Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars with only Three Materials

toilet paper roll binoculars

You want to know the best thing about this toilet paper roll craft? The best part is that the average person probably has all the materials on hand to create it! I’m excited to share how to make toilet paper roll binoculars with only three materials that I bet anyone has in their home!

The other day as I was creating a video for the toilet paper roll spiders, my daughter came into the room and grabbed two toilet paper tubes and put them up to her eyes and started using them as binoculars. BRILLIANT! I had a new idea for a post.

Unlike a lot of toilet paper roll crafts, this one only uses three toilet paper tubes, markers (or paint) and scissors.

First you need to squeeze the toilet paper roll flat.

squeezing the toilet paper roll flat

Next you need to make two slits in one of the toilet paper tubes about 3 inches apart.

cutting two slits in toilet paper tubes

Next grab a marker and place two toilet paper rolls next to each other on top of the third toilet paper tube and draw an outline.

making an outline on toilet paper tube

The slits should be in the middle of both of the outlines (or close).

Next cut the circle out of the top layer of the toilet paper tubes.

cutting two circles out of the toilet paper tube
two circles cut out of toilet paper tube

Once the two circles on the outside of the toilet paper tube are cut out you need to cut two more circles on the other side of the tube.

Bend the tube slightly and cut a small slit from the inside of one of the holes to the other side of the toilet paper tube.

cutting holes in the toilet paper tube

Use these holes as a guide to cut holes for the other side of the tube.

This is what it should look like when the holes are completely cut out.

toilet paper tube with holes on both sides

The last thing you need to cut is the end to make it match the other side.

cutting the end off of the toilet paper binoculars

It’s a good idea to take the other toilet paper tubes and make sure they fit through the holes.

toilet paper tube binoculars

I know it doesn’t look pretty, but we are going to color (or paint) over those brown lines.

Next it’s time to embellish the toilet paper tubes. The sky is the limit on this! Be creative and ask your kids how they want to decorate it.

P.S. You don’t have to use markers or paint. Decorative tape and construction paper works well too!

I chose to keep it simple like a younger elementary kid would do.

coloring the toilet paper binoculars
coloring the toilet paper binoculars

Like I said, it doesn’t look pretty, but very realistic to what it would look like if a child colored it. Am I knocking my coloring skills? LOL, maybe.

Once the “body” of the binoculars is colored, move on to coloring the other two toilet paper tubes.

coloring the toilet paper tubes

I decided to color a simple pattern on the other two tubes.

colored toilet paper tubes

I wanted to add contrasting colors!

colored toilet paper tubes for DIY binoculars

What do you think?

Like I said, don’t judge the coloring job.

toilet paper tube binoculars

Not too bad for about 20 minutes of work and a few household supplies.

toilet paper roll binoculars
toilet paper roll binoculars

My daughter says “Mommy they actually work!”

toilet paper tube binoculars
toilet paper roll binoculars

I love creating functional kid crafts that don’t cost any money!

toilet paper roll binoculars

This was a fun toilet paper craft that taught my daughter that she can make something out of a few recycled household items.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting

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