Experimenting with safety eyes is a great way to add personality to amigurumi. This post includes tons of different safety eyes ideas and some DIY tips!

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When we start making amigurumi, most of us start out using what we can find in the craft store – typically the Darice brand plain black eyes in either 6 mm, 9 mm, or 12 mm. They’re reasonably priced, good quality eyes – you can’t go wrong with them!

After you’ve been making amigurumi for a while and start to get comfortable, you might want to start playing around with facial expressions.

A really simple way to do that is to switch up the eyes you’re using. Using a different type of safety eye can totally change the personality of your amigurumi.

I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite safety eyes and a few cool DIY safety eye projects for you to try.

Don’t be afraid to play around! Nothing is permanent until you snap the back on. After that you’ll need a chainsaw (or a very steady hand and some wire snips).

Before we get into eyes, did you know that there’s a tool for snapping those blasted backs on? Yeah, me neither.

I accidentally discovered it this month, after years of killing my fingers and using kitchen towels and rubber jar openers.

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Game changer! If I had to choose one size, I’d definitely go with the smaller one. My fingers can usually make 9 mm and larger eyes work, but those 6 mm eyes…I stopped using them until I found this tool.

Free/almost free safety eye hack: use a flat metal washer from the hardware store.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, onward to safety eyes!

Glow in the dark  safety eyes from The Tiny Garden

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own! Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

SO many colors from 6060

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

GIANT safety eyes (20 mm) from Mister Eyes

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

GINORMOUS eyes (40 mm) from 6060 eyes

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

(For reference, the eyes on Hugamonster 2.0 (pattern coming soon!) are 24 mm – I can’t even fathom how awesomely huge 40 mm safety eyes are!)

 

Oval cartoon eyes from Good Accessories 1

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Huge cartoon eyes (40 mm!) from Krama BY

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Hand painted cat eyes by Tiny Amigurumi

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Hand painted spider eyes (eeek!) from 6060

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Glow in the dark cat eyes by Creations by Devlin

 

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Comic eyes from While She Naps

 

Double eyes (they look like Mr. Potato Head eyes!) from Good Accessories 1

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Oval safety eyes from Yeah Shop

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

I love you eyes would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day amigurumi!

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Pink oval safety eyes by Fen Fen Accessories

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Many colors of oval eyes by Glass Eyes Online

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Googly frog eyes from 6060

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

These remind me of Muppet eyes!

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Safety eyes aren’t just for amigurumi. This painting cracks me up!

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Fresh Stitches has a bunch of different safety eyes. This winking eye is the best!

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own! Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

I haven’t bought eyes from some of these shops (yet!), but I have had great experiences with 6060. They have a huge selection, their prices are good, and they ship quickly. (6060 didn’t pay me to say that, I just really like them!)

You’re not limited to just buying safety eyes, though. Making them can be their own fun DIY project!

If you have a steady hand you could try painting your own clear safety eyes using nail polish. The hand-painted ones have a little extra sparkle! (The one on the right is the hand-painted eye – go check out the post for more comparisons!)

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

MyGurumi’s hand painted safety eyes are next-level awesome, check them out!

Crocheting a background for your safety eyes or embroidering around them is a great way to embellish plain black safety eyes, and it looks even more awesome with hand painted ones!

You could even try casting your own safety eyes using resin! Uh oh. I feel a new hobby coming on.

Want to take your amigurumi to the next level? It's in the safety eyes. This post talks about the many different kinds of safety eyes along with tips and ways to make your own!

Do you have a bucket full of safety eyes and can’t remember what size they are?  Stacey at Fresh Stitches shares some tips on how to figure out what size you have.

Did you know that you can trim the post on the back of the safety eyes? I recently crocheted a covering for a glass jar (stay tuned for the pattern, it’s super cute!). I wanted to use safety eyes, but the posts were going to push the crochet out at an odd angle.  I just used wire snips to cut the posts off close to the backing. If you wanted extra security, you could dab some super glue on the ends. (I don’t recommend modifying safety eyes in this way on a toy that a child might play with.)

While I was writing this post, I snagged a few different kinds of eyes to play with (blogging is an expensive hobby!). I’m designing another creature along the lines of Hugamonster and fun safety eyes are part of the plan. Also, stay tuned for Hugamonster 2.0 later this week. Lots of people asked for a bigger Hugamonster, so I made a ragdoll style pattern! 🙂

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Experimenting with safety eyes is a great way to add personality to amigurumi. This post includes tons of different safety eyes ideas and some DIY tips!

So what are your go-to safety eyes?  Have you made any projects using interesting safety eyes? Please feel free to share a link/photo in the comments!

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xoxo,

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