Ultra high definition TV's are great, but do you know what's greater? Making your own pre-film animation device. So here are the instructions.


Be careful when handling the inside lip of the tin, it can have very sharp edges.

You will need:

  • 1 x Small pasta tin
  • 1 x Paper template
  • 1 x Piece of plasticine
  • 1 x Marble
  • 1 x Pencil
  • 1 x Pair of scissors 


  1. We will make a zoetrope with a small spaghetti tin.

  2. Our drawings they will spring to life, when we give it a quick spin.

  3. Print the strips of paper, from the template that you’ve got.

  4. Now using scissors, cut the strips, each should have eight slots.

  5. Draw some pictures in the squares, that change position slightly.

  6. Roll the strip into a tube, a loose one, not too tightly.

  7. Put the tube inside the tin, it’s sharp so please take care.

  8. Open out to meet the sides, it should sit quite nicely there.

  9. Roll a ball of plasticine for the bottom of the tin.

  10. Press a marble into place, now give the tin a spin.

  11. Adjust your gaze and through the slots, if you’re lucky you should glance.

  12. Your pictures, they are still no more, they’ve all begun to dance. 

Further ideas:

Perhaps you could experiment with bigger tin? What a great excuse to eat all of the biscuits!

Don't forget to share a picture or video of your creation on our Facebook page, we'd love to see it.


Published in the February edition of Dartford Living magazine.