How to Draw a Kaleidoscope

by Liz Meiron

Use symmetry to draw a kaleidoscope pattern on paper.


  • Pencil
  • Template
  • Large white paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Ultra fine tip black sharpie
  • Colored sharpies or pencils
  • Colored construction paper for matte
  • Glue stick
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    You need a template that represents half the width of the paper that you final design will be on. The template also needs to be 1/8th or 1/6th of a circle. 45* or 60* pie piece.

    Step 2

    Here is the template I will be using. A 45* and 60* pie shape, each 6" long and will create a 12" diameter.

    Step 3

    Choose a template size and lightly sketch a design on it. You may draw an object, letters, or an abstract design.

    Step 4

    Go over your final design with pencil.

    Step 5

    Erase stray marks.

    Step 6

    Flip the paper over. You can faintly see the design through the paper. Trace it with your pencil.

    Step 7

    Go over it with pencil.

    Step 8

    Now cut it out.

    Step 9

    Lay the template piece on the large white paper so the point is in the center of the paper. Draw a dot to mark the center.

    Step 10

    Use your pencil to go over the design again. This time it should transfer to the large paper.

    Step 11

    It will transfer lightly. Flip the template keeping the center on the dot and the edges aligned. Trace again.

    Step 12

    Use tape as needed to hold template in place.

    Step 13

    Repeat until design is complete.

    Step 14

    Use a pencil to make any corrections or repairs to your design, then outline with ultra fine tip sharpie.

    Step 15

    The sharpie adds a lot of contrast!

    Step 16

    Clean it up by erasing pencil marks.

    Step 17

    Now we are ready for color:)

    Step 18

    But first I will add some texture.

    Step 19

    Unless you are going for Rainbow, limit your color pallet. Also, when coloring patterns, it helps to use one color at a time. Example-I colored all green parts first. It helps to avoid mistakes.

    Step 20

    Step 21

    Step 22

    After you are finished coloring, use a pencil to lightly outline the perimeter by about 1/4 inch. This is so you have a line to follow when cutting it out.

    Step 23

    When cutting out intricate designs, begin by cutting off the excess paper.

    Step 24

    Then cut on the line to cut out your design.

    Step 25

    Use a glue stick to glue your kaleidoscope pattern on a contrasting price of construction paper.

    Step 26

    Adding additional details with black ultra fine sharpie makes an impressive difference!