Kaleidoscope

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If you’d like to make your own kaleidoscope, there are three options: an easy one using a clear plastic report cover, and two using an acrylic locker mirror. Draw an eight-by-four inch rectangle on a clear plastic report cover. This is going to be the base of your Kaleidoscope. Note that you’ll need to make it this size to fit your paper towel roll. To make these lines easier to fold later, you may wish to measure and trace these lines in marker first, then use a paper cutter or box cutter to lightly score these lines into the plastic.

Do not cut completely through the plastic, however. Fold the plastic along the lines to form a triangular shape. The quarter-inch strip should stay on the outside and act as a flap. Tape the strip along the edge using transparent tape, so the triangle hold its shape. Slide the triangle into the cardboard and create your peephole. Cut a paper towel roll down to 8 inches, the same size as your triangle. Slide the plastic triangle into the paper towel roll. To create your peephole, turn the paper towel tube on one end, standing straight up.

Trace a circle around it on black construction or contact paper. If you’d like, make the circle a little bit bigger. You can then cut tiny slits along the edges so the circle lies flat on the end. Then you have some wiggle room to work with and won’t have tape on the visible part of your kaleidoscope. And if there is tape that’s visible, you can always cover it in glitter. Cut out a four-inch square of plastic wrap. Place the square of plastic wrap over the other end of the tube. Use your fingers to poke it down into the plastic triangle, until it forms a little pouch.

Fill the pouch with beads, sequins, and confetti. Anything small and shiny will do the trick, but translucent objects are best. You also want different shapes and sizes. Your kaleidoscope won’t be shoved in a drawer anytime soon if there’s infinite variations as to what can be seen! If this doesn’t end up looking like you want it to look, you can always go back into your kaleidoscope and make adjustments! Place a square of waxed paper over the pouch. Place a four-inch square of waxed paper over the pouch and around the cardboard tube, sealing in the beads and sequins. Stretch a rubber band over both the waxed paper and the plastic wrap.

Make sure it’s on tight so nothing spills out! Trim the corners of the squares. This will make the kaleidoscope look neater. You can replace the rubber band with some sticky tape, if you like. Decorate the outside of your kaleidoscope. Some contact paper looks like wood, metal, or gold. You could add glitter or sequins on the outside, too! Hold the tube up to one eye, facing the light, and look through it.

Turn it slowly — what happens? The light is bouncing back and forth against your report cover, creating this constantly changing display in front of your very eyes. Take it away from your eye for a second, give it a quick, gentle shake, and put it back up to your eye. Just how different is what you’re seeing? What happens if you do it again? The best kind of «mirrors» for this are acrylic — or those cheap little locker mirrors they sell everywhere when it’s back-to-school season. They’re not really mirrors, so they’re fairly easy to cut into with a box or paper cutter.

Lay the 3 strips side by side and upside down. Be sure to leave a small gap between each strip. This is easiest with a box cutter, but scissors will do. Just be careful not to stab yourself! Place one of the circular ends of your tube flat on a piece of paper — contact paper is best, but construction paper or even gift wrap will work, too. Cut a triangle or circle in the center of the paper to view through. Then, cut around the each of the larger circles with scissors.

With one of the circles, cut notches all the way to the inside of the smaller circle — this’ll be called lens 1. It should sort of resemble a gear. With the other circle, cut notches to the outside tracing of the smaller circle — this’ll be lens 2. Lay them flat against the table and bend the notches upwards. Assemble the inside of your kaleidoscope. To begin, slide your triangular mirror inside the cardboard tube. Cap your gems using lens 2, notches facing down, and use masking tape to secure it all together.

The easiest way to make this kaleidoscope look as impressive as possible is contact paper — so long as you work out the bubbles! But you can also use construction paper or even gift wrap to jazz it up. And then add on some glitter or stickers if the urge strikes! If there’s some tape exposed where you secured your lens, cover it in glitter! It’s easy and mess-free if you pour your glitter in the crease of a folded piece of paper. Put your kaleidoscope to good use. Now all you have to do is hold it up to the light and look through it. The light bounces off the mirrors, creating the kaleidoscope effect you see inside.

