How to Make Fake Eyes

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How to Make Fake Eyes
Fake eyes help make this tiger look realistic and ferocious. (fake animals image by Luisafer from

Making fake eyes is sometimes necessary for a theatre or film production or if you're making your own dolls or mannequins. In either case, it's important that your eyes look realistic. Luckily, it's easier than most think to make realistic fake eyes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Spoon
  • 2 empty roll-on deodorant bottles
  • Soap
  • Paper towel
  • Drill
  • Hanger
  • Masking tape
  • White craft paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • Paper
  • 2 dimes
  • Pencil
  • Magic markers
  • 1 box or shingle nail of any length
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Epoxy
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Using a spoon, scoop out the plastic ball from two roll-on bottles of deodorant. Wash them in hot water with soap then pat them dry with a paper towel.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole a quarter of the way in through each plastic ball. Use a drill bit that is big enough to create a hole that a wire hanger will fit through but small enough so the wire hanger piece won't fall out.

  3. 3

    Unfold a wire hanger and wrap a 2- to 3-inch piece of masking tape around each end to help the wire fit snugly into the hole in each ball. Stick one end of the hanger into the hole in each ball. This will give you something to grip when you're painting the balls.

  4. 4

    Pour some white paint on a small paper plate and fold a paper towel in half on a diagonal and then in half again. This will create a folded triangle shape. Dip the top point of your triangle in the white paint and pat it on each plastic ball, repeating this process until the eyeballs are covered. Set them aside.

  5. 5

    Trace two dimes with a pencil on a sheet of white paper. Colour in each dime shape any shade that you want with a magic marker. This will be the iris. Turn a box nail or shingle nail of any length upside down and trace it in the dead centre of each iris. Colour in that smaller circle black with magic marker. This will be the pupil.

  6. 6

    Cut out the two eyes you just drew. Dab a drop of glue onto the back of each one. Press each one down firmly in place on the exact front and middle of each eyeball. Allow to dry.

  7. 7

    Pour some epoxy onto another paper plate. Dip your paintbrush into it and cover each eyeball, quickly and completely, with this substance. This will act as both a sealant and give your eyeballs a realistic appearance.

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