I am always trying to come with new ideas for toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Recently we made a fun telescope with removable slides! It’s actually quite easy to make.


  • paper towel roll (or an old Pringles can or other large cylindrical container)
  • paints
  • marker
  • xacto knife (adult use only)
  • a sheet of acetate


  1. Use the cylinder as a template and trace a circle onto the sheet of acetate.

  2. Add a rectangle to the top half of the circle to create the slide shape. This will work as a handle of sorts, and allow your child to pull the slides in and out of their telescope.

    Carefully cut out the shape.
  3. Paint the telescope and the scenery onto your slides. We used regular acrylic paints for our slides and spray paint for the telescope body.

  4. Using an xacto, cut a slit halfway through your telescope. This is where the slides will go.

  5. Insert your slide, and you're done.

Time to play and let your imaginations run wild!

Shaleah is a blogger, mom to 3 year old Sydney, and designer. She started The Gold Jellybean as a place to share all the fun crafts and activities she and her daughter enjoy, as well as diy projects, interior design advice, and the occasional recipe. Her goal is to inspire diy parents who have creative kids and an eye for design.

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