Spy Gear Binoculars! Little Boy Crafts! From Toilet Paper Rolls!




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Do you have a little spy?
I do.  When he's not cruising in his jet packs...
he is sneaking around corners with his toy gun in hand.
I figured some spy binoculars were in order!

These are easy!  About 10-15 minutes...

Step 1: Gathering the Supplies!

You will need:
3 toilet paper rolls
hot glue
spray paint
rope or shoelace

Start by cleaning the toilet paper rolls off...I let my 8 and 10 year-old help with that part!
Cut a small 2 inch or so piece off 1 of the tubes.
Make it curve on either side, so it snuggles the tubes on each side.

Step 2: Assembling the Binoculars!

Hot glue the 3 pieces in place!
Hold together until the glue dries.

I put a ring of glue on one side, just to make it look different and cool...
sloppy, but cool.

Step 3: Customizing and Stringing!

At this point, it's time for customization!

I super lightly misted mine with Gun Metal silver.
You can still see cardboard color in there...but for a 3 year old, it's all about getting it done fast!

Let them dry,
Then punch a hole on either side and tie a shoelace in the holes.  Make sure it comfortably fits around the spies head and neck!

Step 4: Spy Time!

Your little spy will be ready to prowl!
This was so fast, free and fun!  The results were nearly instant!  For a 3 year old, that's critical!

These would be fun for a preschool, party or gifts!



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    11 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Love the idea, just use some kind of breakable cord for the neck harness. That way the kids will not hang themselves accidentally.

    5 replies

    My children have always been really careful with the things they play with...I think it's because I make them help with the construction...gives them ownership. I wondered if I should reinforce the tube with eyelets or something. The simple fact was that I made it out of garbage...so when it gets trashed, it will get trashed. After 2 weeks of play they are holding up great, not even smashed yet! :)

    If you want to reinforce it I would suggest a piece of tape in and outside the tube then punch a hole through the tape and cardboard sandwich. the tape will help hold the cardboard together. Or you could hot glue a washer to the side where the hole is.

    Thanks again! You have to go cheap when a 3 year old is involved...that way you aren't heartbroken when they are destroyed! :) He used them last night to gaze at the moon! :)