Monday, January 19, 2015


As Valentine's Day is coming soon, I made a Valentine Kaleidoscope as a gift for my boys.
The DIY was first published in my magazine Kids Nation mag Issue#3, which you can read it here.

A few days ago, Handmade Charlotte featured this DIY as well on their website.
I almost fell off my chair when they told me that they wanted to feature it there! ... because Handmade Charlotte is one of my fave websites for family & kids DIY.

This Kaleidoscope has a secret message inside, so it's going to be a sweet surprise for whoever you're going to give it to.


Paper towel roll tube
Silver mirror card
Filling: Stars confetti and blue cellophane (Note: you can use beads instead too)
Clear cellophane
Black marker
Sticky tape
Double sided tape
Colored paper (I used red and blue)


Cut three pieces of silver mirror card roughly a little shorter than the length of the paper towel roll tube. Tape the three pieces together with sticky tape to form a triangular prism. Make sure the shiny sides face inwards. The prism must be able to fit inside the tube.

Use a marker to trace around the the triangular prism on a piece of clear cellophane. Then write your secret message inside the triangle.

Secure the “message” cellophane to one end of the prism using sticky tape. Slide the finished prism inside your paper towel roll tube.

Cut a square of clear cellophane. Place it over the “message” end of the tube. Push it down so that it forms a little pouch and rests on top of the prism. Tape it to the tube using double sided tape and sticky tape.

Fill the pouch with stars confetti and blue cellophane. Place another square of cellophane over the pouch to seal the filling and attach to the tube using sticky tape, so nothing spills out.

Trace around the end of the tube using marker on blue colored paper. Cut out the traced circle. Cut a small circle in the center of the paper for peephole. Secure it to the tube with sticky tape.

Decorate the tube. I used red colored paper to wrap around the tube and drew some extra hearts for decoration.

Visit my post in Handmade Charlotte for step-by-step pictures.

Here is Kids Nation magazine Issue#3. You can click here to view it :)

Happy reading!


  1. What a cute gift idea for the kids! So fun...they'll love it!

  2. Super duper sweet! You could totally customize this any way you like. Good find! I'm definitely going to give this a go with Oliver and Charlotte!

    1. yes melissa .. you could customize it any way you like with your own secret message and paper or drawings to cover the tube! Can't wait to see how you go with it :)

  3. I love this DIY! =0)
    And I can't believe that Kids Nation is on Issue 3 already. That's awesome!

  4. Lovely DIY my friend! I will be pinning it to my craft/kids board! Thank you for sharing!


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