Introduction: Creepy Eyes Prank

Make some creepy eyes to put on an unsuspecting sleeping person.

. . . Also great for wearing yourself, so you can sleep virtually undetected during meetings, church services, boring dates, job interviews, funerals, weddings, and so forth.

This is an easy, quick project that's perfect as a silly and harmless prank.

Step 1: Get Some Cheap Ping Pong Balls

You will need some cheap ping pong balls, preferably ones without any markings or writing on them.

I used one ping pong ball to create each eyeball.

You can see in the second photo that the completed half-balls have a little lip left over from where the opposite half was glued in. This overlapping seam serves as a guide to help you while cutting the ball in half, and also keeps the completed half-balls rigid.

Step 2: Rough Cuts

Examine your ping pong balls to see which half is glued into the other half. This is the half you want to cut off and throw away.

Begin by using an exacto blade or other sharp instrument to remove most of this half on each ball.

Step 3: Clean Cuts

Use a sharp pair of small scissors to carefully trim off the remaining material right up to the seam on each ping pong ball.

The edges will still be a little rough, but you should now have two perfect ping pong ball halves similar to the one in the second photo.

Step 4: Sand the Edges

Use 220 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the edges smooth. Don't go overboard . . . it only takes a little.

Step 5: Paint Details

I used acrylic craft paints to add details. Medium flesh tone was used for eyelids, and a greenish-blue color for the irises. Black was added for pupils, and a little white dot to mimic reflecting light.

That's it. Stick them on a sleeping person, and snap some photos!


Treknology made it! (author)2011-08-25

That's what happens when you've had too much coffee!

Alexxxxx made it! (author)Alexxxxx2016-12-23

Why would someone make fake eyeballs when they have had too much coffee?

rxima made it! (author)2016-09-28

can you put an x on them and make people think you're dead? :P

Alexxxxx made it! (author)Alexxxxx2016-12-23

THAT is hilarious!

Catley made it! (author)2016-04-01

Don't see how you could put them under your eyelids! A bit too big,
aren't they? And for me, even the idea of putting in contact lenses that
were made to fit my eyeballs is horrible. But these sure are FUNNY! Thanks.

sleeepy2 made it! (author)sleeepy22016-04-12

This comment is the greatest possible endorsement for this Instructable.

Helen Holden made it! (author)Helen Holden2016-04-05

I think that your lack of understanding is the real joke!

Darcy123 made it! (author)Darcy1232016-04-02

They don't go under the eye lids... the eye lids are PAINTED on the ball to make it LOOK like it is eyes.... then the ball is set OVER the person's closed eyes! :) They never touch the eye, only the outer parts of the person's face they are set onto! :) Yes, very funny indeed!

Catley made it! (author)Catley2016-04-02

Somehow I managed to get my message posted in the wrong place. I meant to be commenting on what mbridges3 wrote:

"coat them with 'shine' (non-toxic), make the edges 'soft', and only paint the iris and pupil....then put them under my eyelids"

Made me shudder.

MacaroniMonkey made it! (author)2016-04-04


bj_wild made it! (author)2016-04-04

I'm an elementary science teacher and made these the other day for an April Fools gag on my students (and colleagues too). They were a hit and pretty easy to put together at the last minute. Thanks!!

seamster made it! (author)seamster2016-04-04

Awesome! Glad you found this and had some fun with it.

I posted this a few years ago, and I still chuckle at the main photo every time I see it. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you made some of these :)

imerrymary made it! (author)2016-04-01

What if you painted the irises about 1/4" off center? You could do crossed eyes, wall-eyes, or they could both look left or right, depending on their placement!! Another dimension of fun!

JeffT19 made it! (author)2016-04-01

Halarious Prank! The person in the picture looks like Rick Harrison with the eyes on!

Narsil made it! (author)2012-09-29

I love these! Instead of painting the pupils, I hand-drilled a 7/32" hole in the center of each iris so I can see through them. I'm looking a little Judge Doom'ish here.

