How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos Under $10 / by Jordan Hefler

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos Under $10 | Jordan Hefler

A few years ago I saw someone post about making a little contraption that gave you the ability to create kaleidoscope images in camera, so I went out and bought the supplies and then never did anything about it! I for the life of me cannot find this original post by that person (or remember who they were) so forgive me for not crediting where I saw it first.

Anyways moving on... this is by far one of the easiest things I've done and has given me such cool results.

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler

Step 1: Get 3 equal sized mirrors

I got 2 packs of craft mirrors about 4" x 5" from Hobby Lobby about 2 years ago and I know I spent less than $10 on them. The packs came with 2 each, so I ended up having an extra mirror for this project.

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler

Step 2: Tape them together in a pyramid

Literally get some package tape or duct tape and tape them together with the mirrors facing inwards. This doesn't have to look pretty- just as long as they're flush together and sturdy enough for you to hold!

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler

Step 3: Hold the pyramid up against your camera lens or phone lens

You should be able to fit a camera lens through the middle of it or at least right up to the pyramid to where you can start to see the kaleidoscope effect. Play with this, as you will be able to move it around and experiment to get different looks and reflections (similar to shooting through a glass prism.) Be mindful of what is behind you when you're shooting because the mirrors may reflect that into the foreground of the shot.

Example phone selfie, complete with no makeup!!!

Example phone selfie, complete with no makeup!!!

Step 4: SHOOT INCREDIBLE PHOTOS!

That's it! Here's some examples from a recent shoot I did with my friend Toni in a motel- she even took a few of me too. You can see the full blog post of those photos here.

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler
How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler
How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler
How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler
DIY Kaleidoscope Photos under $10 | Jordan Hefler
How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos | Jordan Hefler

What other DIY projects have you done that resulted in great photos? I'd love to know!

How to Make DIY Kaleidoscope Photos Under $10 | Jordan Hefler
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