For some crafts, you need to have high-quality items for your creations. However, for some crafts, such as this wiggly eye pumpkin dollar store craft, you can use materials of a, shall we say, less robust standard.

For more great Halloween ideas – check out the RedHeadedPatti Halloween Pinterest Board.

If you are making crafts with the kids it’s possible you’ll end up putting them in the recycle bin within a couple of weeks. The crafts that I mean, not the kids. So why not get your supplies from the dollar store? The kids won’t notice any difference in the paper plates, the glue, the paint, or the tissue paper. However, your wallet will thank you for it.

This quick and easy wiggly eye pumpkin dollar store craft goes together in under 30 minutes.


Wiggly Eye Pumpkin Craft
  • Dollar Store Foam Pumpkins. You can use any kind of dollar store pumpkin really. I just chose to use foam pumpkins because it is inevitable that one will be dropped on a foot at some point.
  • Dollar Store Wiggly Eyes. Some dollar stores have more interesting glow-in-the-dark or bloodshot options available at this time of year.
  • Acrylic Craft Paint. We have used black but purple would also be a fabulous option.
  • Liquid Glue.
  • Paintbrush.

Wiggly Eye Pumpkins: Dollar Store Craft – Instructions

Wiggly Eye Pumpkin Craft

Step One

Paint a basecoat of black craft paint onto your pumpkin and let it dry. Apply a second and a third coat, if necessary. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before applying the next.

Wiggly Eye Pumpkin Craft

Step Two

Apply dots of liquid glue on the surface of the pumpkin. Then place wiggle eyes on in a random fashion, filling in all available spaces. We found it was better to do a strip at the top of the pumpkin first. Then we added a second strip and finally a third, uneven strip to look like drips. This prevented the glue drying before we could get to it with the eyes.

 wiggly eye pumpkin dollar store craft

A great craft project to complete with the kiddos and you can work on sorting and counting as you craft.

Maybe you’re up for something a little more complex – but still very simple? If so, you might like to try our Homemade Candy Corn Soaps.

homemade candy corn soap
Wiggly Eye Pumpkin Craft