How to make homemade binoculars

Updated April 17, 2017

If you're looking for a fun, fast and inexpensive project for your kids, then try making homemade toy binoculars. Not only will the kids enjoy making them, but they can use them indoors and out, making this a good project for both winter and summer months. Once the binoculars are made, the kids can entertain themselves for hours playing games like eye spy or competing to see how many things they can find with them.

Cut two empty toilet paper rolls exactly the same length. If you do not have empty toilet paper rolls, you can use construction paper instead. Cut one piece of construction paper widthways. Roll each cut piece into a tube, and tape it in place. Make sure they are exactly the same size.

Cut two small pieces of cling film approximately 3 inches square. They should be just large enough to cover one end of each tube.

Apply a small amount of craft glue around the outside of each tube approximately 1/4 inch from the end. While the glue is still wet, place one cling film square on each tube so that it covers the circular opening on one end and adheres to the glue. Place a rubber band around the cling film to hold it in place while the glue dries. If your glue does not properly keep the cling film in place once dry, keep the rubber band on over the cling film permanently.

Use craft glue to glue the two tubes together so they sit side by side, with the plastic-wrapped ends on the same side. Secure the tubes together by placing rubber bands around them while the glue dries. If the glue is not sufficient to hold the tubes together, try using double-sided tape.

Cover the tubes with construction paper. Be sure to cut the construction paper long enough to completely cover the cling film on the outside of the tubes. Do not cover the ends of the tubes with construction paper, as doing that will impede vision.

Punch a hole on the outside of each of the tubes, close to the end that does not have the cling film. Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn or string through the holes to make a neck strap for the binoculars.

Decorate the binoculars with markers, crayons or stickers.

Things You'll Need

  • Two empty toilet paper rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Cling film
  • Craft glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon/yarn/string
  • Markers/crayons
  • Stickers
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Based in Salt Lake City, UT, Adriann Walker has been writing since she attended Brigham Young University, where she received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in psychology. Her articles have been published on the Internet on sites including Her expertise is in home and garden, business and hobbies.