What happens when you jostle it? Can you ever create the same image twice? Use a vacuum to clean any sawdust from the mirrors. Clean the tube to remove any dirt or debris. Wipe around the hole to remove any debris. Cut a strip of adhesive-backed foam into pieces about one inch long.

You will need three pieces for the kaleidoscope. Get a piece of foam rope that’s half an inch in diameter. Cut it into one inch pieces. You will need three of these for the kaleidoscope. Glue a petri dish to one end of the PVC tube. The petri dish should be 60 mm by 15 mm and should be made out of plastic. Use PVC cement to attach the petri dish to the tube, being careful not to get any cement on the dish.

You can either leave the glass clear to create a «world view» kaleidoscope or you can create a colored kaleidoscope by drawing on the inside face of the petri dish using colored permanent markers before you attach it to the PVC tube. Gather the three mirrors, long sides together and gently fold them into a triangle with the shiny sides facing in. Make sure you have removed any protective film first. Neatly tape the mirrors together using transparent tape, so that the edges of the three mirrors form an equilateral triangle. Attach the foam strips to the mirrors. Remove the adhesive backing from the three pieces of foam and stick one piece on the side of each mirror, approximately one inch from the end.

Place the mirrors inside the PVC tube. Gently insert the mirrors, foam end first, into the PVC tube. You may need to squeeze the foam to make it fit. Insert the three pieces of foam rope into the spaces between the mirrors and the tube. Place the PVC end cap over the open end of the PVC tube, twist to secure tightly. Your kaleidoscope is now ready, enjoy the view!

What sorts of things can I put into my kaleidoscope? Anything small that you find pretty of interesting. For example, you could use: beads, sequins, or little scraps of shiny paper. How do I stop the beads from coming on your face? You add a plastic wrap cover and add it to the bottom before adding beads and decorate it more. How can a kaleidoscope be useful?

Kaleidoscopes are rarely «useful,» but they are pretty and interesting to look at. They are also an interesting study of light and mirrors. Put bright and shiny beads inside your kaleidoscope, don’t use dull colors. If you don’t have colored paper to decorate, then you can use washi tapes of different designs to decorate the paper towel tube. Have dark colors, bright colors, and different shapes and sizes as this will make the designs stand out. Thanks for submitting a tip for review! Be careful with box cutters and scissors!

Do not look at bright lights with the kaleidoscope, especially a blazing sun, you could damage your eyes. When making the world view kaleidoscope, the machinery needed to prepare the materials should only be operated by someone with experience. Never attempt to operate machinery you don’t know how to use. To make a kaleidoscope at home, fold a piece of clear plastic into a triangular tube, and slide it into a cardboard cylinder. Then, cut a circle out of a piece of black paper, and punch a small hole into the circle, attaching it to the end of the tube. On the opposite end, push a piece of plastic wrap into the triangle to make a pouch, and fill the pouch with colorful beads and sequins, covering it with a piece of waxed paper. Sorry that the video wasn’t helpful. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 619,483 times.

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Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. To create this article, 48 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. There are 24 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 619,483 times. The sunlight bounces off the colored beads and glass and is reflected in the mirrors to create beautiful patterns which you can see when you look inside. If you’d like to make your own kaleidoscope, there are three options: an easy one using a clear plastic report cover, and two using an acrylic locker mirror.

Cap your gems using lens 2, and two using an acrylic locker mirror. Place one of the circular ends of your tube flat on a piece of paper — note that you’ll need to make it this size to fit your paper towel roll. There are 24 references cited in this article, how is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Free if you pour your glitter in the crease of a folded piece of paper. To make a kaleidoscope at home, the easiest way to make this kaleidoscope look as impressive as possible is contact paper, inch strip should stay on the outside and act as a flap.

