Upcycled Craft: Paper Roll Binoculars

Upcycled Craft: Paper Roll Binoculars

You and your child will have as much fun making this upcycled craft as you’ll have on the sightseeing adventures that follow. See instructions below or click here for a downloadable PDF.


  • Nontoxic glue
  • Recycled construction paper (cut to same length of roll)
  • Empty paper towel roll (cut in half) or two shorter cardboard tubes
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors (or safety scissors, if your child wants to practice cutting)


  • Put several lines of glue on one side of the construction paper.
  • Line up the cardboard tube lengthwise with the shorter edge of the construction paper. Hold paper steady and roll it slowly until the length covers the tube.
  • Repeat the process with a second roll.
  • Apply a line of glue at the paper’s end seam on each roll; press both seams together to create the binoculars’ base.
  • Use tape to wrap around the top and bottom of binoculars for extra hold.
  • Glue thin strips of bright paper over the tape.
  • Go sightseeing!

For more upcycled crafting fun, try making a Milk Carton Bird Feeder or Recycled Cork Boats.

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