Each year my boys say, “We want our porch to be scary on Halloween! How can we make it spookier?” I don’t like to be scared and lean toward less spooky, so here is the compromise I came up with…
Pretty Fall porch arrangement by day and spooky, glowing eyes staring at you by night. I know this isn’t the first time this DIY’s been done, but I wanted to make the eye’s way more interesting with some more expression and character.
My boys love anything that glows in the dark, so I knew this would provide an acceptable combination of cool and spooky. We have a lot of young little kids in our neighborhood so I’d like to keep it fun and exciting to look at for both adults and children.
Last weekend my boys were dying to watch a spooky movie. I named off all of the spooky animated movies I could think of, and they kept saying, “Saw it.” “Stupid.” “Not scary.” That really pushed me to up the level of suspense. First, let me just say, I really value the fact that my kids can go to sleep in the dark with no problem. I, on the other hand, saw a bunch of crazy, thriller movies when I was too young and still have problems sleeping in the dark!
So, I decided to let them see “The Watcher In The Woods” (Disney 1980). I know this probably dates me a little bit, but do you guys remember that movie? It REALLY scared me as a child! All those spooky movies back in the late 70’s and early 80’s were crazy and somehow they thought us kids could handle that! What were they thinking?!? I saw that movie at school on a movie projector! Long story short, I showed that movie to the boys and… they thought it was totally stupid! Go figure. I should have known that it would be too tame for them, given that they love the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
DIY: Spooky Eyes
Here’s what you need:
- toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, or wrapping paper rolls
- my eye templates (or make your own)
- X-ACTO knife, or scissors
- tissue paper or crepe paper (colored or white)
- small glow sticks (Dollar Store)
- Download and print the eye templates. SpookyEyes_MyDailyShe1 SpookyEyes_MyDailyShe2
- Cut out each template and tape them on each roll.
- Use X-ACTO knife or scissors to cut through one side of the roll.
- Cut a small rectangle of tissue paper or crepe paper large enough to cover the inside of the eyes and tape in place. Small Note: I trimmed the edges off the sides of the role and sprayed the role black so the eyes really stand out. You do NOT have to do that. It still works without painting the role black.
- Bend glow sticks in half and place them in the rolls. For brighter eyes use two or three glow sticks of the same color.
- Seal the two open sides off with black duct tape so only the light from the glow sticks only comes through the holes you cut for the eyes. See image above showing it taped on the right side.
- Place role where ever you want the eyes to show. You can hang them on branches, tape them to walls or set them on tables and shelves.
For the best results, turn out the lights. You got a bunch of glowing eyes staring back at you!
We had a total blast making these! Your family and neighbors will love them! Enjoy!
P.S. If you missed my Fall DIY from last year, check out my cut-out leaves idea here.