Summer Camp - Homemade Binoculars

Hey hey! My name is Missy and I’m an artist and guest blogger. In my free time, I’m an avid bird watcher. I call myself a “bird nerd.” I have many bird books on my shelf, bird feeders and birdbaths in my yard and a trusty pair of binoculars I never leave home without.

Using a pair of binoculars is very helpful in observing the world around you. It helps you focus in on smaller details you might otherwise miss. Here is a way to make a pair of your very own binoculars to use in your own backyard or on camping trips with your family. Pair these binoculars with your own homemade field journal.

Homemade Binoculars


  • Two toilet paper rolls (or a paper towel roll cut in half)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Yarn
  • Clothes pins (optional)
  • Crayons or markers or stickers


  1. Lay your toilet paper rolls flat on a table, side by side.
  2. Run a line of glue between then to hook them together.
  3. Use clothespins to hold them in place while they dry completely.
  4. Hold a piece of yarn over the back of your neck (like a necklace) to measure how long you want your binoculars to hang.
  5. Cut the piece of yarn and attach it to either side of your toilet paper rolls with tape.
  6. Decorate your binoculars with crayons or markers or stickers.

Head outside and see what you can see! If you’d like to make a field journal to keep track of the plants and animals you spot, you can use the Missy’s Make-A-Book video.

There are millions of different types of birds, plants and animals to see with your binoculars. Try slowing down, being still, and quiet while searching. You’ll be amazed at what you can find!

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