If you search for book sculptures on the internet, you’ll come across some incredible creations, including one that stares right back at you – artist Hubertus Gojowczyk’s “Latest News.” With Halloween on the brain, I thought this would make the coolest, spooky prop for my favourite time of the year.
- 2 eyeballs
- utility knife
- white glue
- glue stick
1. This project is strictly for Halloween happy adults, for the very obvious reason that it involves using a utility knife. Having said that, even adults need to be careful.
You may have an old book in your home just waiting to be recycled. If not, yard sales, thrift shops and used book stores are great places to find one. Eyeballs are a bit trickier. I first tried this project using the larger, white eyeballs shown in the above photo. They were from a dollar store, and while they will work, the look is not quite as effective as a nice pair of glass-like eyeballs. They can easily be found online, or try bead shops, where I lucked out and found the ones I ended up using. Another option is making your own resin eyeballs.
2. Open up the book around the halfway point, and flatten. With a pencil, sketch in the eyeball shapes on both sides. Begin carefully carving into the book along the pencil lines, to create an eyeball shape like the eyeballs you will be inserting. Every once in a while, lift up a section of pages, and hold the eyeball under the hole to make sure you are framing it properly. Adjust accordingly, and keep carving until the space is as deep as you want.
3. Determine the placement of the eyeballs, and glue them in position with white glue.
Place a heavy book on top and allow to dry. Using a glue stick, glue some of the pages together. If you have a great deal of patience, you may want to glue them all, or bribe the kids instead