How to Make a Pirate Spy Glass

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by

spy glass craftI am not a crafty mom. I hate messy projects and wouldn’t be able to use a glue¬†gun to save my life.


One of my sons favorite things to do is paint. The other is to play with this tube from inside a roll of paper towels. I came up with a craft that combines both of these things and his love for all things pirate.


While playing with a plain cardboard tube is fun, I thought it would be more fun to dress his spy glass up a little to make it look more like a real pirate spy glass.


What You Will Need to Make a Pirate Spy Glass:

  • 1 cardboard tube per kid, preferably from a paper towel roll but a toilet paper roll works fine too.
  • Paint, we used yellow but any color could work
  • Empty yogurt cup or other disposable cup
  • Sponge
  • Brown marker
  • Glitter marker (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)
  • hole punch (optional)
  • ribbon (optional)

Make your own spy glass supplies

How to Make a Pirate Spy Glass:

  1. Put paint into the empty yogurt cup and using the sponge paint the cardboard tube.
  2. Once it’s fully coated let it dry overnight.
  3. Using the brown marker add some details to the spy glass, I drew some lines around ours to make them look more like real spy glasses. I also wrote my son’s name on it along with “Pirate Captain”.
  4. Decorate. Use stickers, glitter marker or other crafting supplies to decorate your spy glass.
  5. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in one end of the spy glass, thread ribbon through the hole and now you have a way to hold your spy glass, when you are out pillaging and plundering.

Painting a spy glass


What I love about this craft is that it is super simple and minimally messy. My son was so eager to play with his spy glass once it was finished.

Pirate spy glass

Check out our other posts with ideas for pirate crafts and pirate parties!



Posted in: All, Arts & Crafts, Fun at Home

Julia is a mom to one toddler, Jackson. She holds a literature degree from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. A Jersey Girl who's life is more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse than Jersey Shore. When not chasing a toddler she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, soap operas and planning her family's next adventure.

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