How to Make a Cardboard Kaleidoscope

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Recy­cle a card­board enve­lope into a super cool kalei­do­scope in only 5 min­utes! It’s a blast to make, and kids will have fun explor­ing their sur­round­ings with it afterward.

Let’s get started!

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

What You Need

  • 1 thin card­board enve­lope or a piece of cardboard
  • Metal­lic adhe­sive paper
  • Duct tape (I used metal­lic and yellow)
  • Painter or Scotch tape
DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Tools

  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Cut­ting mat
  • Pen­cil
  • Scis­sors

Note: Chil­dren 7 years and older can make this project with adult super­vi­sion. Chil­dren 3 years and up can help with putting it together and will have fun explor­ing with it!

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Step 1
To make your tri­an­gle tube, you need to start with 3 pieces of card­board sized 1 x 4 1/3 inches (3 x 11 cm). Mark the dimen­sions on the card­board and cut each piece out with knife and ruler.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Step 2
Cut a piece of foil a lit­tle larger than your three card­board pieces com­bined, about 4 1/3 x 5 inches (11 x 13 cm). Lay the three card­board pieces on top of the foil and trim away the over­hang. Fold the card­board (with the foil inside) into a tube. Tape it together.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Step 3
Dec­o­rate your kalei­do­scope with dif­fer­ent col­ored duct tape. I used sil­ver and yel­low. Tape a strip one time around and trim with scissors.

Your kalei­do­scope is ready! Let’s start exploring!

How To Make Kalei­do­scope Photos

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Because the kalei­do­scope is open at the end you can search for dif­fer­ent objects to make inter­est­ing motifs. Here are some pho­tos I took with my iPhone while look­ing through the kalei­do­scope. The one above shows a clothes­pin and a car­rot stamp.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

This one shows domino pieces and a game board.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

And here’s a Lego man on the left and a tis­sue box on the right.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Make these fun kalei­do­scopes for a birth­day party and have guests pic­ture hunt with them. If you dou­ble the size of the tube, you can use them with a big­ger camera.

DIY Kaleidoscope Tutorial

Have fun!