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This Halloween, I’m taking it back to my college days. The days when you could walk into my dorm room and find all of the shelves and desks lined with bottles of highlighter fluid which glowed brightly with our two black lights. We had the coolest room in our building (if I do say so myself). Finally, I showed off my glowing bottle skills to my kids while we made a glowing eyeball jar, perfect for Halloween!
I love this craft idea so much. Not only because it’s easy and looks spooky and because you can buy almost everything you need at Dollar Tree. Each glowing eyeball jar will cost less than $3 to make. What a deal!
The fun part about this glowing eyeball jar craft is that if your local Dollar Tree doesn’t have the bags of Halloween eyeballs, you can use what they do have. Tiny skeletons? Glowing hands? Bag of bones? A bag of ping pong balls that you draw eyeballs on? Sure! Any of them will work.
Supplies You’ll Need for the glowing eyeball jar
- a glass jar
- bag of eyeballs
- cuticle nippers
- optional: disposable gloves
We picked up the glass jar and the eyeballs at Dollar Tree. Each was only $1.25. Our store didn’t have the needed highlighters, so we bought those at Walmart. You can get 12 highlighters for under $6 right now. The blue, purple, and orange don’t glow as brightly as the other colors, so I recommend that you use those as regular highlighters instead of for this project.
You can use cuticle nippers or a small wrench to pull the top of the highlighter off. If you don’t have one in your home, you can probably pick this up at Dollar Tree.
You don’t have to use any particular water. Tap water will do just fine!
This handmade glowing eyeball jar Dollar Tree Halloween craft cost us less than $3 per jar.
If you want to brighten your glowing eyeball jar, we recommend getting a black light. I found this one on Amazon for a great price. Just set the jars of eyeballs in front or to the side of the blacklight for a great effect.
These glowing eyeball jars can be used as Halloween decor anywhere in your home. You can put them in the front window so the trick-or-treaters can see them. You can use them as dining room table centerpieces. They would look great on a shelf, in the kid’s rooms, or on the kitchen counter. The possibilities are endless.
How to create this glowing eyeball jar
Step 1: Remove the lid from the glass jar. Fill with eyeballs. I add eight. Anything more than that, and they started to pop out once the water was added.
Step 2: Fill the jar with water. I used about a cup and a half for the glass jar I purchased at Dollar Tree. You’ll want the water to reach the top of the jar.
Step 3: Pop off the white part on the top of the highlighter. I use cuticle nippers and it pops right off. Turn the highlighter upside down and tap until the insert falls out. You may want to wear gloves for this next part if you don’t want to get messy.
Step 4: Squeeze the highlighter insert from the bottom into the jar. You’ll see the highlighter liquid fall out. It’s important to note that the highlighter liquid doesn’t just escape from the bottom. It also may escape from the top and the sides. I find pushing the liquid down is the best and least messy option.
Step 5: Once all the liquid has been drained into the jar, you can add additional bones or novelty body parts if you have them.
Step 6: Return the lid to the jar.
Once you have created your glowing eyeball jar, if you post a photo on social media, we’d love for you to tag @thesupermomlife and encourage others to join in the fun!
I hope that these instructions are easy enough to follow. If you have any questions, please comment below, and I’ll answer it as soon as I see it.
You can also check out the how-to video as well that gives you all of the step-by-step instructions:
If you love this glowing eyeball jar Dollar Store craft idea, check out our other fun craft ideas. We have some for all occasions, with lots more coming soon!