DIY Easter kaleidoscope with old upcycling bowls

I have always been fascinated by the magic of a kaleidoscope. Beautiful patterns and colors. It was the kaleidoscope I had in mind when I made the beautiful decoupage Easter bowls.

They are quite simple and cheap to make. The turquoise bamboo bowls had been discarded as they had become worn and discolored on the inside. But with some photocopies printed from the net, glue varnish and completely glossy wood glue, they turn into small kaleidoscopes that you do not just get tired of looking at.

A kaleidoscope is a tubular toy (usually made of decorated cardboard) with a binocular hole at one end and inside equipped with mirrors. The usually two, sometimes three, mirrors are placed at an acute or right angle to each other, so symmetrical patterns are formed when looking through the binocular hole.

The kaleidoscope was invented by the Scotsman Sir David Brewster in 1816 and patented in 1817. He named it after the Greek words καλός (kalos), είδος (eidos) and σκοπέω (scopeο), meaning beautiful, form and sight, respectively, or to consider or examine (i.e. a beautiful-shape viewer).

The tube can be filled with colored pieces of glass, pebbles or the like at the opposite end in relation to the binocular hole where the light enters, so that when you shake it, different symmetrical patterns are formed.

Start by finding some pictures you would like to use. It can be, like here, print from the web, advertisements, glossy pictures, photos or anything else. Cut out the pictures and apply glue varnish on the area where you want to start with a picture. There must be both glue varnish on the bottom and above the picture. Use a brush or your fingers to slide the image into place. When the bowl, as here, curves a lot, you can advantageously glide the image into place with a little glue and your index finger. But it must be good with glue varnish on top of the picture because otherwise the finger gets stuck in the picture and destroys it.

Continue until the bowl is covered or where you thought it should be decorated.

When you are satisfied, the bowl should stand and dry. It takes about an hour. Then brush the decoration with full-gloss water-based wood lacquer. Let the dish dry. Lakes again. It must be varnished 3 times in total. When the bowl is dry after the 3rd varnishing, the bowl is finished. It will be able to withstand being used for “dry” food. Cozy, cheap and easy. Have fun; 0)

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