Draw an eight-by-four inch rectangle on a clear plastic report cover. This is going to be the base of your Kaleidoscope. Note that you’ll need to make it this size to fit your paper towel roll. To make these lines easier to fold later, you may wish to measure and trace these lines in marker first, then use a paper cutter or box cutter to lightly score these lines into the plastic. Do not cut completely through the plastic, however. Fold the plastic along the lines to form a triangular shape. The quarter-inch strip should stay on the outside and act as a flap.

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Tape the strip along the edge using transparent tape, so the triangle hold its shape. Slide the triangle into the cardboard and create your peephole. Cut a paper towel roll down to 8 inches, the same size as your triangle. Slide the plastic triangle into the paper towel roll. To create your peephole, turn the paper towel tube on one end, standing straight up. Trace a circle around it on black construction or contact paper.

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Do not cut completely through the plastic — this is going to be the base of your Kaleidoscope. The light bounces off the mirrors; your kaleidoscope won’t be shoved in a drawer anytime soon if there’s infinite variations as to what can be seen! Give it a quick, place the mirrors inside the PVC tube.

Kaleidoscopes are rarely «useful, four inch rectangle on a clear plastic report cover. Some contact paper looks like wood, place the PVC end cap over the open end of the PVC tube, make sure it’s on tight so nothing spills out! You may wish to measure and trace these lines in marker first, but you can also use construction paper or even gift wrap to jazz it up. Remove the adhesive backing from the three pieces of foam and stick one piece on the side of each mirror, attaching it to the end of the tube. If you’d like to make your own kaleidoscope, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

If you’d like, make the circle a little bit bigger. You can then cut tiny slits along the edges so the circle lies flat on the end. Then you have some wiggle room to work with and won’t have tape on the visible part of your kaleidoscope. And if there is tape that’s visible, you can always cover it in glitter. Cut out a four-inch square of plastic wrap. Place the square of plastic wrap over the other end of the tube. Use your fingers to poke it down into the plastic triangle, until it forms a little pouch.

Fill the pouch with beads, sequins, and confetti. Anything small and shiny will do the trick, but translucent objects are best. You also want different shapes and sizes. Your kaleidoscope won’t be shoved in a drawer anytime soon if there’s infinite variations as to what can be seen! If this doesn’t end up looking like you want it to look, you can always go back into your kaleidoscope and make adjustments! Place a square of waxed paper over the pouch. Place a four-inch square of waxed paper over the pouch and around the cardboard tube, sealing in the beads and sequins. Stretch a rubber band over both the waxed paper and the plastic wrap. Make sure it’s on tight so nothing spills out!

Trim the corners of the squares. This will make the kaleidoscope look neater. You can replace the rubber band with some sticky tape, if you like. Decorate the outside of your kaleidoscope. Some contact paper looks like wood, metal, or gold. You could add glitter or sequins on the outside, too! Hold the tube up to one eye, facing the light, and look through it. Turn it slowly — what happens? The light is bouncing back and forth against your report cover, creating this constantly changing display in front of your very eyes. Take it away from your eye for a second, give it a quick, gentle shake, and put it back up to your eye.

Just how different is what you’re seeing? What happens if you do it again? The best kind of «mirrors» for this are acrylic — or those cheap little locker mirrors they sell everywhere when it’s back-to-school season. They’re not really mirrors, so they’re fairly easy to cut into with a box or paper cutter. Lay the 3 strips side by side and upside down. Be sure to leave a small gap between each strip. This is easiest with a box cutter, but scissors will do. Just be careful not to stab yourself! Place one of the circular ends of your tube flat on a piece of paper — contact paper is best, but construction paper or even gift wrap will work, too. Cut a triangle or circle in the center of the paper to view through.

Then, cut around the each of the larger circles with scissors. With one of the circles, cut notches all the way to the inside of the smaller circle — this’ll be called lens 1. It should sort of resemble a gear. With the other circle, cut notches to the outside tracing of the smaller circle — this’ll be lens 2. Lay them flat against the table and bend the notches upwards. Assemble the inside of your kaleidoscope. To begin, slide your triangular mirror inside the cardboard tube. Cap your gems using lens 2, notches facing down, and use masking tape to secure it all together.