A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: SPOOKY SCARY glow-in-the-dark CAT EYES

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05 October 2012

SPOOKY SCARY glow-in-the-dark CAT EYES

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Pretty scary aren’t they?  Just wait until it gets dark out….that’s when those “cat” eyes start to get really creepy…
It all started when I received my box of product from the illustrious Mod Podge.  Inside was an assortment of goodies including a
glow-in-the dark mod podge and an antique glazing mod podge.  I had an epiphany when I headed to the basement for laundry.

Wreath Forms.  Old Sheets.  Cheesecloth.

wreath forms

Have you ever seen these metal rings at garage sales and didn’t know what they were for?  I did, but I bought them anyway at 25 cents a pop.  Lucky for me, I now have a full assortment of the forms and I finally know what they are for…not that I’m using them for wreaths or anything…
For this project, I simply placed the form into an old white pillowcase.  Then cut a rough outline around the form, leaving an inch or so on each side.  Hot glue the ends to the back of the circle.  Stretch cheesecloth over the front of the form and attach to the back with hot glue.
 cut around wreath formsheet hot glued to formcheesecloth over fabric
Then you get to break out the mod podge.  Simply apply the mod podge around the edges first, defining the rim of the wreath form.  Then start applying the product towards the center of the form until the entire eye is covered.
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Cut eyes out of black felt and pupils out of leftover white sheeting.  The white pupils is contrary to nature, but important when using glow-in-the-dark products.  The glow will be much more pronounced on a light fabric than on a darker one.  I decided to make this set of eyes angry, so they received angry eyebrows made out of chopsticks wrapped in black felt.

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See that thing sticking out of the eye?  That is a solar light to make the eyes glow from the back.

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Why the solar lights?  Well, the glow-in-the-dark paint works, but it doesn’t last unless it is under a black light. 
Sad, I know!  Aren’t they cool looking?
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Instead of relying on the glow-in-the-dark paint alone, I decided to uplight the eyes and now they are sufficiently spooky. 
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If you look closely in some of the photos, you might see other eyes in the distance.
There is a whole family of creepy eyeballs around our yard this time of year…
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Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker Friday, October 05, 2012  

So creative Amy! I never would have thought of that. My boys would love that, I'll have to hit the garage sales this weekend to look for some wreath forms!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles Friday, October 05, 2012  

Way cool! It would be creepy to walk by your yard at night :) "Something is staring at me!"

Inspire Me Heather Friday, October 05, 2012  

Love it Amy! They do look great, not too creepy - just right!

Amy Renea Friday, October 05, 2012  

You guys are too nice - thank you :)

Lyuba - that was totally what I was thinking -- hoping I wouldn't freak out people in cars though - oh my!!

Ginger Friday, October 05, 2012  

Eek! Those are spooky! My kiddos would LOVE those in our yard.

Janel from NellieBellie Friday, October 05, 2012  

Oh wow!! That is uber creative....I wouldn't have thought of that!! So cool!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com Friday, October 05, 2012  

I love it!!! Now I need to be thinking! I want to add something to my porch...SO FUN! XO, Aimee

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Friday, October 05, 2012  

they turned out great after all! i love them! creepy!

Gwendolyn Whitfield Friday, October 05, 2012  

Hahah! That is awesome! You are so funny...

keri @ shaken together Friday, October 05, 2012  

These are SO fun ... I think my bushes need some creepy glow in the dark eyes, too!

Laurali Piersall Friday, October 05, 2012  

That is really cute! Plus, you got to love Mod Podge, that stuff is fantastic!

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