Picture of Ten Second Kaleidoscope Lens
A great way to make a super-simple kaleidoscope out of an old gift card. I got this idea from the Dusan Makavejev movie "WR:Mysteries of the Organism". One of the first scenes was shot through what appeared to be a kaleidoscope lens. It was amazing, so I went online to try and find one for one of my own cameras but didn't find a thing.

This is a wonderful way to add an interesting effect to your photos in-camera. This method seems to work best on point-and-shoot cameras, TLRs and camcorders. The kaleidoscope effect is a whole lot more subtle on SLRs, but interesting nevertheless.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
All you need, really, is a gift card, some tape and a pair of scissors.

If you have some extra time, an empty film canister and a drill or a carpet knife, there's a slightly more advanced way to do this.
MzimasiN1 year ago

Thank you so so so so much! here i was searching for apps to give me this effect, when i could just do it all myself by hand haha. love the simplicity of it

verence7 years ago
Thick?? You probably mean "wide"
lolifer (author)  verence7 years ago
Haha, that's right. I'll fix it.