- Step 1: Project Preparation
Gather the materials needed for making the color wheel. If you
are doing this project with a group of young children, precut the
cardstock and cellophane.
- Step 2: Make a Pattern
Cut a 2" by 3" piece of scrap paper. Fold the paper in half
lengthwise then unfold. Use the 1" circle punch to punch a
circle in the center about ½" from the top. With the paper folded, draw a
larger semi-circle around the hole, then draw a handle shape at the
bottom of the circle. Cut out your pattern and unfold. For a
larger circle punch, increase the paper scrap rectangle
Tip: Make a pattern from cardstock for the
children to share. Some children may have trouble using the paper
- Step 3: Cut and Punch Cardstock
Trace around the pattern six times onto cardstock. Cut out each
traced pattern. Try to trace and cut accurately.
Use the circle punch to punch a hole in each piece of cut
cardstock. Use the paper pattern as a guide for where to punch. It
is important that the holes in all the cardstock pieces line-up!
- Step 4: Cut Cellophane
Cut out the cellophane pieces just smaller than the outside of
your cut pieces but larger than the punched circle.
- Step 5: Glue
Sandwich a colored piece of cellophane between two pieces of cut
cardstock. Glue together to make a spy glass. Repeat until all
three spy glasses are made.
- Step 6: Assemble
When the spy glass pieces are dry, punch a hole in the center of
the handle end. Be sure to punch each piece in the same place.
Use the first punched spy glass piece as a guide
for the other two.
Stack all the spy glass pieces on top of each other aligning the
cellophane circles and punched handles. Fasten them together with a
paper fastener to make your color wheel.
How many colors can you make with
different combinations of two layers?