How to Build a Kaleidoscope

by Katie Z.

Learn how to build a kaleidoscope using kitchen roll and mirrors...

Supplies

  • Graphic 45 Chirstmas Collection
  • Scor/Double-Sided Tapes
  • Tracing/Vellum Papers
  • 1 Kitchen Roll
  • 3 Acrylic Mirrors
  • Acetate Sheet
  • Gems/Snowflakes
  • Compass
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather all your supplies... List of supplies is shown at the bottom left hand corner of this guide...

    Step 2

    Use a plastic cutter, cut 3 strips of 1.5" by 9" acrylic mirrors... This is based on a kitchen roll with a diameter of 1.75" and 9" in height... Adjust accordingly when necessary...

    Step 3

    Using a masking tape (or washi tape), tape one side on the reverse side of the mirror...

    Step 4

    Then tape down 2 pieces of the mirror together as shown... As the acrylic mirrors have some thickness, leave a tiny gap in between for easy maneuver later...

    Step 5

    Tape down on the other side of the mirror as shown...

    Step 6

    And tape down together with the last piece of mirror... Apply tape on the other end as shown...

    Step 7

    Tape towards the opposite mirror to form a triangle as shown... This will be the prism of the kaleidoscope..

    Step 8

    To reinforce the prism, tape around at the ends and center as shown...

    Step 9

    Cut out a small piece of acetate and glue on top of the kitchen roll... Make sure the acetate is free of dust prior in gluing...

    Step 10

    When the glue is dried, trim the acetate away accordingly...

    Step 11

    Trim strips of 2.25" by 3.25" of acetate sheet and tracing/vellum paper...

    Step 12

    Apply scor (or double-sided) tape around one end of the kitchen roll and tape down (~0.25") the acetate sheet around the kitchen roll as shown...

    Step 13

    Note: You should have at least 2" length of acetate from the end of the kitchen roll for optimal view of the kaleidoscope...

    Step 14

    Use a compass, draw out 2 circles of 1.75" in diameter with a bigger circle over it as shown... These act as bleeds for tabbing... Alternatively, you can trace them out using the kitchen roll...

    Step 15

    Trim them out and punch a small hole at the center on one of the circles as shown...

    Step 16

    Glue the snowflake brads (or gems) in between one of the circle (without the hole) and acetate sheet...

    Step 17

    Tab the bleed of the circle as shown...

    Step 18

    Position the circle with the snowflake brads (or gems) onto the acetate with the tabs adhereing down as shown... Cover the acetate tube with vellum/tracing paper (which you prepared in Step 11)...

    Step 19

    Optional: The purpose of covering the acetate with vellum/tracing paper is to conceal the brads/gems within the kaleidoscope...You may leave it as it is if you would like them to be shown...

    Step 20

    Insert the prism from the other end of the kitchen roll as shown... At this point, you would be able to see the patterns created within the kaleidoscope...

    Step 21

    The wonders of kaleidoscope... View from the top...

    Step 22

    Finally, tab around the last circle (with hole in the center) and adhere down to the kitchen... This will be the peeping hole of the kaleidoscope...

    Step 23

    And you are all done!!! Feel free to decorate and embellish your newly built kaleidoscope!!!

    Step 24

    This is what I've done on the front of the kaleidoscope...

    Step 25

    At the back...

    Step 26

    I've also done up a box to house the kaleidoscope, ready to be gifted for this Christmas... Hope this has been an inspiration!!! Have fun!!!