Heeey everyone! Today’s post will be all about my DIY custom book Funko Pops and how you can go about making your own, too (also another reason for me to brag about these because I really love how they turned out!)
I love Funko Pops and I currently have almost 50. But unfortunately, Funko really doesn’t sell any figures from books, only movies and tv characters. Soo, it’s up to us readers to find and customize our own pops that best fit how we see our favorite literary characters! I first set out to buy some DIY book pops, but most of them are pretty expensive, considering how much work goes into making them. Instead, I thought I’d use my artistic skills and try to make my own!
Unfortunately I don’t have any tutorial or in-progress pictures of making these pops. I made them a couple months before I even thought of making this blog and didn’t document my process well since a lot of it was trial and error. But in the end I’m really really happy with how they all came out, and now I have custom Funkos for two of my favorite book series ever: Shades of Magic and Six of Crows!!
Before you start looking for potential funkos, I’d suggest using your resources to gather some research. One of the things that helped me most was FAN ART. I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of fan art because there is just SO much out there and seeing my favorite characters come to life is one of my absolute favorite things ever. I’ll never have enough fan art. But it’s also very useful in deciding what you want your custom funko to look like. It was a big help in sculpting things like Alucard’s hair, Lila’s mask and Kaz’s cane. Also, of course the book descriptions are always helpful 🙂
There’s a whole load of different tutorials out there for making your own funkos, but here are some of the materials, steps and tricks I used to make mine:
-Funko figures you want to customize (head, body, accessories)
-Exacto knife/sculpting tools
-Sculpey oven-bake clay
Start with finding existing funko figures that are close to what you would imagine the character would look like. I’ll include all of the funkos I used for these in a list at the bottom of this post. Funko does sell blank figures, but I think it’d take a lot more work and the poses are kind of weird, in my opinion. You can combine different heads on different bodies, so don’t feel obligated to use only one figure per character.
Once you have your funkos, wash them with soap and water. If you’re changing the colors of the funko’s hair or clothes, use acetone to remove as much paint on the funko as possible (you don’t really have to get it all, just a majority). Then, fully submerge your funkos in hot water for a couple minutes, until the glue dissolves and you’re easily able to pry the head from the body.
Then, it’s time to customize! You can use Sculpey to add new details like more hair/bangs directly on the funko or you can also separately sculpt new clothing or accessories and super glue them on later. Use an exacto knife to cut away any unwanted pieces (I found it easiest to do this by again putting the funko in hot water. It makes the plastic softer). Once you’re done sculpting, place the newly sculpted funko/accessories in the oven according to the clay’s listed baking time. Allow the clay to cool and harden after removing from oven.
Now, you can paint your funkos! Paint anything you sculpted or change the color of the existing funkos outfit to match something your book character wears. Add any sculpted accessories like knives, canes or jewelry with super glue. Then, use more super glue to attach the head onto the body you want!
Finally, show off your funkos! Give them a home on your bookshelf next to your favorite books and post pictures of them anywhere and everywhere! 🙂 I think once I add up all my material costs, these ended up costing me around $10 per funko, which I think is a pretty good deal!
Hope you guys enjoyed this mini tutorial! If you have any questions at all, let me know. And if you decide to make your own bookish funkos, please send me pics! I’d love to see how they turn out 🙂
Here’s the list of all the funkos I used for mine in case you’d like to make similar ones:
Shades of Magic
Kell: Newt Scamander (Fantastic Beasts)
Lila: Daisy Johnson (Agents of Shield) head / Emily (Dishonored 2) body
Rhy: Eleven (Stranger Things 2) head / Black Jack Randall (Outlander) body
Alucard: Black Jack Randall (Outlander) head / Captain Salazar (Pirates of the Caribbean) body
Holland: Snape head (HP) / Director Orson Krennic (Star Wars) body
Six of Crows
Kaz: Percival Graves (Fantastic Beasts)
Inej: Valkyrie (Thor: Ragnarok)