How to make a Kaleidoscope

How to make a Kaleidoscope

Thanks to many blog posts and You Tube tutorials I decided that a Kaleidoscope would be our final and more time consuming task for Pippin Camp. Below are basic instructions of how we went about making them. 

Firstly you will need to decide what kind of tube you are going to use, ideally recycling a paper towel tube for a quick project like this would be the way to go, but I didn't have enough empty Kitchen Paper Towel rolls for 9 girls and thought Toilet rolls would be too small. So after looking stationary supply stores I decided my choices were mailing tubes (too expensive) or Pringles Chips (the kids voted Pringles).

Many of the blogs suggested using tinfoil/aluminium foil for the triangle that gets placed inside the tube, but after having a play I decided that it wasn't reflective enough.  The answer was reflective cardstock (I got this from Craft Haven, in New Plymouth, I comes in two sizes A4 or 12 x 12).

You will also need beads and gems for the light and paper to reflect, on my facebook page earlier this week I mentioned about finding a new shop in Stratford The Bead Hold.  I decided for the Pippin Camp that my beads from the The Bead Hold were too precious and we ended up using sequins and gems from a little shop we have in our town called "The Cool Shop", they were the kind of gems you pick up for a couple of dollars from any Dollar Shop or Emporium.

Heres a basic list of the supplies needed.


Reflective Card

Plain piece of white printer paper

Washi Tape to decorate 

Clear binding front page. (I got mine from Warehouse Stationary)

Sellotape/Packing Tape.

Gems, beads, sprinkles.

Ruler, paper cutter and scissors, double sided tape or glue

1. Empty the tin of Pringles, either into an airtight container or feed to the kids.

2. Measure three strips of card, I used 6.5cm pieces, join them together with tape (washi or sellotape) into a triangle foil on the inside.  

3. Punch a hole into the metal end of the tin with a hammer and nail and with the plastic lid either adhere glue or double sided tape (we used tape at Pippin Camp, it worked a treat).  

4. Then attach the gems etc to the plastic lid.  In between the foil triangle and the lid I placed a piece of clear plastic so we could put more loose gems and bead.

5. The next step was making the cylinder safe from little people.  We sealed the lids down with Packing Sellotape and then wrapped a piece of standard printer paper around the tin.  The girls then covered the tins in washi.

They were very happy with their results.

Hopefully these instructions were of some help.


Posted: Saturday 16 July 2016