The Little Mermaid Kaleidoscope


Inspired by Ariel’s collection of whozits and whatzits galore, this kaleidoscope craft will encourage your little ones to look at the world in a whole new way. See what sort of thingamabobs your family has around the house to add some sparkle, and dream up a perfect afternoon of crafting, exploring, and imagination.

Time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Reflective craft paper
  • Sheet of clear plastic (We used a food container.)
  • Metallic green cupcake liners
  • Hot glue
  • Whozits and whatzits (An assortment of small beads, sequins, and perhaps a miniature dinglehopper!)

How To Make It

  1. Measure and trim reflective paper to create a rectangular shape that is two inches shorter than the length of the paper towel roll, and three times the diameter of the paper towel roll.
  2. Bend the reflective craft paper into a triangular prism, with the reflective side facing inwards. Insert it into the paper towel roll, so that one end is flush with the end of the roll.
  3. Stand the paper towel roll upright and trace around the circular shape onto the reflective paper. Cut out the circular shape, and cut a small hole into the center. This will become the viewfinder. Set aside.
  4. Trace two additional circles onto a clear sheet of plastic (or a food container.) Cut out each circle.
  5. Place one plastic circle inside the paper towel roll so that it’s resting on the end of the triangular prism. It should be about an inch or two inside of the paper towel roll.
  6. Add your whosits and whatsits.
  7. Glue the second plastic circle onto the end of the roll to keep your whozits and whatzits in place.
  8. Separate cupcake liners and cut each one in half.
  9. One at a time, glue the cupcake liners onto the roll starting at the bottom, and layering upwards to create a mermaid tail effect.
  10. Finally, hot glue the viewfinder made of reflective paper on the end opposite of the whozits and whatzits.
  11. Let dry completely.
  12. Instruct your kids to look through the viewfinder to reveal the mesmerizing results.


All hot gluing and cutting should be done by an adult.

Posted 4 years Ago
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