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Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

Kids can make a pair of toilet paper roll binoculars using supplies already found at home.
Course Crafts and DIY
Keyword how to make binoculars from toilet paper rolls, kids crafts, toilet paper roll binoculars, toilet paper roll crafts
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jenn
Cost .50


  • paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  • 2 empty toilet paper rolls
  • yellow cellophane use plastic wrap or tissue paper if you don't have cellophane on hand
  • a small piece of cardboard
  • yarn or string
  • black acrylic paint
  • white glue
  • duct tape
  • hot glue
  • a cotton ball
  • a small amount of water


  • Paint the two toilet paper rolls with black acrylic paint. Double coat it if needed. If you want to be extra you can paint the small cardboard piece you'll be using later. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Cut two squares from the yellow cellophane. They should be big enough to accommodate the diameter of the toilet paper roll hole. Use tissue paper or plastic wrap if you don't have any cellophane. You might be surprised where you can find it though! Use goody bags from school gifts or if you've purchased fresh flowers lately, use the wrap.
  • Glue the cellophane on one of the ends of each toilet paper roll.
  • Cut the unnecessary cellophane. Make sure to leave a very small border around it.
  • Cut two pieces of duct tape about 1" wide and long enough to wrap around the end of the toilet paper roll.
  • Tuck the excess cellophane and wrap the duct tape around as lining at the end of both rolls.
  • (Optional if you are using cellophane) Soak a cotton ball in water and smear it on the cellophane. This will tighten the cellophane, creating a better view. Let the cellophane dry for 10 to 20 minutes. You can watch it tightening as it dries.
  • Cut a small rectangle from the cardboard enough to bridge the two rolls.
  • Measure the distance between your child's eyes and use this as a reference in gluing the rectangular bridge in the middle of the two rolls.
  • Using a pointed object like scissors, make a hole on each side of the binoculars
  • Cut the yarn to the desired length. Insert the yarn in the hole and form a knot to secure it
  • You can use multiple layers of cellophane to create a fun visual effect. This toilet paper roll craft is a hit with kids of all ages. Enjoy the pretend play! Will you be a safari guide, birdwatcher, spy, military general, or a ship captain?