Last year we actually decorated for Halloween. It’s my least favorite ‘holiday’ of the year, but my kids absolutely love pretending to be something else for a day, so I try to have fun with it.
So when I say decorated I don’t mean the spooky stuff. I mean large white google eyes on the door! These are so fun, in the spirit of halloween, and best of all simple to make! (I saw these a couple of years ago pinned by Maker Mama. Hers are a little heftier and could probably do better than mine outdoors, please check hers out! I changed a couple of things up to be more kid-making friendly.)
large white paper plates (we used a heavy cardboard plate that we found at the dollar store, but I don’t think the weight mattered)
black construction paper or black plastic plates (we used black plastic plates that we found at the dollar store)
glue (we used hot glue, but I think regular Elmer’s would have been fine)
masking tape or removable tacky putty
a door or window, or if making outdoor-elements quality, your imagination!
optional: glow in the dark paint
Gather your materials on a clean, covered workspace.
Cut circles out of the black construction paper. Just eyeball this, or trace a bowl or vase that is the size you are looking for. Or trim the edge off a black plastic plate like we did. The boys got to practice their cutting skills!
Glue the pupil of the eye onto the plate. Be creative! (And be careful – adult supervision required if using a glue gun!) I did the glueing, but the boys were adamant on where the black pupils went!
Optional: Get even more creative and use glow-in-the-dark paint (and follow instructions on the bottle.)
Tape or secure to the door! Add eyebrows and a mouth if desired! (Then enjoy some halloween cookies!)
Our neighbors were happy to see we found a creative, fun way to decorate for this holiday rather than going the creepy route like others on our street. The kids on the bus commented on them, too!
On halloween day I placed a few more sets of giant google eyes in the bushes in front of our house and tied some to our front tree. I wished I had painted them with glow-in-the-dark paint so they could’ve been seen at night, too!
Where will you be hanging your google eyes?!