Cardboard Pirate Spyglass
This is a cardboard spyglass I made with my boys as a make believe accessory (pirates, ship captain and whatnot).
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
Start by painting the entire roll with black acrylic paint. Paint the outside and the inside as much as possible. Set to dry.
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.
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).
Set to dry and take away the masking tape.
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!