Use a potato chip can and Phoomph to create a Kaleidoscope

Use a potato chip can and Phoomph to create a Kaleidoscope

Combine Phoomph and a potato chip can to create a Kaleidoscope that will entertain and amaze the kids and a few grown-ups, too!


Phoomph, Stiff, 1 sheet

Phoomph, Soft, 2 sheets

Print fabric, ½ yard

Coordinating solid fabric, 1/8 yard

Metallic Dura-Lar Film, Silver, 1 sheet (9” x 12”)

Scrapbooking paper to coordinate with main fabric

Polyester fiber fill or cotton balls

Assorted small trinkets

Quilter’s template plastic, blank or vellum paper

Clear plastic, 1/8 yard

Potato chip can, 2 (1 can and 2 lids)

Transparent tape



1. Remove metal bottom from can with can opener. Set aside.

2. Peel paper backing from Phoomph, Stiff. Cover with the sheet of Metallic Dura-Lar Film. Cut to 7 ¼” x 9”

3. Measure 2 score lines 2 ¼” apart plus ½” flap.

Kalidoscope 1




4. Score silver film side along red score lines. Fold to form triangle with the silver film inside. Fold ½” flap over edge. Tape in place.

Kalidoscope 2




5. Put silver tube inside can. To secure tube pack sides with polyester fiber fill or cotton balls.

6. Cut a 4-inch circle from scrapbooking paper to coordinate with print fabric. Cut a dime size hole in the center of the circle. Around the outside edge make ½” cuts towards the center every ½” around the perimeter of the circle. Kalidoscope 37. Center paper viewer over the bottom of the can (metal end). Tape in place bending cut pieces down the sides. Cover with the plastic lid from the second potato chip can.

8. Cut a clear plastic circle using the top of the can as a guide.

9. Place the clear plastic circle over the reflection triangle tube pushing down slightly. Fill with small trinkets.

10. Cut a circle from template plastic to fit inside the plastic lid from the potato chip can. Cover the trinkets with the plastic lid.

11. Cover one sheet of Phoomph, Soft with print fabric. Peel paper backing and wrap panel around the can overlap the fabric at least 1-inch.

12. Cut 2 strips of Phoomph, Soft ½”and ¾” wide. Cover with coordinating solid fabric. Peel paper backing and wrap strips around the top and bottom of the can.

Note: Aluminum foil may be substituted for the Metallic Dura-Lar Film. It will not be as smooth. Apply it carefully to the Phoomph.

About the Author

Eizabeth Hill is a retired county extension agent who has taught countless 4-H’ers to sew. Elizabeth designs projects for Coats and Clark and she continues to share her love of sewing with youth in her church & community.

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