Cardboard Pirate Spyglass

Pirage Spyglass

Pirate Spyglass

This is a cardboard spyglass I made with my boys as a make believe accessory (pirates, ship captain and whatnot).

Cardboard Pirate Spyglass materials

Cardboard Pirate Spyglass materials

Materials used to make the spyglass:

  • a sturdy cardboard roll (like those from aluminium foil or seran-wrap)
  • black and gold acrylic paint
  • masking tape
  • some kind of cord to pass through the spyglass
Painting the Pirate Spyglass

Painting the Pirate Spyglass

Start by painting the entire roll with black acrylic paint. Paint the outside and the inside as much as possible. Set to dry.

Golden rim of the Spyglass

Golden rim of the Spyglass

When it is dry, place a strip of masking tape at each end, about 1cm from the rim. Then paint the rim with the gold acrylic paint.

Gold intersections of the Spyglass

Gold intersections of the Spyglass

I also added inner lines to make it look like a retractable spyglass.

TIP: To make sure you place the masking tape straight, hold the end of the tape with the roll dangling down. Set the spyglass on a flat surface like the edge of a table and roll the spyglass keeping it level (see picture).

Painting is finished

Painting is finished

Set to dry and take away the masking tape.

Attaching the cord to the Spyglass

Attaching the cord to the Spyglass

Puncture a hole with a knife or any other tool and passed a cord through the hole. It ended up being useless because the children didn’t use the cord and they ended up taking it off to use it for something else. Maybe a cord short enough to put around their wrist would have been better.

Voilà, all done. Hand it over to you children and let them have fun!

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