How to Make Ping Pong Balls into Eyeballs for Halloween

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Ping pong balls masquerade as eyes for Halloween.
Ping pong balls masquerade as eyes for Halloween.

Ping pong balls are innocent for 364 days of the year, but at Halloween, they transform into frightening, bloodshot eyeballs. The white balls used for table tennis are roughly the same size as the human eyeball and have a similar white background. Use them to make frightening Halloween props for a party or haunted house.

Things You'll Need

  • Black permanent marker
  • Blue permanent marker
  • Red permanent marker
  • Hot glue
  • Hardware nuts
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Instructions

    • 1

      Turn the ball so the logo, if present, is facing away from you. Color a 1/2-inch wide black circle with a permanent marker in the center of the ping pong ball for the pupil of the eye.

    • 2

      Create an iris by making a 1/8-inch ring with the blue permanent marker abutting the black circle in the center.

    • 3

      Draw four or five uneven red crooked lines away from the iris to make the eye look bloodshot and scarier.

    • 4

      Attach hardware nuts with hot glue to the side of the ping pong ball directly opposite the pupil to keep the eyes upright for setting on a surface or floating in a bowl of water or punch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the surface of the ping pong balls with phosphorescent paint and let it dry before decorating with a pupil, iris and blood. The eyes will glow in the dark for a scarier effect.

  • Put double-stick tape on the back of the ping pong ball eyeballs and attach to the sockets of a life-sized skeleton from a science class or prop store. Set the skeleton in the corner of a dim room to give guests an unexpected surprise.

  • Cut the ping pong balls in half and poke a hole in the pupil to see through. Glue the decorated ping pong ball halves to plastic eyeglasses frames to give your costume an eye-popping look.

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References

  • "A Halloween How-to: Costumes, Parties, Decorations, and Destinations"; Leslie Pratt Bannatyne; 2001
  • "Halloween: A Grown-Up's Guide to Creative Costumes, Devilish Decor & Fabulous Festivities"; Joanne O'Sullivan; 2003
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images

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