Glowing Eyes Halloween Art

By Kate Riley October 12, 2011

The kids were watching the classic Snow White the other day and there’s a scene where SW is running in the forest and the beady eyes are everywhere and she freaks out but it turns out it’s just bunny rabbits.  

I share that tidbit with you only because it was the inspiration for my latest Halloween project, a framed chalkboard drawing of a forest with those glowing beady eyes that spook kids big and small.  Here it is, my latest (cheap) art idea just in time for Halloween.

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This quick art project cost me nothing (well, I didn’t shop for anything new) and took less than an hour.  I found this old frame at a thrift store many months ago, it came with a nature painting that I may or may not keep, I’m undecided. Anyway, I paid $5 bucks at Goodwill and it was sitting in my garage. The rest of the supplies, (the foam board, chalkboard paint, and twinkle lights) I already had on hand. 

To make this I followed these four steps.  1. Cut a foam board to the size of your frame, then cover one side with two coats of black chalkboard spray paint.  2. Sketch then fill your chalk trees, 3. Use a small nail to determine location of glowing eyes, and 4. Insert tips of twinkle lights behind back of canvas.  Boom, you’re done.


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If you’re having a Halloween party, this is fun idea for wall art, just sketch yourself a forest and add some sinister glowing eyes. The installation is especially cool at night. 

glowing eyes halloween art cg


Speaking of Halloween, have you seen the scary tools over at Picnik?  You must go play around, it’s a lot of fun adding ghosts and fangs and zombie eyes to yourself, your friends, or loved ones. Send Grandma one with a fake beard and crazy eyeballs, she’s sure to love it. Maybe not. But your teens surely will!

   Lightning, spider webs, and scary movie effects seen below . . .

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Do you have the feeling you’re being watched? 

Beware, you are.

Moooo haaaa haaaaa haaaaa. 




  1. pure genius…love this!…Oh you could do a tree at Christmas…all blue-and silver…and lights…oohhhhhh…LOVE!

  2. Who would have thought this up…oh, YOU! Couldn’t make out how you’d gotten those bright dots until reading down, wouldn’t have guessed. :) Janell

  3. That is super fun!! I’m sure the kids love it! I can’t seem to stop making halloween crafts, either. It’s just such a fun holiday, and watching the kids get so excited makes it worth it.

    And yes, I LOVE the picnik halloween features, the vampire filter is my fave.

  4. So creative and cute. I love fun crafts for the kiddos. They are always mesmerized and giddy with the final results! The work is so worth it to see their smiling faces. Plus, your house looks good!

  5. What a great blog you have…such a great idea! I love it all!

    I stumbled upon your blog and I just wanted to say hi! Come on over and check out my new site Color Issue…I think you’ll like it :-)


  6. Oh my cuteness!!! I had no idea you could use the chalkboard paint on foam core, so many possibilities! I absolutely love this.

    Just curious, would you consider doing a post on local thrift stores, consignment shops, etc? I’m new to the area and still looking for the best places to bargain shop and the Goodwill in our town leaves something to be desired, so any input on places to check out would absolutely rock!

  7. I LOVE this idea…I normally don’t like “halloweeny” themed stuff. This is sooo clever. Way to go!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for such a fun, easy project idea. I am just about finished with basically an exact copy. Hope you don’t mind:) I like it so much, I think I’m going to do a Christmas version lighting up a chalkboard Christmas tree. Placing them in my very well-covered front entry on the planter basket.

  9. I followed your directions and made one similar. I don’t have your freehand artistic touch, but it still turned out great. Thank you.

  10. Hi…thanks for the info but I ended up with foam board that curled! I used chalkboard paint (not spray paint) so maybe it was too wet. Any advice to uncurl it?

    • Hi Karen, so sorry that happened! I used chalkboard spray paint in very thin coats, that may have been the difference.

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