15 DIY Kaleidoscopes – DIY Kids Crafts

Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Build your own DIY kaleidoscope with some simple household items and watch colors come to life!

Colorful objects taking advantage of the light being refracted by mirrors, Kaleidoscopes provide a little science and a lot of fun! One of the best parts of this craft, other than the optical instrument’s colorful show, is decorating the outside.

With a few simple supplies, you’ll inspire creativity in your little one that can go anywhere – and provide hours of fun!


1. Make Your Own Homemade Kaleidoscope by Handmade Charlotte

This is a super fun way to give recycled paper towel or wrapping paper rolls a whole new life! You will have so much fun not only mixing and matching the insides of the kaleidoscopes, but decorating the outsides too.

Make Your Own Homemade Kaleidoscope by Handmade Charlotte

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2. Fun DIY Kaleidoscope Kids Craft by Darcy Brian

This kaleidoscope kids craft activity is fun for the family to work on together. This tutorial will show you how to make your own kaleidoscope with aluminum foil, beads, and a paper towel tube.

Fun DIY Kaleidoscope Kids Craft by Darcy Brian

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3. DIY Kaleidoscope by Buggy And Buddy

Learn how to make a kaleidoscope in this fun STEM/science activity and craft for kids. It’s such a fun way to explore light, reflections, and symmetry!

DIY Kaleidoscope by Buggy And Buddy

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4. Kid’s DIY Kaleidoscope by Little Bis For Little Hands

Learn how to create a kaleidoscope for summer STEAM. This STEAM activity for young kids encourages the sense of sight! This kid’s kaleidoscope uses every component of STEAM to create a cool, homemade science toy.

DIY Kid's Kaleidoscope by Little Bis For Little Hands

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5. Easy DIY Kaleidoscope by Babble Dabble Do

Keeping your DIY kaleidoscope open-ended allows more chances for discovery than your standard self-contained kaleidoscope. You will love experimenting with the different shapes for the interior of the kaleidoscope.

And because the kaleidoscope is open ended meant it took about 5 minutes to throw together, perfect for a quick but entrancing project for kids!

Easy DIY Kaleidoscope by Babble Dabble Do

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6. How To Make Kaleidoscope by Left Brain Craft Brain

This DIY kaleidoscope is one of the most fun engineering projects you can do! And makes a super cool spinning contraption the whole family will want to play with.

This tutorial is perfect for makerspaces, camps, after-school clubs, and enrichment. Or even just a fun afternoon at home.

How To Make Kaleidoscope by Left Brain Craft Brain

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7. DIY Cardboard Kaleidoscope by Handmade Charlotte

Recycle a cardboard envelope into a super cool kaleidoscope in only 5 minutes! It’s a blast to make, and kids will have fun exploring their surroundings with it afterward.

DIY Cardboard Kaleidoscope by Handmade Charlotte

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8. DIY Kaleidoscope Kit by Kid Made Modern

Explore the science behind light and reflection with Kids Made Modern DIY kaleidoscope kit. Little ones will explore the science behind light and reflection as they design a Kaleidoscope that will reveal vibrant colors and wondrous patterns.

DIY Kaleidoscope Kit by Kid Made Modern

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9. Upcycled DIY Kaleidoscope by Little Things

If you’re looking for an affordable and creative activity to do with your kids, then you’ll love this DIY kaleidoscope made with upcycled toilet paper rolls.

This cool craft fosters creativity and is as educational as it is entertaining! With so many fun colors and far-out illusions, both you and your kids will enjoy building (and playing) with it!

Upcycled DIY Kaleidoscope by Little Things

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10. DIY Kaleidoscope Kit by Fun Box

Calling all experimenters! Get your science hats on and construct your own Kaleidoscope with this all-inclusive kit. Explore the wonders after each rotation of your kaleidoscope to see the patterns, shapes and color changes. You can even add your own glow in the dark stickers or sequins!  

