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Beautiful kaleidoscope craft for kids makes upcycling fun

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft

Putting together a fun crafting day for kids can seem overwhelming, but it really doesn't have to be — sometimes the simplest crafts are the most entertaining. Your kids will have blast making this beautiful kaleidoscope, and even more fun playing with it after.

More: Your kids will love making these simple and fun Christmas crafts

The best part? It's a fun way to teach your kids about repurposing and upcycling. It's a win all the way around.

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft

What you'll need:

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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  • paper towel roll
  • ruler
  • multicolored translucent beads
  • tape
  • glue
  • hot glue gun
  • clear plastic fruit box
  • marker
  • scissors
  • aluminum foil
  • empty cereal box
  • colored scrapbook paper

What you'll do:

Step 1

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Use the marker to trace around the end of the paper towel roll on the clear plastic.

Step 2

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Cut out the piece of plastic so that it is just small enough to fit inside the end of the paper towel roll.

Step 3

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Put a small amount of hot glue along the inside rim of the paper towel roll, then slide the plastic circle into the roll so that the glue holds it in place.  (Caution — only adults should handle the hot glue gun.)

Step 4

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Start dropping the translucent beads into the paper towel roll.

Step 5

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Cut a second small plastic circle using the same method as the first circle. Drop the circle inside the tube on top of the beads. Use your ruler to help it lay flat if necessary.

Step 6

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Drop the ruler down into the tube and measure the distance between the second plastic circle and the top of the paper towel roll.

Step 7

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Cut out 3 strips of cardboard from the cereal box that are 1 inch wide, and as long as the distance that you measured. Wrap the 3 pieces of cardboard in aluminum foil with the reflective side out. Use tape to keep the aluminum foil in place.

Step 8

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
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Tape the 3 pieces of cardboard together so that they form a triangle.

Step 9

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Slide the triangle inside the tube so that it is resting on top of the second plastic circle. Mine fit pretty snugly in the tube, but you can secure the triangle in place with tape, if necessary.

Step 10

Help kids repurpose a paper towel roll into a gorgeous kaleidoscope craft
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Cut the piece of scrapbook paper so that it is as long as the paper towel roll and wide enough to wrap all the way around the roll. Attach paper to the paper towel roll with tape. Point the kaleidoscope toward a window and spin it to see the different colors and reflections.

More: Dollar store crafts for kids that don't look like they just cost a buck

September 2013. Updated December 2016.

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