Paper tube kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscopes are always fascinating to play with, for both kids and adults. The variations of shapes and colors are very intriguing to the eyes and can leave one wondering how it is possible. Instead of buying a kaleidoscope however, making it from recyclable materials makes it way more fun and allows the kids to learn about how it works.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty kitchen paper roll or paper tube
  • Colored paper and paint for decoration
  • Glue
  • Thin plastic
  • Beads
  • Metallic or mirror paper
  • Scissors

Step 1:

From the metallic or mirror paper, cut out three 1.5-inch strips. The length should be a smaller than the length of the paper tube.


Step 2:

Tape the 3 strips together to form a triangular cylinder with the shiny surfaces on the inside.

Step 3:

Insert the triangular cylinder into the paper tube with space remaining at the top.

Step 4:

Trace two circles using the paper roll onto the thin plastic and then cut them out.

Step 5:

Place one of the circle plastic piece on top of the triangular cylinder inside the paper roll.


Step 6:

Put some beads on top of the plastic.


Step 7:

Paste the last piece of plastic circle on top of the beads and onto the edges of the paper roll.

Step 8:

Cut out another circle from a piece of paper and make a circular punch on the centre. Cover the open side of the paper roll with it.


Step 9:

Decorate the exterior anyway you’d like and it’s done!


Now you have kaleidoscope to entertain yourself with. Feel free to try different combinations of beads, small pieces of confetti and other colorful materials to see what different patterns you can form!