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Head outdoors and see how many brilliant birds you can spot with the help of some bright binoculars! Learn how to make them here!

How to make Birdwatching Binoculars


5+ (Adult supervision required!)

Difficulty level


Recommended for



30 minute build

  • A helpful adult
  • 3 toilet rolls
  • Coloured paper or paint
  • Washi tape
  • Rules
  • A cardboard circle, about 3cm in diameter
  • 3 split pins
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What to do

1. Cover two of the toilet rolls with coloured paper or paint them your favourite colour

3. Take the third toilet roll and cut it in half lengthwise.

5. If you'd like to make a focussing wheel for your binoculars, cut a 3.5cm long slit in the top strip.

7. Push the wheel through the slit, with the split pin's legs on the underside. Tape the split pin into place.

2. Stick Washi tape, in a contrasting colour, around the ends.

4. Measuring from the top of this roll, cut a strip around 4cm wide. This will become the top of the binoculars and can be painted or covered in washi tape.

6. Cover or paint the cardboard circle and push a split pin through the centre. Make sure that wheel is able to rotate freely when turned. 

8. Attach the top of the binoculars to the eyepieces either by gluing or fastening with split pins

Now your binoculars are finished! Take them outside and see which birds you can spot!

What's next?

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