Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Adults and children alike love them. Best dragon craft ever! (Except for our Dragon Egg of course.) You can use regular paints to make these but I’ve listed the things I found that make them the easiest to create. View detailed photos and a video below!
NOTE: You can use regular paints with tiny thin brushes in place of the Sharpie paint pens. I tested both methods and preferred the pens as it was neater, easier and quicker to use.
- Flat Clear filler marbles in the size you want. Typical is 3/4″ inch.(You can get these at most Dollar Stores, Walmart etc.)
- Metallic Sharpie Paint Pens, Thin Or regular gold or silver metallic paint and a thin brush.
- Black Sharpie Paint Pen or Black Paint and a thin brush.
- Metallic acrylic paint for background. (I used green, purple and blue and purchased them at Walmart)
- Jewelry findings if desired to make necklaces, rings, pins etc.
The marbles come in various sizes. The typical size is about 3/4″.
These are the tools I found work the easiest. However you can use regular paints to make the pupils and outline them. It just takes a very fine brush and a steadier hand. The paint markers make it a lot easier.
Because the marbles act as a magnifying glass it’s important to make the pupil very thin and keep it away from the edges. Otherwise when it’s turned over it appears to run over the edge. Make sure to let it dry well before doing the metallic outlines.
If you’re using regular paint for your edging you can use a toothpick to make the dots. Allow your outlines and dots to dry before moving on.
Make sure to put the back color on a bit thick and keep it away from the edge. Allow to dry thoroughly before handling.
We put our Dragon Eyes into our No Sew Drawstring Pouch.
Yes… there is indeed an official day to celebrate dragons! January 16th of every year is “Appreciate a Dragon Day“. It’s one of those observances you might not be aware of unless of course you travel in dragon circles. We’re big fans of dragons over here so we decided to post a few extra cool ideas we found across the web in honor of the day. As is typical here at Our Peaceful Planet the ideas are aimed at adults but that doesn’t mean kids can do some of them too! I mean we are talking dragons here.
Sew a Sock Dragon
How cute is this little guy? And he’s made from socks! View the full tutorial here.
Do Some Dragon Word Searches
Who doesn’t love a good word search. Download a pdf of three below.
Listen to Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul & Mary
Depending on your age this will take you back! If your too young to remember it but love dragons its a MUST listen.
Make a Dragon Bookmark
This tutorial shows you how to fold this nifty little dragon corner bookmark. View complete instructions here.
Grab Some Popcorn
You might already have some dragon videos in your collection. If so this is the day to pull a couple out! If you don’t own any you can always find some to stream online. Netflix has a great selection if your a member. So does Amazon Video On Demand streaming movies. I’ve linked to some of those below.
Make Your Very Own Dragon Egg
This is our own tutorial which shows how to make this beautiful dragon egg with a foam egg and some thumbtacks! View full tutorial here.
Print, Color & Assemble This Flying Dragon
Get image here. Save to computer, print, cut, color & assemble.
Download A Free Quote To Hang
This is also from our personal collection. This quote hangs in our home. (pdf)
Make a Dragon Cake
Print & Color These Nice Dragon Drawings
Sew a Dragon Hat
The tutorial shows a baby in the example. But the pattern is easily adaptable for any size including adults! Full instructions here.
Grab a Book
I’ve read dozens of books through the years on dragons my first being The Hobbit. Pull out any that you might have for another read! Below is a link to Amazon books about dragons.
Print, Cut & Wear a Dragon Mask
Put Dragon Wallpaper On Your Computer
I regularly have a dragon as one of my desktop backgrounds. (You see mine below.)
Play an Online Game With Dragons
There are video games out there that allow you to actually fly on dragons!
Wear Something With a Dragon On It
Feel free to pin and share this guy below and encourage others to celebrate this most awesome day!
This guy was so awesome we felt bad eating him! What little kid… or even grownup would not love a dragon cake! Our daughter Jennifer made this and I wanted to share it though we only have a few visuals. The photos were taken long before I decided to do this series so I’ve asked Jennifer to share how she made it as well as she could recall. She used no pattern. It turned out pretty amazing.
Basic Instructions for a Dragon Cake
- Three boxes of cake mix
- Two round 9″ cake pans
- One 13 inch by 9 inch cake pan
- Cut the pieces out and stack them together with frosting in between to hold them in place.
- Freeze it overnight.
- The next day shave it down and shape it how you want.
- Cover the entire thing in a thin coat of frosting and applied pink fondant.
- Purple and silver frosting spray was used for shading. (It’s like food coloring spray or edible airbrushing spray stuff)
- Edible glitter.
- Make the wings out of paper and the eyes and features out of fondant painted with food coloring.
Visual How To
This is are second dragon egg post! The first was a larger version made with a foam egg and thumbtacks. This is a smaller one in a completely different style.
- Regular plastic Easter eggs or any plastic egg. ( You could even use silly putty eggs from the dollar store.)
- Low temp hot glue gun with small nozzle.
- Fine sand paper. I had a sanding sponge and used that. But any fine paper will work.
- Black paint, glossy. I used spray paint.
- Silver paint, glossy. I also used spray paint.
- Toilet paper or tissue paper for dobbing silver paint on.
- If you only have flat paint use a gloss spray at the end. It really needs that for the look.
- Sand the area around the egg where it opens with fine sandpaper. This helps keep it from showing up especially if it makes a ridge.
- Using a low melt fine tipped glue gun draw designs on your egg. They do not have to be perfect in any way. Do not worry about the little fine strings that tend to be caused by a glue gun. They add to the appearance.
- Spray paint egg with black paint. My white eggs had a hole in them which allowed me to place them on a thin stick for spraying. You could also drill a small hole in the bottom for that purpose yourself. Let dry.
- Spray a puddle of silver spray paint on a paper plate. (This was the only silver paint I had. I’m sure other types would be fine but this worked great.)
- Take a wadded up tissue and lightly dab on the metallic paint onto the egg. You can go as heavy as you like. It’s really hard to mess these up.
Sand the ridge down with fine sandpaper where the egg opens.
With a low temperature smaller tipped glue gun (if possible) draw on designs. You do not have to be a skilled artist. (I am most definitely not.) Don’t worry about the fine strings the hot glue tends to make. Those add to the look of it!
Spray paint your egg black. If it has no hole you could drill a small one so you can stick it on something for spraying if desired.
Spray a puddle of silver paint onto a paper plate. Other metallic paint would also work. I just used what I had.
With a tissue dob on the silver paint till it looks how you like. Super easy.
The finished egg. (I told you the stringy things make it look cool!)
Display Your Egg Most Awesomely!
I found the perfect way to display your new dragon egg! Make a bell jar case out of a plastic soda bottle! TUTORIAL HERE
Both Eggs Displayed In My Library (1st Egg Tutorial)