DIY Binoculars For Your Stuffed Animal | Guest Post by Miriam

Hello and welcome back to BABF! It’s Miriam here guest posting a craft you can make for you and your stuffed animals. If you don’t already know me, I blog over at Inside Miriam’s Mind. Thank you so much, Diamond, for this amazing opportunity! 

Today, Chilly and I are showing you how to make your binoculars! Chilly is one of my stuffed animals! Go ahead, introduce yourself Chilly. 

*Chilly speaking* Hello guys! How are you doing? Like Miriam already said, my name’s Chilly. I’m a polar bear, but I won’t hurt you. I’m very kind and sweet.

I love the outdoors, especially the Arctic, which is where I’m from. I’m so happy to share with you a great craft for you to do with all of your friends. These are easy to make, and very stylish for all the outdoor activities you’ll use them for. 

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*Miriam speaking * Thanks, Chilly. Let’s get onto the craft!

Warning: this craft requires a hot glue gun. Before using a hot glue gun confront your parent or guardian and ensure that it’s safe for you to use one. 

Supplies: 

  • 1 toilet paper roll (used and clean)
  • 1 12″ long pipe cleaner (in any color)
  • Washable paint (color of your choice and black)
  • Paintbrush (I used a 1-inch paintbrush)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (with glue sticks)
  • One-hole punch
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Paper towels 

Instructions:

  1. Place paper towels on your workspace to avoid paint on the surface you’re using. 

2. Measure half of the roll and mark with a pen. Cut the toilet paper roll in half. This can be tricky, be careful. My toilet paper roll is 4.5 inches long, so I now have two 2.25 inch long cardboard tubes.

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3. Paint the inside of the rolls black. By painting the inside black, it will make them appear more like real binoculars. Try to only paint the inside of the binoculars black because we’ll be painting the outside a different color.

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4. Let the black paint dry. While you’re waiting, plug in the hot glue gun. 

5. Paint the outside the color of your choice. Chilly chose blue because it reminded her of where she’s from, the Artic. 

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6. Squirt a long line of hot glue on the side of the tube and place the other tube aliened with the other tube. Let the glue dry before continuing.  Remember to unplug the hot glue gun.

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7. Once the glue has dried, punch a single hole horizontal to where the tubes alpine, about 1/2 centimeter below the edge. Repeat on the opposite side.  

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8. Place the pipe cleaner through one of the holes, approaching from the outside, and wrap about 1 1/2 centimeters around the hole. Take the other end of the pipe cleaner and do the same. 

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9. Enjoy your binoculars! 

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We hope you enjoyed this post! This was so fun to make. 

Don’t forget to email your pictures from this craft to worldofagdollsblog(at)gmail(dot)com!

(Anyone else surprised that I painted with a white stuffed animal next to me and didn’t get paint on Chilly?)

-Miriam

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