Courtesy of Darice®
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 45 Minutes
How to Make a DIY Kaleidoscope
If you're in search of a new creative craft for the kids, try this DIY Kaleidoscope! Whether you make these at a birthday party or at home on a rainy day, this project is sure to keep little ones entertained for hours.
Cut mirror sheet
Begin by cutting the mirror sheet into three 2 1/2"x 1 1/2" rectangles. You can get 8 pieces from one mirror sheet. These pieces will form the triangular prism that will be inserted into the body of the push-pop. Lay the pieces next to each other, face down and scotch tape edges together.
Insert mirrors into push-pop
Peel off the protective covering on the mirror pieces. Fold the other 2 edges together to create a triangular shape and secure with another piece of tape. Open the push-pop container and remove plunger. Insert prism into tube. It should fit snuggly.
Punch hole for viewing disk
Punch a 1 3/4" circle out of a dark colored piece of cardstock. Punch a 5/16" hole into the center of this circle. This will be the viewing disk. Run a thin line of glue around the viewing end of the tube and the inner eye hole. Set the viewing disk on top and let dry.
Use your Hercules tape to attach cardstock around the outside of the tube and decorate as desired.
Add compartment for beads
Punch a 1 3/4" circle out of the clear, plastic jewlery card and set circle inside tube just on the top of the prism. This circle should also have a close fit. Set dome lid on table and loosely fill with any small assortment of colored, transparent beads, diamonds etc. Items must be able to move around inside dome.
Align the tube with the dome cap and snap back onto tube. Be sure to fully secure dome lid. Hold your kaleidoscope up to a light source and rotate to create a colorful display!