DIY Recycled Googly Eyes




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Crafters enjoy giving new life to old things! So, lets recycle some old medicine wrapper caps into fun googly eyes.

I know, it's nothing big but googly eyes are very useful for a number of craft projects, especially for those who love to craft toys and plushies.

Follow this ible and find out how easily you can make store-bought-like googly/ wobbly eyes in no time!

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make these googly eyes you'll need:

  1. Medicine wrappers,
  2. Scissors,
  3. Thick paper- black and white,
  4. Pencil,
  5. Glue.

Step 2: Preparing the Plastic Cap

Make sure not to pop the plastic cap of the medicine wrapper. Try to take off the foil paper nicely.

Cut out the round plastic cap with scissors.

You will need 2 of these for making a pair of eyes.

Step 3: Cutting the Iris and Sclera

Place the plastic cap on a thick white paper and trace around its edge with a pencil. Cut 2 circles out of white thick paper for the base (sclera).

Cut 4 circles out of black thick paper for the Iris. Glue 2 black circles together to make it thicker., in case you don't have thicker black paper.

Step 4: Making the Googly Eyes

Carefully apply a thin layer of white glue around the white base.

Place the iris right in the center of the base (sclera/ white round piece) making sure it doesn't touch the glue.

Place the plastic cap on the white base, making sure the edge is placed on the thin layer of white glue. Allow the glue to dry.

These recycled googly eyes can be really handy for so many fun crafts. Enjoy!



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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Love it! So simple, yet cool and saves money and the earth! Great idea!!


    3 years ago

    Ridiculous. I love it.


    3 years ago

    wow, I've never thought about medicines in that way :DD

    Great idea. Sometimes things are so simple and obvious that we just don't think of them. I hate throwing away the blister packs (medicine wrappers) from our pills. Most of them aren't round, so won't work for eyes, but I am sure I can come up with something similar for them.

    Pika Power

    4 years ago on Introduction

    really a great idea!!!
    it will help me in my art project for my school!! thanks!!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Can't believe I throw those little medicine wrappers away. NEVER AGAIN! Thank you for this idea.

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Mmm... this is a cute project, but what else can you use besides the medicine case? I buy all my meds in bottles, and don't have a single one of these around the house!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I love that you used the word "sclera". :D Nice project!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    If it's the right size, you could use a hole punch for the iris to get a perfect circle.

    2 replies

    Get a short (about 8..15cm) length of steel tube of each diameter you want, grind or file one end level and file at an angle the outside edge until you have a sharp inner edge. The sharp end can be heat treated or it can be used as is - a fine file will reset the edge when needed - I have made lots of punches that way and used them for leather and soft plastic sheets among others.

    Alternatively, a small compass cutter may come in handy.