How to Make Binoculars With Cardboard Tubes

Written by shelley frost
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Empty cardboard tubes work for a number of recycled crafts including binoculars. The binocular craft keeps children entertained and teaches them how to reuse trash items in a creative way. You'll find all of the materials you need at home. The cardboard tube binoculars give your kids the chance to use their creativity while decorating the craft. They also call on creativity when playing with the finished binoculars. The children can pretend they are going on an adventure to any number of locations, using the binoculars to lead the way.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard tube
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • String
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper punch

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  1. 1

    Cut an empty paper towel tube in half or gather two toilet paper tubes. You can also use an empty wrapping paper tube. Decide how long you want each side and cut two pieces the same length. The two pieces form the two sides of the cardboard tube binoculars.

  2. 2

    Cut two strips of construction paper the same width as each cardboard tube to give them an attractive covering. Use the same colour for both sides or do two different colours.

  3. 3

    Tape one edge of the construction paper strip to the cardboard tube. Wrap the construction paper around the tube to cover the cardboard completely. Place tape along the edge of the paper to hold it in place. Repeat with the second cardboard tube.

  4. 4

    Tape the two cardboard tube pieces together. Use a piece of tape at each end of the binoculars that connects the two pieces. Another option is to run a bead of hot glue along the side of one cardboard tube, immediately pressing the other tube onto it.

  5. 5

    Decorate the tubes using paint, markers, crayons, stickers and any other embellishments you want to use. Let the kids use their creativity for the decorations. You can use any materials you have available at home to make this an inexpensive craft.

  6. 6

    Cut a length of string or yarn for a binocular strap. Punch holes on the outside edge of one end of the binoculars. Place the ends of the strings through the holes. Tie them in place with a knot. This allows the children to wear the binoculars around their necks so they're ready when they want to use them.

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