you want.

If you're up for a little more involved craft, last year Debra Kristi showed us how to make this fabulous Wicked Wreath of Delight. Just click here to hop over to her blog and see how it's done. It was very easy, trust me. I made the one you see here. I think it took me a half an hour and that's only because the skeleton demanded we stop for a cuppa. Who knew skeletons drank tea? His favorite brew? Earl Grey.

Will you be dressing up for Halloween? Got any great parties to attend? What's your favorite costume ever?

25 thoughts on “A Quick Craft for Halloween Spookiness”

  1. Kitt CrescendoKitt Crescendo

    I saw the toilet paper roll eyes on Facebook. They recommended putting them in bushes. I think that’s exactly what I’ll do when we scare up our exterior. 🙂

  2. Trish Loye ElliottTrish Loye Elliott

    Great idea! I’m so going to use it. I love Halloween.

  3. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Fun stuff, lady! Both crafts would pair well with eye ball (grape) salad and brains (pasta).

  4. EmmaEmma

    When my niece is a little older, I’ll hopefully be hanging out with her making some Halloween decorations like yours and Debra’s.
    Good work, Tameri 🙂
    I’m having a scary movie night in but I’ll stock up on goodies for the trick-or-treaters.

  5. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    Tameri – We’re the ‘old folks’ in the neighborhool so thanks for giving me an idea for Halloween. The kids usually make our house the last stop and their parents meet up here for the homemade goodies. Because we’ll be entertaining we try to keep our costumes simple — but I live with an artistic man and he always comes up with something over the top.

  6. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Fun stuff, chickie! I bet your house looks super festive. I need you to decorate mine. 🙂

  7. jansenschmidtjansenschmidt

    Super fun ideas! And I do love easy!

    I’m going to be dressed as a redneck tourist as I go trick or treating at Disney World this year. I am SOOOOOO excited!! Hopefully I’ll get some fun pictures to post. I usually get so excited about stuff that I forget to capture the rapture in digital images.

    Thanks for the craft ideas!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Angela WallaceAngela Wallace

    Neat! I’d never seen those before.

  9. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Fabulous idea Tameri. My land, I think even I (being craft challenged) could handle this!

  10. Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, LaughingKristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing

    Love this idea…and I would paint them, too. I don’t see ‘natural’ colored tubes being invisible in the dark…and that’s what would make the eyes look spooky. Too bad I live in the country. No trick-or-treaters, no pedestrian traffic, no company. Ever. I suppose I should probably take that sign about election season and my hunting license off the door. 🙂

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