Mark the length of your tube on a piece of colored paper. Cut a piece of paper long enough to wrap around your tube and design your kaleidoscope with it. Tape or glue it down to keep the paper in place. Voila! Your very own rainbow kaleidoscope!
This craft is as easy as 1-2-3! There are several different ways to make a toilet paper kaleidoscope. You can use your imagination and come up with your own design, or you can follow some popular theme camps like colors, animals, and shapes. When you're ready to put your creation together, just roll up some TP and enjoy your handiwork!
Here are some more ideas for using up old rolls of TP:
Toilet Paper Pinata: Instead of throwing a party, give your friends a reason to have a good time by creating a pinata out of old TP. It's a great project for kids to help out with. First, choose a nice heavy cardboard box for your pinata. Then, using only items from your bathroom (like tape, scissors, and markers) create a picture on the box. Finally, cover the picture with sugar paper and stick it to the box.
Toilet Paper Snowman: Make a snowman for Christmas! Using old rolls of TP, create a face for your snowman.
If you want to construct your own kaleidoscope, you have three options: one simple one using a transparent plastic report cover, two using an acrylic locker mirror, and one combining a clear plastic report cover and an acrylic locker mirror. Which option is best? It all depends on how sophisticated you want to be with your construction. The first option is easy to make and will do the trick if you just want to send some light dancing across the room. The second option is more durable and can be used for longer displays. But it's also more expensive. The third option is by far the most complex to make but also the most versatile. It allows you to use both types of optics: transparent and reflective.
You can find detailed instructions for each option below. Just remember that you need a flat surface and something to project through - a window would work well for the first option, a garage door opener for the second, and a floor-mounted box for the third.
Begin weaving after folding the rays up. Trim the extra after gluing the folded end of a fresh paper tube over one of the rays. Then weave the tube in and out of the rays, over and under one after the other. Make sure it's as snug as possible—first on the base, then on top of previously woven tubes. When you get to the last ray, glue it down. Let dry.
Here's how to do it: First, find a clean, empty toilet paper tube. Then, using a pair of scissors, cut off about 1-inch (2.5 cm) of each end. Next, squeeze the ends together so they're flat. Finally, insert one flattened end into the other and glue them together, using hot water and tissue paper or rubber cement.
This project is easy to do with kids. You can make a variety of shapes and sizes of tubes by using different sizes of toilet paper rolls. And even if you get some scraps of paper or ribbon left over, they'll make great crafts for young artists!
Paper tubes are useful for many craft and art projects. Here are just a few ideas for using your own paper tube:
Draw on a paper tube with colored pencils or markers to create artwork that changes color as you draw.
Make a flower bouquet by folding strips of paper into circles and inserting them into the tube. Wrap the tube with string and hang it from a door handle or nail.