DIY Paper Towel Roll Kaleidoscope

Take a recycled paper towel roll and some found objects to make this fun kaleidoscope. Kids can make this themselves with a little bit of assistance.


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Do you have an empty paper towel roll? Recycle the roll and turn it into this fun kaleidoscope toy for your kids, you can make 2 kaleidoscopes per roll!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 Kaleidoscopes


  • paper towel roll
  • aluminum foil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • scrapbook paper
  • plastic paper
  • foil
  • scrap piece of cardboard
  • assorted beads
  • pen/pencil


  1. Cut paper towel roll in half to make 2 kaleidoscopes. Option: If you don't want to make 2, you can make 1 and not cut the roll in half.
  2. To make your kaleidoscope look nice wrap with fun, colorful scrapbook paper. Cut paper 1/2" inch larger than the roll and secure with tape.
  3. Using a piece of cardboard (I used waffle cone cardboard packaging) cut out 2 square shapes and then fold in thirds to create a triangle that will fit inside your paper towel roll.
  4. Wrap the cardboard piece with aluminum foil and tape to create triangle shape - the shiny side will be on the inside.
  5. Insert foil wrapped triangle into roll and secure in place with tape.
  6. If you are making 2 kaleidoscopes, trace out 4 paper towel roll sized circles on the plastic sheet and cut out.
  7. If you are making 2 kaleidoscopes, trace out 2 paper towel sized circles on the scrapbook paper and cut out the finder shape you want yours to be whether it be a circle (traditional), or I made hearts, up to you!
  8. Now place the plastic circle over the foil triangle. Add assorted beads.
  9. Once you have added your beads cover with the second plastic circle piece and secure down with tape.
  10. For the other side (viewer side), tape down the heart shaped circle cutout! Then your child has a new toy and it's ready to play with!
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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

What a fun DIY! :)

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