How to Make Binoculars From Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls

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How to Make Binoculars From Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls
You will need two empty rolls to make these binoculars. (rolls of toilet paper image by Joann Cooper from

Binoculars are entertaining toys for children of all ages. Make a pair from empty toilet paper tubes for hours of adventure. They can pretend to be explorers, detectives or scientists. With a few markers or crayons, they can personalise the binoculars in any way they want. Because you are using empty toilet paper tubes, the craft is virtually free, and it takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 toilet paper tubes
  • Hot glue
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Markers, crayons or stickers (optional)
  • Tape (optional)
  • Stapler (optional)
  • 1 paper towel tube (optional)

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  1. 1

    Clean off any excess toilet paper stuck to the tube. Rub your thumb or fingers over the paper; it will come unstuck from the glue easily.

  2. 2

    Place a line of glue down one side of one tube. Stick the other tube to the line of glue and hold steady while it dries.

  3. 3

    Punch a hole in the outer edge of each tube, on the same end.

  4. 4

    Tie one end of the string in each hole so the binoculars can be worn around the neck.

  5. 5

    Decorate the binoculars. Use markers, crayons or stickers, or any other items you may have at home.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have a hot glue gun, tape the rolls together or use a stapler.
  • Cut a paper towel tube in half so that you have two shorter tubes; this works well if you don't have any more toilet paper tubes. Make them as listed above.
  • The hot glue gun can be very dangerous for small children to use, so always offer supervision.

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