A few years back while browsing Pinterest, I saw a couple of flowers with eyeballs at their center and fell morbidly in love with the idea. (I wish I could remember who originally pinned the photo.) I thought it was wonderfully clever and looked super easy to make. In my Halloween craft frenzy, I decided to recreate the eyeball flowers and put my own spin on it. What I came up with was a blood dripping black vase filled with black and purple roses whose centers were eyeball filled. I have to admit, it was as fun as I imagined it to be and I definitely enjoyed every minute of making them. Plus, they add an extra morbid macabre factor to the décor without being to gory or gruesome. As always, one of the best features is that it is super cheap. All in, less than $5 (depending on what craft supplies you have, this could even be less). Other than the craft supplies I already had and the empty wine bottles, I got everything from the 99 Cent Store.
Plastic Eyeballs – I used 8
Black Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Black and Purple with Black Stem Faux Flowers
Empty Wine Bottles
Red Candle and Lighter
Protective Cover to Set Bottles On
Putting It All Together:
1. I started by drinking my wine…okay…that had already happened, I just made sure I kept the bottles. I left the labels on. It wasn’t necessary to take them off and they didn’t need to be perfect. They did need to be dry and clean.
2. Paint the wine bottles in matte black paint. Let dry completely.
3. Cut the wire flowers off at the bottom of the stem. This makes it easy for me to put different stems into the bottles.
4. While the bottles dried, I hot glued the eyeballs into the center of the flowers. To do so, I folded the petals back, added hot glue to the back of the eyeballs and stick them in the center. They dry super fast.
5. When the bottles were completely dry, I used the red candle to add “blood” to my wine bottle vases. To do so, I lit the candle and rotated the bottle as the wax dripped down. It dries pretty quickly. The key to getting it looking really great is to make sure that you don’t let the drips build up in one area.
6. Add the flowers balancing the flowers with eyeballs with those that don’t. Add them to your favorite Halloween scene.
I added it to flank my countdown calendar and my spider web coaster giving the whole vignette an extra little umph in my opinion.