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LaurenP15 made it! (author)LaurenP152015-10-16

This is so great! Exactly what I need to make for my step-son's Halloween costume!

komictoon made it! (author)2015-07-10

what the? it's so freaky

barkingdogbraclets made it! (author)2015-03-31


musicandsky made it! (author)2014-09-25

This is so fun! XD

burns98 made it! (author)2014-05-08

this puts the FUN in FUNerals

dremmettbrown made it! (author)2014-02-03

Talking of funerals...

parisusa made it! (author)2013-09-15

After seeing so many electronic ibles this was refreshing on my brain! So fun and family friendly. I have 2 boys ages 8 & 14...this is right up our alley!

cyberpigue made it! (author)2011-08-25

What's so creepy - he looks just like Rick from Pawn Stars! Okay, maybe it is creepy...

xrobevansx made it! (author)xrobevansx2013-07-12

I was about to post the same thing but wanted to scroll through to make sure I wasn't saying what someone already said!

bajablue made it! (author)bajablue2011-08-25

LOL... you're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pcanywii made it! (author)2013-06-17

htey are so ridiculasly funny!

crapsoup made it! (author)2012-07-25

nice, i had to make a pair.

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crapsoup made it! (author)crapsoup2012-07-25

HA, I just notice the food I had stuck in my teeth, that make this pic so much better!

bajablue made it! (author)2011-10-14


You should enter this in the Halloween Contest!!!

Les Créateliers made it! (author)2011-10-08

LOVE IT!!! So funny!!! I posted it on my website, hope you don't mind... Here's the link:!!!!.html


Avatar_I_Am made it! (author)2011-09-11

Still LingMAO!
I can get into SOOOO much trouble with this!
Can't wait! YEEEEHAAAAA!!!!

Mig Welder made it! (author)2011-08-29

Nice sunglasses tan! I thought it was a strap to attach the eyeballs at first!!

mbridges3 made it! (author)2011-08-28

easily could be perfected with minimal tools and materials... if any of you know 3-d animation, you will understand easily

mbridges3 made it! (author)2011-08-28

coat them with 'shine' (non-toxic), make the edges 'soft', and only paint the iris and pupil....then put them under my eyelids

helpwantedfilms made it! (author)2011-08-22

add some stick on eyelashes for extra detail too

cblair1 made it! (author)cblair12011-08-26

The addition of the eyelashes, convinced me I needed a pair!

mslaynie made it! (author)mslaynie2011-08-25

That would be fantastic!!

cblair1 made it! (author)2011-08-26

I have never laughed so hard in all my life!!! What a good old fashioned fun project!

tlalexander made it! (author)2011-08-25

"Examine your ping pong balls to see which half is glued into the other half. This is the half you want to cut off."

Isn't *each* half glued to the other half? I'm not clear on what you mean here.

mothman0 made it! (author)mothman02011-08-25

I think he means that you want to cut off the half that is glued to the inside of the other half... ie. the "male" half, leaving the "female" half intact.

tlalexander made it! (author)tlalexander2011-08-26

ohh... I see. I read "into" as "to".

cornguy made it! (author)2011-08-25

Cornguy says;

When I was in college more than 50 years ago I put holes for pupils and added bloodshot veins around the irises. I could walk around campus wearing my glasses as usual and see where I was going while freaking out my friends.

jbicb3 made it! (author)jbicb32011-08-25

I did the same thing, but in High School. I remember one shopping trip in Sears with my mother and a friend. I would hide inside a rack of clothes and wait for some unsuspecting shopper to move the clothing aside. :) Ahhh, the good old days. For some reason, my mom remembers this also. 30+ years later.

pineypl made it! (author)pineypl2011-08-25

Brilliant! I totally love it. I will be making a walking around set soon.

Guilherme Cardassi made it! (author)2011-08-25

Boa idéia !!

Brainfade made it! (author)2011-08-25

hahaha, this bit made Me laugh!,.... . Also great for wearing yourself, so you can sleep virtually undetected during meetings,...
Thats funny, thanks for that,

LuzminasCorner made it! (author)2011-08-25

hahahaha this is a great project to get a good laugh!... I will try it! ;D

amoore12 made it! (author)2011-08-25

You can scrape the writings/markings off a ping pong ball with a little patience and an X-acto knife.

angelabchua made it! (author)2011-08-25

i lollered when i read " . . Also great for wearing yourself, so you can sleep virtually undetected during meetings, church services, boring dates, job interviews, funerals, weddings, and so forth."

jwellz made it! (author)2011-08-25

I like the 'sunglasses tan line' on the chap in the photo, I thought the eyes were on a pair of glasses to start with :D

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