How to Make a 3D Eye With Materials

    by Kelly Sundstrom

    About the Author

    Kelly Sundstrom is a national special needs spokesperson and writer. She writes content for major brands, magazines and newspapers, including Gather News, STACK Magazine, Colgate, Kudzu, LIVESTRONG and Lowe's Home Improvement. She currently has over 6500 digital and print articles in publication. Her awards include the 2012 Skyword High Flyer Award and the 2009 Demand Media Top Content Creator Award.


    If you are teaching human anatomy to elementary-age students, you can make the curriculum more interactive by providing the kids with a hands-on model of a human body part, such as an eye. Although you can buy a 3-D eye model from an educational supply company, it can be costly. One solution is to make your own 3-D eye model out of a few basic craft materials that can be purchased from an art store.

    Things You'll Need

    • 8-inch diameter foam ball
    • White acrylic paint
    • Foam paintbrush
    • Brown modeling clay
    • Black modeling clay
    • 2-inch round lens from an old pair of glasses
    • Hot glue gun

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    Hold the foam ball in one hand. Push and press the unsharpened end of a pencil into the foam ball to make a 2-inch-wide, 2-inch-deep hole.

    Paint the outside of the foam ball with white acrylic paint, using a foam paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry for 1 hour.

    Press a ball of brown modeling clay into the hole for the iris of the eye.

    Press a 1-inch circle of black modeling clay into the iris for the pupil of the eye.

    Squeeze a thin line of hot glue around the hole, using a hot glue gun. Press the circular lens over the hole and onto the glue. Allow the glue to cool for 5 minutes before displaying the 3-D eye model.

    • Students can make their own 3D Eye with provided materials.
    • Children under the age of 12 should not use a hot glue gun.