How to Make a Projector

With just a couple of materials you might already have in your house, you can set up your own home-made cinema. 5-Minute Crafts has prepared a guide to help you do exactly this.

You’ll need:

  • smartphone
  • A shoebox (or something similar)
  • Black construction paper (or black paint and a brush)
  • Scissors
  • A craft knife
  • A magnifying glass
  • Tape
  • A paper clip, or clay

Step 1

  • Make the inside of your shoebox black, either by painting it or taping black construction paper inside of it.
  • Then, in the exact middle of one of the shortest sides of your shoebox, trace the outer edges of the magnifying glass, and cut it out.
  • Tape the magnifying glass over the hole (inside of the shoebox).

Step 2

  • Use the clay to make a phone stand inside of the shoebox. Otherwise, you can make a stand by bending a paper clip.
  • Place the phone on the opposite side of the magnifying glass, with its screen turned toward it.

Step 3

  • You’ll notice that when the light from your screen goes through the magnifying glass, it gets flipped upside-down. Keep this in mind when you place your phone on your stand. Have it already set in a way that will guarantee the image gets projected properly.

Step 4

  • Now, simply turn off the lights and test your projector on a white wall, or one covered by a white blanket / projector screen.
  • Play around with your projector’s position on your room, as well as the position of the stand inside of the shoebox to find out what works best for you.
  • Lastly, close the shoebox for an optimal viewing experience.

Note: Turn your screen’s brightness all the way up.

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