The Instructions on How to Build a Styrofoam Model for the Anatomy of the Eye

Written by sue ake | 13/05/2017
The Instructions on How to Build a Styrofoam Model for the Anatomy of the Eye
Create a model of the human eyeball using common craft items. (oeil image by Cyril Comtat from

Models of the human eye make wonderful visuals for eye clinics, teachers and for students. If buying a model of the human eye is not an option, consider creating a homemade model. Building a large model of the human eye may seem like a daunting task, but in reality, the project is quite simple. This fun project requires just a few hours and some common craft items.

Saw the styrofoam ball in half using the knife. Place the flat side down on the paper, and trace around the ball.

Draw and label the parts of the eye on the circle of the paper. Colour the drawing using markers. Cut the drawing out. Spread white glue on the flat side of the styrofoam ball, and press the back of the drawing against the glue. Allow the glue to dry.

Cut the small rubber ball in half. Paint a black dot in the centre of the sphere side of the ball. Allow the paint to dry. Cut the half into halves, slicing through the centre of the black dot.

Plug in the glue gun, insert a glue stick and allow the glue to warm up.

Squeeze a large spot of glue on the back of one-fourth of the rubber ball. Place the rubber ball piece on the styrofoam eye model, so that it corresponds with the location of the iris and pupil.

Draw red lines on the white styrofoam ball to represent veins. Insert a straw into the styrofoam ball in the location of the optic nerve.

Things you need

  • Styrofoam craft ball
  • Knife
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • White glue
  • Small rubber ball
  • Scissors
  • Cool glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Straw

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