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There’s no doubt going on a safari is a REAL adventure. But you’ll need some gear. Binoculars are great for spotting animals at a distance, even in the backyard. Here’s how to make a pair of your own.

Tools and materials


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Cut the contact

Cut your light-coloured contact into two long strips. Then cut each strip in half to make four pieces.

3Wrap it up

Stick your strips onto the end of each toilet roll. Remove the backing paper and the contact will stick to the toilet roll.

4Change the colour

Repeat this process – cutting and sticking - but this time use a different colour – we used green contact. Create another row near the first strip. Then use a third coloured contact – ours was a darker timber colour - to create a wider strip. This will go around both toilet paper rolls to join them together and create the binoculars.

5Cut string to size

Next up attach some string, so that your binoculars will hang handily around your neck. Measure the length – you'll need to measure around your neck. Then cut the string to size.

6Attach the string

Use Velcro to attach the string to the binoculars. Take the harder piece of Velcro in the roll, cut a small piece, and attach it inside the outer corner of the binoculars. Repeat on the other side. Next up use the softer roll of Velcro. Cut a small piece and peel off the backing paper. Stick the string in between and fold over. That's one side done. Repeat the process for the other side. Attach the string to the binoculars.

7It's safari time

Your binoculars are ready for a safari around home, the backyard, or even under the bed. What animals are lurking there?

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.