You Will Need ...
  1. 2 T.P. tubes

  2. 2 bottle caps (from a soda or water bottle)

  3. Ribbon, lanyard, or yarn

  4. Hole punch

  5. Scissors

  6. Ruler

  7. Pencil

  8. Double-sided tape OR glue stick AND a hot glue gun

  9. 2 pieces of 8.5 x 11 construction paper

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Step 1: 

Place a T.P. tube at the top corner of the construction paper along the edge. Next, put the ruler next to the inner edge of the T.P. tube. Using your pencil, draw a straight line along the ruler. With scissors, cut along the pencil mark. Repeat this two more times, as you will need three strips of paper that perfectly fit the width of the T.P. tubes.

Step 2: 

Using a hot glue gun or a glue stick, glue the strips of construction paper onto the T.P. tubes. Place a strip of glue or tape on the edge of the paper and roll. Roll the paper completely around the tube and seal it in place with glue or tape. Repeat with the other T.P. tube. Leave the third strip of paper aside.

Step 3: 

Now it's time to use those plastic bottle caps. Use your glue gun to glue both bottle caps side by side, leaving about an inch between them. Place them on the long side of the tube.

Step 4: 

Once secure, apply another ring of hot glue to the other side of the bottle caps, and stick the remaining T.P. tube to the glue. Let it sit for a few moments as the glue sets.

Step 5: 

With your remaining strip of construction paper, wrap the entire binocular set. Just as you did with the T.P. tubes, apply a line of glue or tape at the edge of the paper, and place the binoculars on top. Where your papers meet, secure them in place with tape or glue.

Step 6: 

And now for the finishing touch! Take your hole punch and punch one hole on the outside of each T.P. tube. (Try and get the holes in a similar place on both tubes.) Now for the neck strap! Tie your ribbon to one hole attaching it to the binoculars.

Step 7: 

Estimate how long you would like the neck strap to be, and cut the ribbon accordingly. Finally, tie it to the other hole.

Step 8: 

Now you can decorate your binoculars any way you want!

Step 9: 

Now you can decorate your binoculars any way you want!

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Teen
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Recycled: 
Paper
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children
Variations: 

Your binoculars can be bright and colorful, or camouflaged and stealthy.

Variation Photos: