Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars and a Rant about Personal Space  

I’ve vowed from the get go to keep it real here. So, here’s the real deal today… what the fuck happened to personal space???? If people had to guess what I most miss about pre-baby life, I’m sure they’d place their bets on sleep being my answer. Wrong! 

Personal. Space. 


The ability to go from point A to point B in my home without tripping over my toddler because god forbid he be more than a foot away from mama for more than 8 seconds at a time. All day. Every day. And most nights (since he almost always ends up in my bed or me in his), the 3 foot version of me is underfoot calling my name. Don’t get me wrong, obviously I adore my child. But man, what I would give to be able to pee alone…. 

I’ve begun looking for full time work and have all the feels about leaving SAHM life. Recently I took an interview for a job that would likely require me to commute via train for an hour and a half each way. People are very concerned about the length of this commute. Really? Do you have toddlers? Because the idea of 3 hours a day where I sit alone and no one climbs on me or calls my name 16 times a minute sounds like heaven. Most days I would cut off a limb for a commute to work. The chance to gather my thoughts solo, be by myself, listen to my music, ease in and out of the day… that will likely become my favorite part of being a working mom. Mateo is a delight. Except when I trip over him. End rant. 

Now, onto our craft. 


I wasn’t feeling a mess today… and I was strongly hoping for a bath free evening. Therefore, I opted for these adorable toilet paper roll binoculars. The craft was made even more perfect by the fact that we just checked out a new book called “Pretend” from the library and it’s a current favorite of Mateo’s. His favorite part? The binoculars and looking for pirates. It’s like the universe wanted us to make this craft. 

Super easy to make and incredibly mess free, this was a huge hit that resulted in every room in our house being cased by a super jazzed explorer with high powered binoculars. 

Check it out below and get crafting. It truly doesn’t get easier than this . 


Materials: 

  • Clothespin
  • Toilet paper rolls (2) / or one large paper towel roll cut in half. 
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Stickers 
  • String
  • Hole puncher 

Directions: 

  • To Prep: Hot glue the clothespin in between the toilet paper rolls and punch a hole on the outside of each roll (to thread your string through to create a necklace). Cut strips of construction paper. Gather tape and stickers. 
  • Let your little one choose the order of the colored strips and allow them to tape the strips around the toilet paper rolls. (Since my toddler loves few things more than getting into a roll of tape, this was a huge hit). 
  • Once that’s done, let your little guy go to town with stickers. We chose a delightful combo of PJ Masks, Thomas the Tank Engine, Minion and star stickers for our decorating. 
  • Finally, loop the string or yarn through the holes and show your little one how to use them to find things (pirates, specifically). 
  • Let the exploration begin!! 

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