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How to Paint Your Own Craft Eyes

I stock lots of pretty colors of craft eyes in my shop. But, what do you do if you want something I don’t have? Like pink eyes? Or glitter eyes? Or polka dot eyes? Hmm… those would be hard to find.

how to paint glitter eyes from FreshStitches

You can paint them yourself! Today, I’ll show you how to paint your own craft eyes! All you need is clear craft eyes and some paint. And since there are oh, about a thousand, colors of paint available… the possibilities are endless!

Scroll down for the video!

Glitter eyes!

Have you seen Beanie Boos? They’re the new generation of Beanie Babies… and they have glitter eyes!

I’ve been getting lots of requests for glitter eyes, because you want to add this awesome touch to your own stuffed animal creations. I can’t find anywhere where they are commercially available… but, I have found the perfect glitter paint!


Glitter eyes from FreshStitches

Aren’t these amazing? And they’re even more sparkly in person!

Glamour Dust paint is fantastic!

paint square

It’s so much fun!

How to Paint Your Own Craft Eyes

Painting your own craft eyes is easy! All you need is some acrylic paint and clear craft eyes.

Paint your own craft eyes

You’ll get more details in the video below, but here are the basic steps:

  1. Apply a thin coat of acrylic paint to the back of the craft eye
  2. Allow paint to dry
  3. Repeat. I’ve applied 2-3 thin coats for maximum glitter

Of course… you can do fun patterns or stripes. Your imagination is the only limit! (and keep following the blog, I’m planning on posting some more tutorials… I’ve already painted some great 2-color ombre eyes!)

Video Tutorial

I filmed this tutorial before I got the fancy palettes, and I realize my thumb is often in the way… oops! But, I think you get the idea!




Isn’t that easy? And here’s the result!


Glitter eyes from FreshStitches

Ready to paint your own?

Get a glitter eyes kit or just some glitter paint and give it a try!

The kit contains 3 colors of clear eyes: 12mm, 15mm and 18mm. I’m working on making these available individually, but for now, the only way to get all three sizes is to get the kit!

Sorry – the kits are no longer available, but you can get the paint here.

Get glittery! 🙂


  1. What a cute and simple way to make a project stand out. Who doesn’t love glitter?

  2. Deb Cannon SAYS...

    Amieyes on Etsy sells sparkly eyes for a very reasonable price. Plus a number of other special effects. Take a look! (No not affiliated in any way, just a satisfied customer)

    • Yes, there are a number of shops that sell hand-painted glitter eyes. This post is for folks who’d like to do it themselves… clear eyes are about 25% of the cost of finished ones. A big savings if you do a lot!
      Also, painting the eyes yourself gives you a lot of options… shops don’t always have the color you’d like available 🙂

      • Anonymous SAYS...

        I LOVE this going to try some I can vever find the colors I want

  3. Nikki SAYS...

    How can we make it water proof? so that the paint doesn’t come off.