Didn't they turn out cute? My boys absolutely love them. Here's how I made them:
1) I cut two 6"x6" squares of blue foam.
2) I cut two 6"x6" squares of zebra felt.
3) I cut two 6" X 1 1/2" strips from the leftover blue foam, and I cut four 1" X 6" strips from the black felt.
4) Using hot glue, I glued the zebra felt to one side of each foam piece.
5) I glued the foam to the edge (on the end) of each of the square pieces.
6) I glued the black felt strips on top of the blue foam (near the edge) and on the opposite side from the foam and felt.
7) I rolled each square piece to create a cylinder, overlapping 1/2", and I glued it in place (using lots of hot glue). Then, I used hot glue to attach the cylinders together.
8) I traced around each end of the cylinders on black felt to get 2 felt circles, secured them in place using hot glue, and cut out centres using sharp scissors.
9) I used scissors to punch a small hole in the side of each cylinder, fed cording through the holes, and secured it with knots.
These binoculars turned out super-cute, but they take some time to construct given all the steps. For a simpler version, you could just use plain foam squares and a couple of black felt strips at the top and bottom of the cylinders. It just depends on how much time you want to spend on the project. :-)
Would your little one love going on a backyard adventure with these adorable safari binoculars?
Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)
Disclosure: I received free projects related to this post, but the opinions on this blog are my own.