Yes, you heard that correctly, Zoonoculars (catchy phrase, right)! The idea came to me after I had made some paper towel tube binoculars for the boys. They immediately set off playing safari guide with them, spotting their stuffed animals lurking wildly around the house. It made me think, what if I brought the safari, or zoo, to them? A couple of cardboard box pieces, twine, paint, popsicle sticks, and hot gluing later, we had our first pair of zoonoculars! The instructions are as follows…
-Flat Cardboard pieces about (6”x9”) with 2x triangular side pieces
-2 x Paper Towel Tubes
-2 x Popsicle Sticks
-2 x Clothes Pins
-Paper Hole Puncher
-Hot Glue Gun (I HIGHLY recommend hot glue to regular glue, it’s stronger!)
-Paint (I used Gouache but Acrylic will work fine too)
-Small, Plastic Animals
Making the Zoonoculars:
Step 1: Wrap your duct tape around the individual paper towel tubes.
Step 2: Lay your tubes side by side and then wrap the top with one long piece of duct tape that goes over and under both tubes. Leave a little space in the middle for a nose. Repeat 2-3 times, going a little farther down each time on the tube.
Step 3: Punch holes on the outside of each tube, then tie your twine through it. This is your neck holder so make it as long, or as short, as needed.
Making the Landscape Box:
Step 4: Paint your cardboard piece however you want. You will want the folded up piece (background) to be 1/3 of the total cardboard and the base (ground) the other 2/3. For mine that was 1/3 sky to 2/3 grass. Paint your scenery while the cardboard is flat, it's easier. Once dry, fold to the above dimensions. Cut out and paint two side pieces. An easy equation here is to measure the length of your base and the height of your background. Cut one rectangle that matches these dimensions then cut at an angle across. You should now have two triangles that run the sides of the landscape. I painted a tree to add to this as well.
Step 5: Hot glue your triangular sides to the box and let dry, just a couple of minutes. Once dry, flip over and hot glue your popsicle sticks to the bottom, allowing 2/3 of them to stick out. Make sure they are seperated by the distance of your binocular tubes. Hot glue the clothes pins to the bottom of your binoculars and let dry. Hot glue any additional scenery on.
Once it’s all dry, just push open your clothes pins on the ends of your zoonoculars, slide the popsicle sticks in, and commence playing!
Find of the Week: I used the above Chevron duct tape for the river portion of my landscape. What a score! Barry found this at Target and the second he brought it home I ripped into it...it's too much fun and has insane DIY potential!