DIY Kaleidoscope Kit by Fun Box

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11. Prism DIY Kaleidoscope Kit by Blippo

Enjoy making your own kaleidoscope with this DIY kaleidoscope kit! This kawaii educational set comes has a cylinder that’s decorated with unicorns, candies, and rainbows.

Other materials included in this kit are a design sheet, a perforated cap, a bead compartment, and three mirrors. Simply add beads inside and see the different views while you twist the tube!

Prism Kaleidoscope DIY Kit by Blippo

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12. DIY Kaleidoscope Craft by In The Playroom

Have fun making this Kaleidoscope craft with the kids. This simple kaleidoscope works best when it is held up to the light. Move the tube around to see the pretty colours, glitter and sequins dance around.

DIY Kaleidoscope Craft by In The Playroom

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13. DIY Colorful Kaleidoscope by Frankie

It may look rather innocent at first glance, but this little cylinder is hiding a magical secret. Forget about chasing rainbows, now you can carry them with you wherever you go. This tutorial will show you how!

DIY Colorful Kaleidoscope by Frankie

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14. Space Immersion DIY Kaleidoscope Building Kit by DJECO Store

Build your own amazing, working kaleidoscope and create your own personal outer space themed light show. Experiment with a variety of galactic themed accessories to create the ultimate visual experience

Space Immersion DIY Kaleidoscope Building Kit by DJECO Store

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15. How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope by The Chocolate Muffin Tree

If you are like me, then you adore your kids and would do anything to spend time with them. Unfortunately, we have to also to work because we love them so much, so the time that you get to spend with them has to be memorable both to them and to you. 

How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope

On that sentiment here is another fun way to spend time with your child, something they will adore. You can learn how to make a simple kaleidoscope with them. It’s fun, and it is bound to put a smile on their face and yours every time you see them playing with it.

You shouldn’t even need to buy materials to make the simple kaleidoscope just everyday things that you will find around the house. And I think your kid doesn’t care how much you spend on them just the time you give to them.

How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope

So What Materials Do You Need To Make Your Simple Kaleidoscope?

  • A Pringles can with the lid intact. (or any cylindrical can with a clear lid)
  • Acrylic paint in any color and sponges to apply it
  • Scrap paper and stickers
  • Glitter
  • Colorful tissue
  • Some contact paper
  • White glue
  • Craft glue
  • A hammer, a nail and a pair of scissors.
How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope - DIY Kids Crafts

How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope Procedure

The procedure of how to make a simple kaleidoscope can be found on via the link below. I found the procedure quite entertaining and easy to follow because the creator gives a story of how she and her daughter made their kaleidoscope.

The directions are easy to follow, and the pictures included show precisely what you need to do. The pictures are of her daughter creating her kaleidoscope so you can visit the site with your kid to show them they can make one too.

You can make you kaleidoscope in any design that you want. The how to make a simple kaleidoscope is not a rigid process that you have to follow, so it leaves space open for you and your little champ to let loose your creativity.

How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope - DIY Kids Crafts

Great For Showing Off At School

And you can even use it as his or her school science project or for arts and craft homework so it sort of kills a couple of birds with one stone. Make your kaleidoscope as unique as you want it to be. Write your names on it, stick feathers on it or anything crazy you can think of. It’s all up to you what you decide to make of your kaleidoscope.

So to conclude, the how to make a simple kaleidoscope procedure is not just about making the kaleidoscope. It’s about time you get to spend with your child. It is about the memories they will have when they are older, and you are grey.

It’s about showing them that you love them and every time they look through their kaleidoscope they are sure to remember. So give them your love today and make a kaleidoscope with your child.

How To Make A Simple Kaleidoscope - DIY Kids Crafts

DIY Kaleidoscope Instructions Here

MAKE YOUR KIDS’ IMAGINATIONS RUN WILD IN A WORLD OF COLOR AND SHAPES WITH THESE DIY KALEIDOSCOPES!

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We hope you enjoy making this DIY Kaleidoscope Kids Craft with your family!