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How To Make a Kaleidoscope

Watch more Craft Ideas for Kids videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make a kaleidoscope, a fun toy for both kids and adults. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Draw a rectangle Draw a rectangle, 8-by-4 inches, on the plastic using your pen or permanent marker, and cut it out with your scissors or a utility knife. Step 2: Draw your fold lines Draw three lines, parallel to each other, lengthwise along the rectangle. The lines should be 1? inches apart, starting 1? inches from the top edge. The last line will be ? inch from the bottom edge. Step 3: Fold the rectangle Fold your rectangle along the lines you just drew, forming a three-dimensional triangle. The small 1/4-inch fold should be on the outside. Using your clear tape, tape the triangle together along the thin ?-inch flap of plastic. Step 4: Cut the paper towel tube Cut the paper towel tube to a length of 8 inches, the same length as your plastic triangle. Slide your clear plastic triangle inside the paper towel tube. Step 5: Cover one end Place one end of the tube on the black construction paper and trace a circle around it. Cut out the circle with your scissors and tape it to one end of the paper towel tube. Step 6: Poke a hole Poke a small hole with the scissors or utility knife in the middle of the construction paper circle you just taped to the paper towel tube. Step 7: Fill the plastic wrap with shiny objects Place a square of plastic wrap on the uncovered end of the paper towel tube. Push the plastic wrap down into the tube by about 1 inch to create a pocket. Fill the depression with your shiny sequins, beads, and confetti. Step 8: Cover the plastic wrap Once the plastic wrap is filled with shiny objects, cover the open end of the tube with wax paper. Wrap a rubber band around the edge of the tube so that the wax paper and plastic wrap stay in place. Make sure the rubber band is tight so nothing slips out! Step 9: Trim the plastic wrap and wax paper With your scissors, trim off the excess plastic wrap and wax paper so your kaleidoscope doesn't look messy. If you have stickers or wrapping paper, you can now use them to decorate the outside of your kaleidoscope. Don't cover the eyehole or the wax paper -- that's how the light gets in! Step 10: Enjoy your homemade kaleidoscope Look through your kaleidoscope, pointing the other end at a lamp or indirect source of sunlight. Slowly turn it in your hand, enjoying all the pretty colors. Did You Know? In 2000, Christie's auction house sold an antique kaleidoscope for $75,000.
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