the edge. You can cut through the pencil with an
X-Acto, a utility knife, or a small saw. Make sure the
cut end is smooth.
6. Use electrical, cloth, or foam tape to tape the
pencil tightly to the middle of one of the flat sides of
the tube, running parallel along the outside (Figure D).
8. Stick the pushpin or thumbtack through the
center of the decorated lid and anchor it into the
middle of the pencil eraser.
That’s it. Spin the disk and look through the tube
to a beautiful image! Making this kaleidoscope
unlocks the principles of how the instrument works.
7. Glue beads and treasures to the yogurt lid with
craft glue. Allow the glue to dry overnight. It will dry
clear, so don’t be stingy; make sure everything is
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Carolyn Bennett ( cbennettscopes.com) has been creating
kaleidoscopes for over 35 years. She also enjoys photographing antique objects and the farmlands that surround her home.