DIY Kaleidoscope

DIY Kaleidoscope

What You'll Need: 

Push Pop 6 pc
Plastic Mirror 6" x 9" sheet
PVC Jewelry Card 
Glitter Core'dinations Paper 
Gemz Strips
Bingo Chips
Asst. Plastic Novelty Beads 
Transparent Asst. Sead Beads
Diamond Ice
EK Success 1 3/4" Paper Punch
5/16" Darice Hole Punch
Hercules Tape 
Scotch Tape
Tacky Glue

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.
  • 1 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. 

  • 2 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.

  • 3 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. 

  • 4 Decorate surface

    Use your Hercules tape to attach cardstock around the outside of the tube and decorate as desired. 

  • 5 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. 

  • 6 Secure lid

    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!