I’ve always enjoyed binge-watching shows like Bones and Dexter, but it totally creeps the hubby out when they show gory bloody scenes 😀 Back in the day I really wanted to be a forensic artist and then life got in the way and I became a data strategist instead. Hey, data is fun too. Anyhoos, if I can’t play with bones and human remains in my day job, at least I can have some fun with them in my spare time 😉 So when Halloween rolls around I don’t need any excuses to get my spooky mojo on. And these easy realistic eyeballs are no exception.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs for Halloween. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

Not only are they easy to make, but they’re budget-friendly too.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs for Halloween. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

Don’t they look soooo creepy and maybe just a little scary 😀 They’re also perfect for this month’s IBC Halloween challenge.

What’s the IBC all about

The IBC, or International Blogger’s Club, is a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other to make something using a common theme.  Last month’s challenge was “Local Love” where we all celebrated something unique and special from our countries. We made these bright and colorful Ndebele pots. Today I’m really excited to share this realistic eyeball tutorial with you for the Halloween challenge. You’ll find all my friends spooky tutorials at the bottom of the post and they’re bootiful. So don’t miss out.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs for Halloween. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

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Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

What you need

  • Polystyrene balls. Ping pong balls will work too
  • Free iris printables
  • Maroon yarn or embroidery thread
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Craft Glue

What you need to make realistic eyeballs for Halloween

How to make realistic eyeballs for Halloween

Depending on how smooth your polystyrene balls are you may need to remove any little lumps or bumps with a craft knife first before painting them with a layer or two of white craft paint. The craft paint creates a protective barrier on the balls and a smooth surface for the next steps. Please don’t use spray paint. It will eat into the polystyrene and you’ll be left with a chewed away eyeballs. To make it easier, place the balls on a toothpick. I used the same trick when we made this oversized bead garland.

Using a white acrylic paint cover the balls entirely

Print out this free collection of different iris’s. Depending on the size of your balls you may need to resize them. Cut the eyes out and mod podge on them onto the painted balls.  

You’ll probably find that the iris doesn’t lie completely flat of the ball.

The iris won't lie completely flat on the ball

To smooth it out, use your thumbnail to lightly push the iris printable down as flat as possible.

Use your thumb nail to flatten the iris picture onto the balls

While you wait for the mod podge to dry fray strips of yarn using a toothpick. We’ll be using the yarn to add some capillaries to our eyeballs.

Cut the maroon yarn into strips and fray the edges using a toothpick

Take some of the frayed yarn and mod podge it onto the eyeball avoiding the iris portion.

Place the frayed yarn on the back of the eyeball and mod podge it on

Not too much, you don’t want to completely creep people out 😀 Capillaries only form on the whites of the eye.

Once the mod podge dries dip the entire eyeball into high gloss mod podge to give the eyeballs that glassy realistic look.

Wait for the mod podge to dry completely before dipping the eyeballs in a high gloss varnish or mod podge

Be sure to dry the eyeballs on those toothpicks so the glossy mod podge can drip down.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

And that’s it, your creepy realistic eyeballs are ready to be added to your Halloween décor.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

We put ours in a cauldron filled with Spanish moss to create a bouquet of creepy eyeballs.

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs for Halloween. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

I’m not sure if Sergeant Skullie approves but I sure do 😀 What do you think?

Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

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Up the creepy stakes this Halloween and make these realistic eyeballs. Quick and budget-friendly they'll add just the right spooky factor to your decor. The tutorial includes free "iris" printables to use #HalloweenDecor #CreepyEyeballs #ACraftyMix #FreePrintables

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And don’t forget to go have a looksee at what my IBC friends have done with their Halloween challenge this year. You won’t be disappointed.

IBC Halloween Challenge 2020
  1. Spookishly awesome diorama from Interior Frugalista
  2. Creeptastic flower arrangement from Unique Creations by Anita
  3. Realistic eyeballs from A Crafty Mix (that’s me 😉 )
  4. Clever pumpin cushion from Birdz of a Feather

And as always, here’s wishing a beautiful crafty week. Thank you so much for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix