This week’s toilet paper roll reuse craft is homemade kaleidoscopes! Who doesn’t enjoy using those bright ever changing toy? I’m still fascinated with the pattern changes…even as an adult.

Paper roll
super glue
reflective shiny paper
small translucent colored items (beads, confetti…)
two pieces of clear plastic (produce containers work well for this recycled project)

First you will create a prism shape that will fit perfectly snug inside the tube using the reflective paper. Be sure to put the reflective side facing inward for the prism. You should measure this a few times before cutting it. Then tape the one side all along the outer seam and the inner portion as you need the whole inside of the prism to be reflective for best results. Fit the prism inside the tube. Be sure it also matches the length or is less than a 1/8 inch shorter. At the end of the prism, place one piece of plastic. Use super glue to affix it as tape will disrupt the view. Then place your colorful translucent items on top of that plastic piece. Then super glue the second plastic piece on top of that. Then move it around and just watch the patterns and colors change.

For my first attempt, my cat attacked it before I could get a final photo. I left it out too long looking like a toilet paper roll standing up. I don’t recommend that if you have pets because it is a mess I am sure I will find for days to come. In my case, for my test run, I was just going to use some randomly cut plastic and foil pieces just to try it out. However, this would be a blast to use as a party favor as kids can make their own. I am clearing out some boxes again and found birthday confetti which works perfectly for this. Also, you can always use a hole punch to create your own pieces for themed favors for showers, parties, or holidays.

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