Turn A Cardboard Tube Into A Pirate Telescope

DIY Pirate Telescope

My son is obsessed with pirates these days. He’s always play­ing dress up, so I thought it was about time he had a proper pirate tele­scope! With just a few sim­ple sup­plies found around the house and five min­utes, we had our new telescope.

DIY Pirate Telescope

What You Need

  • Card­board tube from a paper towel roll
  • Duct tape in two con­trast­ing colors
  • Craft knife
  • Scis­sors
  • Cut­ting mat
DIY Pirate Telescope

Step 1
Cut or rip off strips of your duct tape and lay each strip care­fully down onto the tube ver­ti­cally. You will want to make sure you have a lit­tle bit of hang over at each edge. Lay one strip at a time!

DIY Pirate Telescope

Step 2
After each strip of tape is attached, use your scis­sors to cut the ends into fringe. This will allow you to push each fringe down inside the tube to get a clean look on the out­side of your tele­scope. If you want to have more of the inside cov­ered, just make your strips longer so the fringe reaches far­ther into the inside of the tube.

DIY Pirate Telescope

Step 3
Now it’s time to dec­o­rate! We wanted to make an “E” for our cap­tain, but you could make polka dots, stripes, or even a skull and cross­bones! Lay a strip of tape down onto the cut­ting mat and care­fully cut your design with the craft knife.

DIY Pirate Telescope

Step 4
Pull your design up off of the cut­ting mat and place it on your telescope.

DIY Pirate Telescope

That’s it! Have a great time pirat­ing with your new telescope :)

  • Tess @ Tips on Life and Love

    This is so cute! What a lucky lit­tle boy! I remem­ber spend­ing hours play­ing in a card­board box, and I think if I had this, I would have been a lit­tle more cre­ative (haha).

  • kfaris13

    Def­i­nitely doing this with our 3 yo daugh­ter this week­end. She is a big fan of Jake and Never Land Pirates and never misses an oppor­tu­nity to appro­pri­ate used paper towel and TP tubes for spy­ing from the Crows Nest:)

  • t.potts

    We love Jake too!

  • t.potts

    Aye, Aye. Me thinks me tiny mateys will get a kick outa this here craft.