DIY Kaleidoscope

Keep the little ones busy this weekend with our DIY Kaleidoscopes, made from your very own Rockit™ apple tube and other household items.

What You Need

  • Rockit™ tube & lid
  • Silver foil card (available at your local craft store)
  • Plastic sheets (available at your local craft store)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Screw Driver
  • Clear beads, jewels or sequins
  • Washi Tape
  • Any other colourful bits & bobs you’d like to bedazzle your kaleidoscope with to make it your own!

 Steps

  • Take your plastic sheet and cut out 3 circles to the circumference of the Rockit™ apple tube.
  • Drop one of the circles into your tube so it’s sitting as a flat base at the bottom of the tube.
  • Pour your favourite sparkly beads or jewels into the tube, to sit on top of the plastic circle.
  • Drop second plastic circle into tube to cover the beads. Make sure the beads can still move around when you rotate the tube – if not, take out some of the beads.
  • Using silver foil card cut 3 identical strips at 223H x 52Wmm.
  • Tape the 3 strips together to create a prism shape (silver side facing inwards). Check that this fits snuggly within the tube – the corners of the prism should just touch the sides of the tube.
  • Using washi tape, stickers, patterned paper or markers, decorate the outside of the prism.
  • Slide prism into tube to rest on top of the plastic circle. This will hold it in place.
  • Using a craft knife or screw driver, carefully pierce a hole in the centre of the Rockit™ apple tube lid. This will be your eye hole, so rotate your knife or screw driver to create a hole wide enough to see through.
  • Take your final plastic circle and tape it to the underside of the lid. This will keep the beads from escaping!
  • Place the lid back onto the tube.
  • Now the funnest part! Decorate the outside of your kaleidoscope using stickers, jewels, tape, or coloured card.

 

To use

  • close one eye and squint through the eye hole. Rotate your tube and watch the beads cast fun reflections.
  • Remember to not look directly into the sun with our kaleidoscope as this can be harmful to the eyes.